Trying to find the best place to take your kids (or pets!) to see Santa? Look no further - here's our ultimate list of Santa stops in the Treasure Valley:

City Santa at DL Evans Bank
Where: 890 W Main St, Boise
When: Saturday, Dec 2 (10am-2pm)
Thursday, Dec 7 (6pm-8pm)
Saturday, Dec 9 (10am-2pm)
Saturday, Dec 16 (10am-2pm)
*Photos are free

Santa at Old Boise's First Thursday
Where: 106 N 6th St, Boise
When: Thursday, Dec 7 (5pm-8pm)
*Photos are free - bring your own camera, wine tasting and carolers. Donations being accepted for Faces of Hope Victim Center.

Cocoa with Santa
Where: Riverside Elementary, 2100 E Victory Rd, Boise
When: December 2 (9am-11am)
*Free Dutch Bros cocoa and Santa Photos - bring your own camera, bring donations or non-perishable food items for Riverside Pantry

Scentsy Point of Lights Event
Where: 2901 E Pine Ave, Meridian
When: Dec 11 & 12 at 6pm
*Free admission, warm drinks, music, live nativity scene, light display, and VISIT from Santa

Claus N Paws at Zoo Boise
Where: 355 E Julia Davis Dr, Boise
When: Saturday, Dec 2 (10am-5pm)
*Admission is free, photos available for small donation to zoo program. No pets are allowed inside the zoo.

Pet Portraits with Santa
Where: Bark N Purr, 1036 S Vista Ave, Boise
When: December 9 & 10 (10am-4pm)
*$20 photos, proceeds directly benefit SNIP's Spay/Neuter programs

Santa at Idaho Youth Ranch
Where: 10448 W Overland Rd, Boise
When: December 3 (1pm-3pm)
*Free Santa photos

Santa at Edward's Greenhouse
Where: 4106 W Sand Creek St, Boise
When: December 2 & 9 (11am-1pm)
*Refreshments and children's activities provided

Santa at Boise Towne Square
Where: 350 N Milwaukee, Boise
When: Now - December 24
Monday - Saturday from 12pm-8pm
Sunday from 12pm-6pm
*Special hours 12/15-12/23 (9am-9pm), Christmas Eve (9am-5pm)
Pet Photos: Monday Nights through December 11 (5pm-8pm)

Santa at The Village at Meridian
Where: 3597 E. Monarch Sky Ln, Meridian
When: November 18 - December 24
Monday - Saturday from 12-7pm
Sunday from 12-6pm
*Santa takes a break daily from 3:30-4pm, Christmas Eve hours may vary, line will be cut off an hour prior to closing each day
Pet Photos: Mondays 4-7pm until Dec 18

Santa at The Karcher Mall
Where: 1509 Caldwell Blvd, Nampa
When: Now - December 24
Monday - Friday (3pm-7pm)
Saturday & Sunday (12pm-5pm)
*Special hours 12/16-12/24 starting at noon Saturday - Wednesday and 10am Thursday - Christmas Eve

Breakfast With Santa at Backstage Bistro
Where: Village Cinema, The Village at Meridian
When: Each Saturday from November 25 - December 16 (9am-11am)
*Adults $12, Children $9, 2 and under are free. Breakfast included. Call 208-995-2943 to reserve your spot.

Dine with Santa at Chick-fil-A, Village at Meridian
Where: 2012 N Eagle Rd, Meridian
When: Breakfast with Santa, Dec 2 & 16 (7am-9am), $10 includes breakfast

Dine with Santa at Chick-fil-A, Franklin Road
Where: 8000 W Franklin Rd, Boise
When: Multiple Events

  • Breakfast with Santa, Dec 9 (7am-9am), $10 includes breakfast (must purchase in advance)
  • Dinner with The Clause, Dec 21 (5pm-8pm), live reindeer & carolers
  • Dinner with Santa, Every Saturday thru Christmas (5pm-7pm)
  • Lunch with Santa, Every Friday thru Christmas (11am-2pm)

Here Comes Santa Claus at The Winter Garden Aglow
Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise
When: December 1 - 4 (6pm-9pm)
*Adults $12, Children 5-12 $10, 4 and under are free. Admission $2 cheaper if purchased in advance at: idahobotanicalgarden.org/winter-garden-aglow/

Santa's Workshop
Where: Nampa Rec Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa
When: December 9 (12pm-2pm)
*Ages 3-12, $5 Members/$6 Non Members, Holiday crafts and cookie decorating with an appearance by Santa

Polar Express and Photos with Santa
Where: Nampa Train Depot, 1200 Front Street, Nampa
When: December 9 & 10 (4pm-7pm)
*Come with pjs and blanket to enjoy this movie night at the Historic Nampa Train Depot. Each ticket is $20 and includes hot cocoa, Christmas cookie, viewing of Polar Express movie, small gift from Santa, and digital copy of your photo with Santa.
Tickets (very limited): Get them HERE.