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Nowadays people want pet pictures not just of their children with Santa but with their pets as well. Many people consider their dogs and cats as cherished members of the family. Because of this pet pictures with Santa have become almost a fad. A number of malls, as well as stores and animal shelters are now offering this service to the public. Most places only allow dogs or dogs and cats to be photographed, but some places have gone so far to allow just about any species to have their picture taken with Santa. We are not sure how he feels when someone shows up with their pet cobra, alligator or skunk but it could be interesting.

        Dates, times & cost for all events listed are subject to change


Arlington Heights

Photos with Santa Paws in Arlington Heights
Saturday, December 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
Sponsor: The Buddy Foundation
Event at: 65 West Seegers Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 290-5808                                                                                                                 Note: while we believe the days and times listed are correct - call The Buddy Foundation to be sure—847-290-5808.

email: BuddyFoundation@att.net
Cost: $7.50 donation per picture
Bring the pets and kids for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Be sure to stop by our Holiday boutique and bake sale and help the Buddy Foundation with this fund raiser.


Pet & Kids Pictures with Santa in Bensenville
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Santa Pet & Kids Pictures Hours: Kids 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm & Pets 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Sponsor: Bensenville Park District
Event at: Deer Grove Leisure Center
1000 West Wood Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-7015
registration required
Cost: $7 for residents or non-residents
Bring your pets and the kids in for a visit and picture and a special treat from Santa Claus. Be sure your pets are on a leash or in a box or cage.


Pet Portraits with Santa                                                                                     at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale
Monday, December 4th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours : 6 pm to 8 pm
Sponsor: Picture People
Event at: Stratford Square Mall
Lower Level in Center Court
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 582-4120
No reservations required
Cost: Call Pet People for prices
On Sunday nights, which are pet nights families and their pets can visit Santa and have their pictures as well as their cats' and dogs' pictures taken with Santa. Note, Only cats and dogs on leashes are allowed.


Pet Pictures with Santa at the Red Door Animal Shelter
Winter Bazaar in Chicago
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
Santa Pet Hours: 11am to 3pm
Sponsor: Red Door Animal Shelter
Event at: Warren Park Fieldhouse
6601 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 764-2242
Note: While there is no cost to attend this event
pictures of Santa with pets or people are $15 each

Advance reservations are not required
This free event features a cookie walk with hot cider and coffee, holiday shopping and Santa photos for pets and people, All proceeds benefit the dogs, cats and rabbits at Red Door Animal Shelter. FREE PARKING.          


                                                   Photo courtesy Red Dog Animal Shelter

Photos of Your Pets and Santa at Doggy Style in Chicago
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 12 Noon - 5 pm
Sponsor Doggy Style Pet Shop
2023 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622-3157
Reservations recommended
(773) 235-9663
Cost: $15 Donation to Alive Rescue
Get your pets picture with Santa Claus and help support Alive Rescue at the same time. You’ll be given a copy of your photo and will be emailed electronic copies of all your pet photos.


                                                             Photo courtesy Alive Rescue


Fetch Portraits Santa Paws Pet Photo Tour
Stops will be made in 10 Chicagoland Areas

Wednesday, November 29th, through Sunday, December 17th, 2017
For Pet Days, Hours & Locations: Click on the LINK
Sponsor: Fetch Portraits
332 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
(773) 456-3836
Cost: $35 mini-session for your pet with Santa
Bring whoever you call family, furry or otherwise. We also welcome cats, bunnies, kids, hedgehogs, pigs...even snakes! A 5x7 print is our gift to you (tax and shipping apply). Order extra's online after the event. Tour runs 11/29 through 12/17 and stops all over Chicagoland at 10 different locations.


                                                                Photo courtesy Fetch Portraits


Photos with Santa and Your Pet at
the Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire in Evanston

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Santa Pet Hours: 11am – 4pm
Sponsor: Community Animal Rescue Effort
Event at: Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 705-2653

The Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire is your chance to get Santa Claus pictures with your dog or cat, to stock up on home made cookies or to get gifts for your pets. Donations of canned pet food would be appreciated by the Evanston Animal Shelter.

Photo courtesy Community Animal Rescue Effort Evanston


Glen Ellyn

Pictures with Talons and Claus
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 10am to 2pm
Sponsor: Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S. Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-6200
Cost: $10 per photo
Get a picture of Santa with his wildlife friends ($10 for the photo) at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Note, photos with personal pets are not being taken at this event Registration is not required.


                                      Photo courtesy Willowbrook Wildlife Center


Santa at Pet Photo Night in Gurnee
Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 7pm to 9pm Event at: Gurnee Mills Mall                                         6170 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 263-7500
http://www.simon.com/mall/gurnee-mills/                                                                  Cost: Call Gurnee Mills Mall for information on photo package pricing.
Santa will be having photos with dogs and cats on Sunday, December 10th at Gurnee Mills Mall.


Pet Night with Santa at Lincolnwood Town Center
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 6pm to 8pm
Sponsor: Lincolnwood Town Center
Event at: 3333 W Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 674-9220
http://www.simon.com                                                                                                       Note: while we believe the date and times listed are correct - call the Center to be sure.
Lincolnwood Town Center is located at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and McCormick Boulevard in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
reservations are not required
Cost: Regular photo package prices will apply
Bring your dogs and cats in for a special night to get pictures with Santa after regular mall closing.


Pet Night with Santa at Yorktown Center
Sunday, December 3rd & December 10th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Sponsort: Yorktown Center
Event at: Yorktown Mall
Highland Avenue and Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 629-7330                                                                                                                    Note: while we believe the dates and times listed are correct - call the Center to be sure.
reservations are not required
Cost: Regular photo package prices will apply
Hey, pets love Santa too! Two nights this year have been set aside for Santa to pose for pictures with pets at Yorktown. Pet owners can get in the pictures if they would like. Owners and pets will be allowed to enter after mall hours, but may line up earlier at entrance 5 next to Egg Harbor Cafe. Domestic animals only


Santa at Pet Night at Riverwalk in Naperville
Monday, December 11th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 4pm - 8pm
Naperville IL 60540
(630) 848-5000 to reserve a time for your pet
Santa House location
Jackson Ave. & Webster St.
(along the Riverwalk)
reservations required
Cost: $8 per photo or two
for $15 - cash or checks only
Pet Day at Naperville Park District's Santa House
Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue Photos
Bring your dog or cat to the Santa House on the Riverwalk, get their picture taken with Santa Claus and they will receive a treat.


                     Santa at Pet Night at Riverwalk in Naperville

                         Photo courtesy Naperville Park District


Pet Pictures with Santa at Golf Mill Shopping Center
Monday, November 27th, December 4th & 11th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 6pm to 8pm
239 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 699-1070
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT - Note: Regular photo prices apply
Bring your pet any Monday evening starting November 27th through December 11th to be photographed with Santa Claus. Please, no exotic pets. Dogs must be leashed & cats crated. Personal cameras are ok if you purchase a photo package.


St. Nick's Pet Pictures at Northbrook Court
Monday, November 13th, 20th & 27th
December 4th, & 11th 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 5pm to 8pm
Neiman Marcus Court
Northbrook, IL 60062
fronting on Lake Cook Road
(847) 498-8161
Reservations required - Book Here
Cost: Regular photo prices apply
Make sure to spread the holiday cheer to your four-legged family member at Northbrook Court. Dogs and cats (only) are welcome to meet Santa and have their photo taken as well. Join us for some holiday fun at Northbrook Court.


                                       Santa at Pet Night at Northbrook Court

Orland Park

Pet Pictures with Santa in Orland Square
Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Sponsor: Orland Square Mall
Event at: 288 Orland Square Drive
(at Lake View Drive)
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 349-1646 For more information: Click here.
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: Photo picture prices apply
Bring your furry friends to Orland Square to have their picture taken with Santa! Please enter through the upper level mall entrance near Sears or the upper level mall entrance near Macy's.


Pet Pictures with Santa in Palatine
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Sponsor: Salt Creek Rural Park District
Event at: Twin Lakes Clubhouse
1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive
Palatine, IL 60074
pre-registration required
(847) 259-6890 For more information: aklein@saltcreekpd.com
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: $10
Here’s a chance for your pet to meet Santa and get their picture taken with him. Picture comes with a frame and your pet will get a treat. Additional dogs are $1 each.


 photo courtesy Salt Creek Rural Park District

St. Charles

Animal House Veterinary Hospital Pet Pictures with Santa
Saturday, November 11t & 18th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 8am to 1:30pm
Sponsor: Animal House Veterinary Hospital
2079 Route 38
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-7404
Cost: $25 pet photo package
Animal House Veterinary Hospital is having its annual photos with Santa. Bring your pets in for pictures with Santa. All proceeds benefit H.E.L.P. - Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets.


   photo courtesy St. Charles Veterinary Clinic


Santa at Pet Night at Woodfield Mall
Sunday, November 12th & 19th, 2017                                                                
Santa Pet Hours: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Woodfield Shopping Center
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-1537
See www.shopwoodfield.com/petphotos - for information & photo pricing.        Santa will be having photos with dogs and cats at Grand Court in Woodfield. Pets must be leashed or in carriers. Enter through Door 1 next to Subway.

Santa at Jingle Paws in Schaumburg
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: Noon to 2pm
Meineke Recreation Center
220 E. Weathersfield Way
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 985-2143
Registration required
Cost: Residents $2 per person; Non-residents $3 per person

Residents Dogs $7 per dog; Non-Residents Dogs $10 per dog
Put some bells on your dog and get his picture with Santa Claus. There will be a treat hunt, an agility course plus a play area. The afternoon will be topped off with a costume contest for the hounds.

South Barrington

Photo of Your Pet with Santa
at Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital in South Barrington
Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: 3pm - 6pm
Sponsor: Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital
Event at: 35 South Barrington Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 310-8668
call to schedule an appointment
Cost: $5 donation per photo goes to The American Veterinary Medical Foundation
Bring your pet in for a photo—see Dr. House as Santa, 10 minute photo shoot appointments are available.


Spring Grove

Pet Pictures with Santa at Nature’s Feed in Spring Grove
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Santa Pet Hours: 11am to 2pm
Sponsor: Nature’s Feed
Event at: I2440 Westward Drive
Spring Grove, IL 60081
(815) 675-2008
Join us and get pet pictures with Santa Claus. Pictures will be provided electronically in plenty of time for your holiday cards and pictures. While this is a free event donations are requested to benefit the Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock.


Photos with Santa Paws                                                                                   Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Santa Pet Hours:h - 2pm to 4pm                                                   
Sponsor: Sutton Road Animal Hospital
Event at: 10 Southwick Drive
Streamwood, IL 60107
(847) 742-8298                                                                                    http://www.suttonroadah.com                                                                                  Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                   While this is a free event, a suggested $5 donation for K9s for Warriers. All photos taken will be emailed to owners. Please call the animal hospital for your appointment today.                                                                               

West Dundee

Santa Pet Pictures in West Dundee
at Spring Hill Mall
Tuesday, November 21st & 28th, December 5th & 12th, 2017

Santa Pet Hours: Tuesday, Nov. 29th - 6 pm to 8 pm                                                    Tuesday, December 6th & 13th - 6pm to 9pm
Sponsor: Spring Hill Mall
Event at: Spring Hill Mall
Route 59 and Aurora Avenue
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 428-2200
No reservations required
Cost: Regular Photo prices apply
Capture your holiday experience with your favorite pet at Spring Hill Mall. Dogs and cats only please.i


Photronics Santa Photos for Charity
Winter Bazaar in Chicago
Friday, December 1st, 2017
Santa Pet Hours: 4pm to 8pm
Sponsor: Hubbard Woods Design District
Event at: Phototronics
996 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-7510
Note: While there is no cost to attend this event
pictures of Santa with pets or people are $10 each

Advance reservations are not required
This is a Hubbard Woods Design District First Friday event. A free camera cleaning clinic will also be offered. All proceeds benefit the dogs, cats and rabbits at Red Door Animal Shelter. FREE PARKING.l



Photo of Your Pet and Family with Santa Claus
at Yorkville Animal Hospital
Saturday, December 8th & 15th, 2018
Times: 10am to 3pm
Sponsor: The Yorkville Animal Hospital
Event at: 102 Garden Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
reservations available, not required
(630) 882-6060
Cost: Packages start at $60 - proceeds donated to local animal rescues.
Bring the entire family and your pets to meet Santa Claus and to get professional photos by Burns & Batchelor Photography. Ornaments, greeting cards and photo keepsakes are also available.


                       Santa with the Macaw - photo © Burns & Batchelor Photography


Please note—all of the above events

are subject to change without notice

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