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Santa, Holiday Selfies & Photo Opportunities

Published: December 04, 2021


Santa has been sighted this year! Visits with Santa may vary in protocols from plexiglass to masks, or to just simple selfie stations decorated for Christmas, but whatever your comfort level is — there are still some great holiday photo opportunities.

Here are some of the top photo spots to snap a holiday card picture.

1. Santa at Valley River Center

Reservations are recommended at Valley River Center mall, although some walk-ups may be permitted if there is availability. This is often a busy Santa, so plan ahead. Visits without photos are free, or photo packages are available for purchase. Santa can be socially distanced if preferred, or you can sit with him. Masks may be removed for photos. Hand sanitizer is available. 

2. Santa at 5th Street Public Market

Santa is visiting 5th Street Public Market once again! The already picturesque indoor/outdoor mall is bright with garlands and lights. Santa will wear a face shield and sit in a separate chair, but children may remove their masks briefly for the photo. Photo packages start at $5.

Pose with family in front of the sparkling Christmas tree and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Shopping in the evenings on weekends is even more magical when snow starts to fall at dusk!

3. Santa at Cabela's

Yep, he is there! And getting a photo with him using your own camera is free, you just need to reserve a time slot. The professional photographer offers one free print or you can purchase digital and photo packages. Santa is wearing a plastic face shield and kids sit on a bench in front of him. While you are in Springfield, get your gift shopping done at the many nearby stores.

4. Window Santa Selfies in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce window selfie set by Taj Morgan

Main Street in Cottage Grove is a not only dressed lovely for the holidays, there are some outstanding antiques stores and book shops for finding unique gifts. While you are shopping, snap a Santa selfie in front of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center. A festive holiday window display provides the perfect backdrop! Walk over to the nearby square to admire the town Christmas tree and get a picture in front of the tree, and in front of the Opal Whiteley mural.

5. Santa in Florence 

Santa will be cruising Historic Old Town Florence for the Old Town Park gazebo tree lighting on December 4, 2021. After that, pose with your family by the spectacular Christmas tree in the charming white gazebo every day until Christmas; then holiday gift shop along Bay Street. There are some wonderful window displays and holiday decorations.

Children can mail a letter to Santa at the North Pole Express Mail Box at the Siuslaw Bridge Interpretive Center in Historic Old Town Florence. Letters mailed before December 18, 2021, with a legible return address will get a reply from Santa!

Gift Trees & Toy Collection

Gifting is already a family tradition for many, and with so many people impacted from the pandemic and the recent wildfire devastation, it is more important than ever. Here are some virtual "trees" where you can help create a little magic and cheer in 2021.

Willamalane Giving Tree

Willamalane partners with community organizations for those in need. Instead of picking up wish lists in person, Willamalane created an online "tree" registry. Gifts can be shipped to Willamalane, where staff will coordinate deliveries.

Toys For Tots

Donate online or drop a toy off at a participating Bi-mart or UPS store. A variety of other stores throughout Eugene and Springfield are participating, including easy favorites like Eugene Toy & Hobby.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.