Snapshots with Santa

Catch up with the jolly old elf at these unexpected locations. 

Snapshots with Santa - YAM Magazine Holiday Issue 2023

BY LIAM RAZZELL

Ponies and Pipsqueaks

Christmas is magical at this Saanich farm, where your own little pipsqueaks can tour the barn, go for a pony ride, visit Santa in his workshop and maybe even share milk and cookies with him while a professional photographer captures the event. poniesandpipsqueaks.com

When: Milk and cookies with Santa, November 18 and 19; Christmas on the farm, weekends from November 25 to December 23
Where: 6044 Oldfield Road

Victoria Public Market

Once again, the Santa Claus Parade will end at the market; after it does, venture inside to the “Hudson Holiday Plaza” where you can listen to live music, browse locally crafted gifts, sip mulled wine and hang out with ol’ Saint Nick. victoriapublicmarket.com

When: November 25; parade starts at 5 p.m.
Where: 1701 Douglas Street

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Santa loves brunch just as much as you do. This merry and epic buffet includes cookie decorating and a photo op with the bearded gent in the red suit. Local company Four Frames will snap and print photos on site. oakbaybeachhotel.com

When: December 3, 10 and 23
Where: 1175 Beach Drive

La Société Francophone de Victoria

Joyeux Noël! Enjoy the holidays en français at École Victor-Brodeur. Browse La Société’s French-speaking artisans market, listen to the francophone choir and, of course, take a few photos with Père Noël. sfvictoria.ca

When: December 9
Where: 637 Head Street

Bosley’s By Pet Valu

Your pets may not be able to tell you what they want for Christmas, but Santa knows. He’ll happily pose with your dog, cat, snake, lizard or any pet for an un-fur-gettable photo. bosleys.com

When: December 18, 19, 25 and 26
Where: 491 Burnside Road East