PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Whether your four-legged friend has been naughty or nice this year, we know many pet owners want to capture the spirit of Christmas with a photo of Santa... and their beloved dogs or cats.

We found a few places around town that will snap a pic of the bearded guy and your furry friend that you can hold as a keepsake for many Christmases to come. 


Arizona Mills Mall will host Pet Photo Night with Santa Sunday, Dec. 16 from 6 8 p.m.

Santa has set up shop in his Winter Wonderland near the Food Court.

Photo packages will be available for purchase. 

All animals must be on a leash or in a cage. Pet parents are responsible for cleaning-up after their pets.

More information is available online.


Pets will have the chance to sit on Santa's lap and have their photo taken at PETCO stores nationwide Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The photos are $9.95 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to homeless animals. 

The Sunday hours are not available at all stores. Find out if your local Petco is participating at


Bring your pet and the whole family to take a photo with Santa at a PetSmart near you this weekend.

Photo opportunities include a free digital photo file, or photos can be taken on personal devices.

The pet event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

To find a store near you, visit

Here are some tips for getting your pooch Santa-photo-ready:

Bring treats

Make sure you bring a stash of your dog's favorite treats to reward them for good behavior. (Or to use as a bribe for sitting still!)

Tire them out before you arrive

A tired pet is a happy pet, so consider taking your dog out for a nice long walk or giving him some extra play time.

Bring a friend to help

Ask a friend or family member to come along – an extra set of hands never hurts. While you’re busy signing paper work and paying for the photos, your friend can pay attention to your pet and keep them calm with all the excitement around them.

Be realistic

Not all pets are going to be naturals at getting their pictures taken… especially on the lap of a guy in a bright red suit and a fluffy white beard. It’s important to realize that what you’ve pictured in your head and what you see in print might be two completely different things. 

Toys, toys, toys

Nothing will get your dog's attention like a squeak from their favorite toy. Bring that along on your Christmas adventure to see Santa -- it's a great way to get your pet to at the camera.

Most importantly, don’t put too much pressure on your pets. They’re doing their best and they’re doing this for you, so have fun and make the best of it.

Happy Holidays!


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