{Santa at the Space Needle} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are free so the buy one, get one free was a great deal. In addition, Santa Claus would be up there in his rocket ship as well. Here is the blurb from the website:

Seattle’s Coolest Santa and his Out-of-this-World Workship

December 10-11 & 17-24: 11am – 5pm* 
*Santa will only be here until 4pm on December 11
The coolest, hippest Santa Seattle has ever seen will be chillin’ out with a couple of his elves at the top of the Space Needle this holiday season. Eager to show off his super-sleek WorkShip, Jolly St. Nick will be on the Observation Deck to meet and greet guests and take pictures in his shiny ride.

After telling Santa what is on their wish list, kids are invited to visit the arts and crafts station on the Observation Deck to make and take home a complimentary holiday keepsake.

My boys have never been a huge fan of Santa Claus. They love the abstract idea of Santa, but when faced with the real life Man in Red, it’s another story. I’m pretty sure I have the only kids who have cried and ran away from Santa, who dared to wave at them from 20 feet away. Last year, when my oldest was five, he surprised us by actually asking to go visit Santa and having his picture taken with the Man in Red. My younger son, who was two at the time, was not a big fan. This year, he’s six, and been all over the whole Santa thing. My youngest…still not so much interested. But, they both love space, and rockets.  Plus, my husband had not been up to the top of the Space Needle since he was a child, so we planned a family outing to the Space Needle. It was one of the rare, sunny, and clear days in the Seattle winter, and we had a gorgeous view on top. It was also super windy and cold, so we did not spend a lot of time on the observation deck. Rocket Santa was as awesome as he promised to be, and my oldest son was enchanted by his visit with Santa in the rocket. My younger son…not so much. In fact, he outright refused to make eye contact with Santa, or take the candy cane from Santa’s elf helper. Oh well, maybe another year.

In all, if you are looking for a different Santa experience, I would suggest going up to the Space Needle!


At the observation deck on top of the Space Needle. Please note that two out of three photo participants were cold and grumpy. 

Waiting in line for Santa Claus

Someone was a wee bit excited

They were really nice and gave parents photo opportunities as well. I’m a little sad my oldest is out of focus but he was way more interested in getting back to talk with Santa rather than look up for pictures.

My youngest wouldn’t even get in line with us.

He was much more vested in checking out the view from the telescopes

Older brother wanted a turn as well

As a bonus, we found an actual mound of actual SNOW in the Seattle Center. King of the Mountain!

2 Responses to “{Santa at the Space Needle} – Seattle Area Child Photographer”

  1. Jack Devlin says:

    Wow those were some clever photographs I’m loving the creativity!!

  2. Willie Mapp says:

    Thanks for a wonderful post!

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