Santa Claus is back and more interactive than ever! This year the Santa Experience is more detailed, interactive and unique.  

Update: This event has sold out!  See you next year!   

Last year I had my debut Santa experience and it was a big hit!  We had a great turnout and so many people raved about how great their experience was!

I had a great time too, and so I’ve decided to invite Santa back this year, and have made some changes for the better!

Even 10 minutes for each family didn’t feel like enough time in my opinion, so this year, I’ve decided to extend the session times and give families two choices:

15 minutes with Santa – this is enough time for each child to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him about themselves, what they’d like for Christmas, check to see if they’re on the “good” list, maybe even peek into Santa’s magic bag or book.

30 minute “experience” – this session is for those who are looking for a bit more!  We’ll do some creative, fun ideas that will make for a great album or gorgeous wall art.  You’ll have time to play toys with Santa, read a story, tell him your wish list, get a nice portrait and a set of fun, interactive images of your child while he or she enjoys their time with Santa.  If you have children who need some time to warm up to Santa, this session will allow you that extra time, and we’ll set up the set with toys to look at, cookies, things that will make it a fun experience for him/her.

Santa sessions will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 9am-2pm

and Saturday, November 25th from 9am-2pm

Kari Layland Photography

303 21st St Suite 134

Newport, MN 55055

Each family gets 15 or 30 minutes with Santa.  We will have books to read, a “good list”, maybe even some cookies.  They’ll get to spend time with Santa without having to wait in line.  Because we have extra time this year for each session, this should also minimize wait times from last year.  Your appointment is for your family only – I will not book multiple families in your time slot like at the mall, or make you wait in line.  We have a Christmas tree with gold trimmings, a “Santa’s workshop” style backdrop, and will add some gifts and extra decor as we plan for the day.


Based on the level of interest I’ve already gotten at the mere mention of these sessions and the limited number of sessions available, I anticipate these sessions will be sold out very quickly.  If you’re interested in reserving your time, you may do so below.  If you have any questions, you may email me at

Thank you!

When booking, please make sure to put in the notes section the names and ages of children who will be coming, along with any requests.

A few notes about booking:

  • Sessions must be paid for at the time of booking and due to the limited number of openings, are not refundable if canceled less than a week prior to your session.  If you do not wish to use Paypal at checkout, your payment must be received within 3 days of booking or your session will be made available to another family.  Your confirmation email will show you where to mail checks.  DO NOT mail checks to the studio, as the studio does not have a mailbox.
  •  Pick up is Dec 10, 2017  from 11am-2pm.  If you are unable to pick up during this time, you can have your order mailed to you for $8 shipping.
  • All orders are placed at the time of viewing, immediately after your session.  Online galleries are not available for Santa sessions.  We will have coloring books available for the kids while you view and select your images.