20 Facts About How Much People Spend On The Holidays

Some parents pay a pretty penny for a visit with Santa. Credit: Shutterstock

19. A Fortune For Santa

For a lot of kids, meeting Santa Claus is an experience we might forget when we are older. But plenty of us have awkward photos of us screaming because we don’t want to sit on a strange man’s lap. The average cost of getting a picture with Santa at your local American mall costs between $25 to $50, depending on how many photos and digital downloads they get. According to Market Watch, some parents pay as much as $325 for a picture package with Santa in New York City. And in the Harrods department store in London, shoppers had to pay a whopping $2,500 to see Father Christmas in 2019. Yikes.

Santa pictures are big money-making businesses. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want to save money, try to find local community events where they have someone dressed as Santa Claus. In most cases, you can ask permission to take a photo on your phone for free. This way, you can post the photo on social media and get paper prints made at your local CVS or Walmart.