S’mores with Santa Kansas City

2023 Sessions are Complete.

2024 dates will be November 23 & 24, 2024.


Location: As in years past, this annual event will happen at the beautiful Gather at Red Cedar Gardens in Stilwell, KS. If you haven’t been there before, you’re in for a treat; one year someone said it was like being in a Hallmark movie!

Dates: 2023 has already occurred! 2024 will go on sale in September.

NEW THIS YEAR: There will be two session types offered! Most will be the classic experience hundreds of Kansas City families have come to love over the last 4 years, but there will also be a handful of Luxe experiences each day. The Luxe will give more time with Santa and extra special surprises!


Classic Experience $179 – Up to 10 minutes around the fire pit with Santa, and 3 digital images of choice from your gallery. Session is for up to 7 people – if you have more than 7, you must book two back to back spots to allow enough time.

New Luxe Experience $390 only 6 spots available! – 20 minutes around the fire pit with Santa, offering a truly relaxing and customized visit with Santa! There will be extra special touches (we like surprises, so our lips are sealed on what those will be), and your session includes 5 digitals from your gallery, a beautiful glass ornament with your favorite photo on it, and 25 Christmas cards. Session is for up to 10 people.


Will it be the same Santa this year? YES! Obviously we have to use the real Santa!

Can we use the digitals to make prints or cards? Absolutely! Any digital included with your fee, or purchased as an extra, includes a print release. There will also be a few card options in your gallery that you can purchase from me, to save you a step and time!

Can we bring extra family members with us (Grandparents, cousins, etc.)? Yes, but if you’ll have more than 7 people at a Classic session you will need to book 2 back to back spots in order to give us enough time to accommodate you. If booking the new Luxe session then you may have up to 10 people.

Can we take pictures ourselves? This gets a mostly “no” from me…. We always welcome behind the scenes stuff being posted on social media (especially when you tag Faces You Love and Gather in the posts!), but we do ask that you not try to take pictures of your own. Kids tend to look to the camera being held by a parent instead of mine, and then I struggle to get eye contact for the pictures you’ve already paid for.

Can we hop into a picture too? YES! You are always welcome to hang out around the fire for the whole thing or just a single shot at the end!

Can we take pictures without Santa? No, these are strictly with Santa pictures! If you’re looking for an updated family or child portrait, I would be happy to set up a session with you (and that usually earns you a spot at my free Client Santa days).

I have a baby who isn’t sitting up yet, can we still come? Of course! Santa is always happy to hold a baby!

What’s the plan if it rains? Our Plan B is to create a magical setting under cover at Gather. Think lots of twinkle lights, cozy seating, and beautiful Christmas decor. Don’t worry – we’ve got you!

Want to see more of what this is all about? Here’s a sweet article that was published in late 2021!

Serving the Kansas City metro, both in studio and on location

913-669-7318 helen@facesyoulove.com

4569 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66207