United Way to host 3rd Annual Free Photos with Santa

The twinkling lights, the cheerful carolers, the delicious food and the time with family – truly, no time is better than Christmas time. At United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley we strive to help make that a reality for children, no matter what their financial situation is. For many local families that fall within the ALICE® population, a trip to go meet Santa and to have a  professional photo taken is simply not a financial option. This is where United Way and our community partners come together to make it possible.
Thanks to the generous support of donors and sponsors, we’re able to create magical Christmas memories for more than 300 children and their families every year through our FREE Photos with Santa event. We hope you will join us and share in our joy as we help families come together this holiday season.
Event Information: Bring your little ones to meet Santa and get high quality digital, professional photos for FREE with United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. Optional donations for United Way NSV will also be collected.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 9 AM – 1 PM 
The George Washington Hotel
103 E Piccadilly St, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
  • All photos will be posted to United Way’s Facebook for easy sharing and tagging! (Facebook.com/UWNSV), or feel free to take your own!
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families and children will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
  • This event has been made possible through the generosity of Frederick County Virginia Sheriff's Office, United Bank, Trex Company, Stephanie Leigh Photography and The George Washington Hotel


Families wishing to participate can line up as early as 8:30am at the George Washington Hotel for tickets to go see Santa. Families will be given a ticket with a time window where they can expect to be photographed. Families will be called in the order they have arrived. Families must be present at their ticket window time. Some families may wish to leave and return closer to their approximate photo time


There will be four ticketed photo sessions 

o Red session (starting at 9am with numbers 1-35)

o White session (starting at 10am with numbers 36-70)

o Green session (starting at 11am with numbers 71-105)

o Blue session (starting at 12 with numbers 106-140)

o 25 standby tickets will be given out, with no guarantee of seeing Santa. People must be on site when their standby number is called - these numbers can be called at any point if there is room in a session,

• Each session is designed to accommodate one group photo for a family or child
• There will be a board with ticket numbers 1-140 listed, with numbers being checked off as people are seen

• There will activities and educational opportunities in the garden room for families while they wait