Cool Yule 2023

A Magical Family Holiday Photo Experience.

Looking for the perfect family holiday experience?

An experience that's actually fun for EVERYONE (including Dad!). NO long lines. NO tired decor. NO rushed Santa visits. And NO crowded malls. Just pure family holiday photo fun for everyone!

This holiday season give your family the gift of a storybook experience at Silver Orchid’s 8th annual Cool Yule Christmas event!!!!

This Year Will Be Better Than Ever!


Santa is back and will be bringing with him all the magic of the most anticipated night of the year…the night before Christmas! 

From dreamy sets of oversized sweets, cozy beds and glittering trees, to twinkling lights, and the jingle of sleigh bells and real live reindeer, this festive holiday event is one that the whole family will be sure to fall in love with!!!!

This year, we are back with MORE Santa sessions, EVEN MORE imaginative set designs, INTERACTIVE experiences, LIVE reindeer, and so much more!

Join us for this very special holiday tradition. A tradition you’ll cherish for years!

This limited-edition event sells out very quickly every year.

Grab your spots early to ensure you get everything you want out of this MAGICAL holiday event!

A Storybook Christmas Experience

Push play for all the Cool Yule love ❤️

Here's what Santa's elves want you to know!

Cool Yule™

Event Weekends

{Cross Gables Estates}


✔️ DATES: 11/11 & 11/12, 11/18 & 11/19

✔️ LOCATION: The Cross Gables Estate | Exton, PA > click here for a sneak peak


Night Before Christmas

Visions of Sugarplums

Winter’s Night

A Visit From Santa

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Holiday Lights with The Little Blue Truck


✔️ A Storybook Christmas Experience:

“T’was the night before Christmas at Cross Gables Estate and a beautiful, magical world lay in wait!”

🎶 🎨 Enjoy all the Cool Yule holiday magic ~ crafts, music, refreshments & more

🎅 🤶 Choose from SEVEN beautifully designed holiday sets

✨ Celebrate the season with family & friends

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Christmas Tree Farm

{Buck Nusery Tree Farm}



✔️ DATES: 11/4 (*rain date 11/5)

✔️ LOCATION: Buck Nursery | Pennsburg, PA


Christmas on the Tree Farm


The Christmas Tree Farm offers a timeless and natural setting for some sweet holiday family fun! A simple vintage couch will sit amongst the evergreen trees as an additional set option   

Extended family mini sessions, one evening only! 


*please note crafts, refreshments, and live music are not a part of the experience on the tree farm

Cool Yule™  Skippack 


✔️ DATES: 11/4 & 11/5, 11/21 & 11/22, 11/25 & 11/26, 12/2 & 12/3

*weekday sessions

✔️ LOCATION: Skippack Village | Skippack, PA


A Classic Christmas with Santa

Santa & Mrs. Claus 


Classic Christmas


❤️ Join us for a more intimate Cool Yule experience in Skippack Village

🦌REAL LIVE Reindeer!

🎄 Enjoy a night out with family in the village

🛍 Shop for your holiday gifts

*please note crafts, refreshments, and live music are not a part of the experience in Skippack

Cool Yule™ 2023 Set Line-Up

Available Sets

🎁 Holiday Light With The Little Blue Truck

🍬 Visions of Sugarplums

📖 The Night Before Christmas

✨ A Winters Night

🦌 Reindeer

🎅🏻 A Visit From Santa

🎅🏻 🤶 Santa & Mrs. Claus

🎄 A Classic Christmas

Full set descriptions can be found on ALL Cool Yule booking pages!

What to Expect at Cool Yule

Not Your Average Family Holiday Photo Shoot

If you’ve attended Cool Yule in the past, you know that it is unlike any family holiday photo session you have had before. We pride ourselves on making your time with us at Cool Yule a true holiday experience.

This year, we are offering THREE types of Cool Yule experiences – event weekends at Cross Gables Estate in Exton, PA, a day on the Tree Farm and weekends and weekdays in the beloved Skippack Village. At all locations, you will experience all the same holiday joy and spirit from our staff and our beautifully designed sets. At Cross Gables, you can expect the traditional Cool Yule holiday magic with a “Night Before Christmas” twist. In Skippack, you can expect smaller crowds, 1-on-1 time with Santa, and a peaceful night out in the village.

We can’t wait to share all of the Christmas Magic with you!

🚨 Note: complimentary crafts, refreshments, and live music are EXCLUSIVE to the Night Before Christmas Experience at Cross Gables Estate. For families attending Cool Yule in Skippack, we encourage you to make it a day out in the village and visit our favorite local shops & restaurants!

New to Cool Yule?! Read more about how to make the most out of your experience here!

As a Mom of 4, here is what I know about the holidays…

They. Are. Stressful.

THERE, I said it… the holidays are so SO stressful, they are crazy busy, and there are a million things to get done in just a few short weeks

And, in the middle of it all, YOU are supposed to create and also enjoy the magic of the season …

It’s a tall order. Lets be real, life with kids is crazy on a normal day!

Cool Yule is different.

Cool Yule was born after YEARS of wrangling my own kids to the mall to see Santa, then going elsewhere for family holiday photos, then another for Christmas crafts and kid-friendly fun to reward them for enduring all the “magic”.  

Cool Yule is everything I dreamed a Christmas event should be and more for YOU and your kids! Things like…  

✔️ Kids laughing, crafting, and writing letters to the big guy

✔️ Family’s getting in the Christmas spirit

✔️ Mom and Dad’s faces lighting up as they witness Christmas through the eyes of their children

✔️ Spending a cool winter night out with family & friends

✔️ Storytime with Santa

✔️ The whole family enjoying a day full of holiday festivities that are actually FUN

But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what others have to say about their Cool Yule experience…

“I’ve had tons of experience with Christmas photos at the mall. I worked there for years and I’ve taken my son and nieces to plenty of photo shoots around Christmas. All you do at those places is wait wait wait. By the time it’s your turn the kids are miserable. It was well organized, there were things to keep the kids busy and the staff was great. And the best part is I loved my photos! Overall a great experience.”

“We loved it and will be recommending it to everyone we know!”

“It’s such a great experience for my kids and they just LOVE Santa!! From the little art projects to the decor it was just so special!”

“Santa is the best I have ever seen. I loved the event and thank you so much for the experience.”

“I loved how organized the event was and that you got a time slot, that way you’re not waiting around with a screaming child. Santa was incredible and the photographer knew exactly how to get my babies’ attention. All around a great experience!”

“I look forward to this event every year!”

Stop torturing yourself in mall lines at Christmastime.

Join the Cool Yule family for a day you’ll always remember.

Let me break down the details for you!

12 Dates to Choose From:

This year you will have 12 days throughout the months of November and December to choose from!

3 Locations:

The Silver Orchid Photography studio and Barn both in the heart of Skippack Village, PA AND the beautiful Cross Gables Estate in Exton, PA., and Buck Nursery Tree Farm in Pennsburg, PA!

Holiday festivities AT THE GABLES!

Holiday crafts, letters to Santa & other fun holiday activities all inside our very own North Pole…this will surely get your kids into the holiday spirit. 

MORE TIME with Santa and Mrs.Claus

Santa and Mrs.Claus will be visiting with us at all The Gables AND The Skippack Studio this year so everyone has a chance to meet the big guy and his right hand lady!

9 Beautifully Curated Sets

Choose from both Christmas & Winter themed sets at the Tree Farm, the Skippack Village, and Cross Gables Estate. 

Book 1, 2, or 5…it’s entirely up to you. 

Premium Cool Yule Experiences

The kids will be talking about their time with Santa (or Santa & Mrs!) for years to come. You’ll find Santa at Cross Gables and in Skippack with lots of dates to choose from!

Santa’s Reindeer are flying in for a special experience alongside Santa’s sleigh at Cross Gables Estate and in Skippack.

NEW this year join us at Buck Nursery Christmas Tree Farm for  Extended Family Minis!

Your Investment

All session costs include:

✔️Your choice of 9 curated Winter or Christmas themed sets

✔️ALL digital images & print release

✔️No lines or crowds

✔️No whining (ok, you know we can’t promise that one!)

Session costs:

✔️Signature Seasonal Sessions = $175

Classic Christmas, A Winter’s Night, Visions of Sugarplums, Holiday Lights With The Little Blue Truck, Night Before Christmas, A Visit From Santa

✔️Signature Santa & Mrs.Claus Sessions = $200

✔️ Premium Reindeer and Extended Family Minis-Christmas Tree Farm = $225

What’s Next

It’s easy…Choose the sets you want to book, choose your times and how much time you need in between for outfit changes or to enjoy the other festivities, check out and pay the deposit, and done. You are set for the Christmas event of the season! 

Still have questions? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

Our Local Cool Yule Partners

We want to share an extra special thank you to all of our amazing local Cool Yule partners who help us bring the holiday magic to life year after year. Please consider supporting some of our favorite local Skippack businesses this holiday season ❤️

➡️ Buck Nursery

➡️ Spruce Run Reindeer

➡️ Sami’s Trees

➡️ 4 Front Film Co

➡️ State of Mind Printing

➡️ Cross Gables Estates

➡️ Burnt Rose Studios

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