Santa Claus is a jolly symbol of the joy and magic of the Christmas season, and he is coming to a Los Angeles area town near you! Photos with Santa are a wonderful holiday tradition, whether your little ones cry or smile. This list will help you find the best places to see (and get a selfie with) Santa Claus in Los Angeles. Now with Map!
Breakfast with Santa + Photos With Santa
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA
Visit Santa Claus at “his ocean-side workshop” at Santa Monica Place. Santa will be available for photos from November 21st through December 24th. There will also be Pet Photos and a special Breakfast with Santa. Check the website for details on how you can make a reservation.
The Giveaway [UPDATE: the giveaway is over and a winner has been chosen. Thanks for entering!]
We are partnering with Santa Monica Place to give away a holiday package of the following:
• 1 pair (2) kid tickets for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 9 a.m. ($10 value). Adult admission is free**
• (1) Free Photo Package that includes digital files (up to 3 photos) – (4) 5x7s, (2) 4x6s, (4) 3x5s, (4) wallets + free Shutterfly Promo Code ($49.99 value)
Photos with Santa can be taken following the Breakfast in any half hour increment beginning at 11:30am. Both Breakfast with Santa and the photo op will take place at Santa Monica Place (Third floor in cafeteria).
ONE winner will be chosen at random Friday morning, December 6th – and must be available to attend the breakfast on December 7th in Santa Monica, California. Winner will be asked to provide the following information in order to process the tickets: first & last name, contact info, and number of guests (including adults).
Christmas on the Farm
Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
Don’t miss visits with Santa Claus at the charming Underwood Family Farms. Mark your calendars – Santa will only be available on two weekends – December 7th and 8th and December 14th and 15th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Make sure to bring your camera. Families can also find Big Wave Dave’s Fresh Cut Christmas Trees, mistletoe, and wreaths for sale. Check the website for details.
Santa’s Holiday Visit to Disney California Adventure
1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Meet Santa at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure Park from November 8th through December 24th. “Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed into a holly, jolly, joy-filled playground, complete with seasonal games and outdoor activities for all to explore.” Santa will be available for visits at the Ahwahnee Camp Circle.
Visit Santa at Ontario Mills Mall
1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764
Santa is ready to spread joy to kids and families at the Ontario Mills Mall. Santa arrives November 8th giving you plenty of time to get out, get some holiday shopping done, and visit with Santa! Families can also save time by reserving their time-slot to see Santa using Santa’s FastPass. Check the website for details.
L.A. Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
L.A. Zoo Lights is a yearly holiday light extravaganza. Each night from November 15th through January 5, 2020, between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, families will marvel at the “world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.” Santa Claus will be available for photos on select days (November 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16-23) from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Check the website for details and ticket information. Photos with Santa do require an additional fee.
Santa’s Cottage at Palisades Village
15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Thousands of twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments will adorn the coastal village alongside weekend snowfall and lively entertainment bringing the magic of the wintery holiday season to Southern California. Sunday, November 24th is the tree lighting celebration – and will culminate with Santa’s grand arrival. Santa’s Cottage will open November 25 and run through December 24, from 9am – 9pm, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital LA.
Official City of Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony
1200 block of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
Head to the Third Street Promenade on Saturday December 7th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the city of Santa Monica’s Holiday Party. This free event will feature music, a candle light walk, festive fun, the tree lighting ceremony, and photo ops with Santa!
Holiday Train Rides
Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
364 Main St., Fillmore, CA 93015
The Fillmore and Western Railway Company invites you to get into the Christmas spirit aboard their trains. You have a few train ride options including the Sugar Plum Express, a 1-2 hour train adventure which also provides the chance to take photos with Santa, and the Polar Express Train Ride, a 1-hour train ride to visit with Santa at the “North Pole” and featuring the sounds of the film soundtrack. Check the website for details including departure days and times and information on how to reserve your tickets.
Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
From November 29th through December 23rd, 2019, ride the train through thousands of twinkly lights to stop at the “North Pole” where visits with Santa in his village are extraordinary. Sip on some hot chocolate as you head back on the train through even more twinkly lights. Check the calendar for available dates, times, and ticket prices.
Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art and Craft Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Beach invites families to its Winter Fantasy. The Sawdust Festival grounds will resemble a winter wonderland featuring 180 artists creating a variety of different art media including ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, painting, and more. In addition, you’ll find 3 stages of live holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, holiday-themed festival classes, art demonstrations, visits with Santa Claus, and more. You can visit on weekends (November 23-24; November 29-30; December 1; December 7-8; December 14-15; and December 20, 21, 22 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm each day). Tickets are available online.
2nd & PCH Selfies with Santa
6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach 90803
Long Beach’s new destination retail center will host Santa for Selfie Time, and Mrs. Claus will be there for story time, as part of their holiday activities, kicking off on November 22nd.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Celebrate the holidays with the marine animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This special event begins December 7th and continues through December 23rd. Families are in for a lot of special treats including holiday music, a display of gingerbread houses, snow fall in the Great Hall, a scuba-diving Santa, costumed characters, a holiday menu offered in Cafe Scuba, and more. On weekends, the Aquarium will also have a snow play area, photos with Santa, children’s crafts, Hanukkah storytelling, and much more. (General admission fees apply).
Holidays at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove is home to a 100-foot tall fir tree, decorated with more than 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments. Additionally, you can experience a “snowfall” each evening at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Santa is also in town and ready to visit and hear this year’s wish lists. Music performances will be held throughout the season. Check the website for a schedule of events.
9th Annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Save the date! Saturday, December 14th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm is the day for the 9th Annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier event. Families will also have a chance to take an only-in-L.A.-photo: a selfie with Surfing Santa. Also, don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $5 or more) to participate in the Toy Drive and for a chance to win pier prizes.
Santa at Plaza West Covina
112 Plaza Drive, West Covina, CA 91790
Plaza West Covina invites children and their families to share their wish lists with Santa Claus inside the center’s spectacular holiday Ice Palace, a 30-foot-tall ice dome with falling snow, a light show, and larger-than-life snow globes. Visitors can also leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly ice throne. After visiting with Santa, each child will receive a special gift, while supplies last. Professional photography packages ranging from $29.99 to $49.99 will preserve the memory of each child’s special visit. November 22nd – December 24th: Times vary, check the website for more info.
Breakfast with Santa
Children’s Museum of La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631
Join the Children’s Museum on Saturday, December 7th or Sunday, December 8th for their annual Breakfast with Santa! This event includes a continental breakfast, crafts, a photo with Santa, and free admission to the museum. Tickets must be purchased and reservations are required, please call 562-383-4236 or email [email protected]
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
Bring the family to Fashion Island for a chance to do some shopping and visit with Santa. “Take a photo at his custom-designed house” from November 22nd through December 24th. Check the website for hours and details. (Fashion Island’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd.)
Visit and Photo with Santa
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Come out to Pretend City Children’s Museum on select days in December for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus! Children will have a chance to speak with Santa, tell him their holiday wishes, and take a photo. Check the website for details. (Scheduled dates are December 9th, 12th, 18th, 20th.)
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