UPDATED FOR 2020
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!
Photos With Santa
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA
Beginning on December 4th, families can visit with Santa at Santa Monica Place. This will be a contact-less visit, and all visitors (ages 2 and older) are required to wear masks. A physical distance will be kept between Santa and all guests. Visits are free, and photo packages will be available for purchase. Reserve your spot online.
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. While Christmas on the Farm is happening November 27th through December 24th, Santa will only be providing distanced visits on three weekends – November 28th and 29th; December 5th and 6th; and December 12th and 13th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Make sure to bring your camera. Santa will be distanced 6 feet from all visitors on a raised platform, and guests will sit in front of Santa for photos. Check the website for details.
Los Angeles Christmas Market
6310 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Enjoy the Magic of Christmas with family and friends. Shop the marketplace and see Santa, too! From now until Jan 3rd Santa will be available for photos. Limited spots are available for walk-ups so reserve your time slot today! Families who visit Santa receive 1 – 5×7 and 2 – 4×6 and studio-quality photos.
Santa The Experience
‘Tis the season! As Santa and his elves prepare for the holidays, families & children across the world – for the first time ever – can now visit Santa from the comfort of their own homes by traveling to The North Pole with SANTA – THE EXPERIENCE! Each virtual experience will take place via Zoom and can be shared with other family members, allowing for grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and more to safely join in on the treasured memory of visiting Santa.
Imagine your family’s delight when Santa travels all the way from the North Pole and lands virtually into your very own living room! The children’s eyes will be as big as your heart knowing they believe in the magic of Christmas!
Photos With Santa
Los Cerritos Center
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703
Beginning November 20th and continuing through December 24th, families can visit with Santa at the Los Cerritos Center. This will be a contactless visit, and Santa and guests (2 and older) will need to wear masks. Check the website for available dates and hours (remember, Santa takes a break each day). Reservations are available online.
Photos With Santa at The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa will once again be visiting The Collection from November 27th to December 24th to meet families and create special memories with keepsake photos. In an effort to keep Santa, his helpers and the community safe, several safety precautions will be taken, including requiring reservations. And check it out – there are Pet Photos with Santa, too!
Lights. Camera. Santa!
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 27th and will be available until December 24th. This will be a contact-less visit, and all visitors (ages 2 and older) are required to wear masks. Santa and his helpers will also be wearing masks. A physical distance will be kept between Santa and all guests. Make your reservation online.
Safe Santa Photo Experience
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
From November 27th through December 24th, children can “embark on a journey to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves have been working hard to grant wishes and create magic this holiday season.” Children will explore Santa’s Bungalow, engage with interactive touchpoint at The Bungalow, have multiple self-serve photo moments including one with Santa, a snowfall, and more at this special experience. This will be a contactless experience and masks must be worn. Reservations and details are available online.
Photos With Santa
500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712
Beginning November 27th and continuing through December 24th, families can visit with Santa at the Lakewood Center. This will be a contactless visit, and Santa and guests (2 and older) will need to wear masks. Check the website for available dates and hours (remember, Santa takes a break each day). Reservations are available online.
Santa at Manhattan Village
3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Children can visit with Santa from November 21st through December 24th at Manhattan Village. Children will visit with Santa, though they won’t be able to sit on Santa’s lap or hug Santa this year. Photos can still be taken together during this contactless visit. Advance reservations are available online.
Lights. Camera. Santa!
1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821
Santa is ready to spread joy to kids and families at the Brea Mall. Santa arrives November 27th and will be available until December 24th. This will be a contact-less visit, and all visitors (ages 2 and older) are required to wear masks. Santa and his helpers will also be wearing masks. A physical distance will be kept between Santa and all guests. Make your reservation online.
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 Holiday Express, a 1 hour 20 minute train adventure where you can visit “Prancer’s Christmas Farm” and/or the “Loose Caboose” next door. Or, enjoy the North Pole Express Experience, a 1-hour train ride to visit the “North Pole” and see and wave at Santa and his elves. Check the website for details including departure days and times and information on how to reserve your tickets.
Lights. Camera. Santa!
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503
Santa is ready to spread joy to kids and families at the Del Amo Fashion Square. Santa arrives November 27th and will be available until December 24th. This will be a contact-less visit, and all visitors (ages 2 and older) are required to wear masks. Santa and his helpers will also be wearing masks. A physical distance will be kept between Santa and all guests. Make your reservation online.
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
From November 27th through December 23rd, families can visit Irvine Park Railroad to ride their Christmas Train. “The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and stop at the North Pole.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will also greet passengers (from a safe distance). Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. Check the calendar for available dates, times, and ticket prices.
Selfies with Santa
2nd and PCH
6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach 90803
Families can visit with Santa in Long Beach at 2nd and PCH. Selfies with Santa will be a contactless experience. Check the website for details as they become available.
Visits with Santa
100 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210
The Glendale Galleria is giving your family a couple of options when it comes to visiting with Santa Claus. You can reserve a spot for a contactless, in-person visit. Children can speak with Santa and take a photo. Face coverings are required. Or, if you’d prefer, you can arrange a virtual visit with Santa all the way from the “North Pole”! Details and reservations are available online.
Holiday Treats for the Animals
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 5th and continues through December 23rd. Families are in for a lot of special treats including Santa Diver delivering treats to the Aquariums animals as well as “special holiday décor, holiday shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall,” and on weekends the Aquarium will “have a snow play area, photos with Santa, and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel.” All activities are included in general Aquarium admission.
Santa at Plaza West Covina
112 Plaza Drive, West Covina, CA 91790
Families can have a safe, contactless visit with Santa at Plaza West Covina from November 21st through December 24th. While physically distancing, children can chat with Santa and take pictures with him. Advance reservations are available online.
Photos with Santa
Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia, CA 91355
From November 27th through December 24th, families can visit with Santa at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Santa and all visitors will be wearing masks. Children can share their holiday wishes with Santa and take a photo. Guidelines and reservations are available online.
Magical Virtual Santa Visit
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
From November 21st through December 24th families can enjoy a personal virtual visit with Santa Claus. No lines or crowds to worry about. “It’s a safe, convenient, and fun way for Santa to hear your holiday wishes!” Reservations are available online.
Photos with Santa
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Families can have a safe, fun visit with Santa at Westfield Fashion Square from November 27th through December 5th. Take a photo and share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus. Reservations are available online.
Santa Is In Town!
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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