Updated for 2021
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!
Featured Santa Event
Breakfast with Santa at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California, 90401
Santa is heading to the beach on December 4th, 11th, and 18th, from 8:00am – 11am. Gather the family for our holiday breakfast with Santa. Photos, delectable breakfast favorites, reindeer antler making, cookie decorating with elves, holiday hip hop dance instructors, and more are calling. Book a reservation now for December 4th or December 11th or December 18th.
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- Christmas and Holiday Events
- See Christmas Lights
- Holiday Shows
- Nutcracker Ballet Performances
- Holiday Gift Guide (in case Santa forgets)
- Christmas Boat Parades
Get Photos with Santa Claus in Los Angeles
Points South of Los Angeles
Surfing Santa – The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629
Bringing joy this holiday season, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel celebrates with the return of the 10th Annual Surfing Santa and Stand Up Paddle Board Contest at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, 2021. Following, the resort will host the 13th Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction from Saturday, November 20 until Friday, December 31, 2021. The Surfing Santa and Stand Up Paddle Board Contest is a two-day event where contestants dress as Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and battle it out in the waves. So while it’s not the same as a traditional photo opportunity with Santa, it’s pretty awesome.
Santa in the Sand
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach 90266
Meet Santa by the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and get a family photo shoot at the same time. This is the 7th year Santa has been posing for photos on the beach. Packages start at $225 and they are booking sessions now.
Dana Point Harbor Visit Santa
Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629
Santa’s coming to the Harbor on December 10 and 11 and taking residence in the Clock Courtyard from 3-5 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa in front of a holiday-themed photo op, which will remain up throughout the month of December for all to enjoy. Pet Project Foundation will host the 10th Annual Santa Paws on December 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Clock Courtyard. Pet photos will be offered for a small donation with all proceeds supporting the Pet Project Foundation. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will also host the annual Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take photos with Santa and his holiday helpers on this adventure at sea for a $5 donation with proceeds supporting Soroptimist of Capistrano Bay. Reservations will be required. Visit danawharf.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Photos With Santa
Los Cerritos Center
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703
Beginning November 12th 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.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Meet Santa Diver for a one-of-a-kind Santa visit this year. While you won’t be able to pose your little on on Santa’s lap, you’ll all get to see him in the giant tank at the Aquarium, as he floats into view and has a chat with visitors. Included with price of admission.
Photos With Santa
500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712
Beginning November 19th and continuing through December 24th, families can visit with Santa at the Lakewood Center. 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 19th through December 24th at Manhattan Village. Children will visit with Santa, and so will the Family pets! Advance reservations are available online – check dates and times.
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 19th and will be available until December 24th. Make your reservation online so you don’t miss your chance!
Magical Virtual Santa Visit
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
From November 19th 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.
See Santa in Santa Monica
Santa Visit at Santa Monica Place Mall
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Enjoy shopping and a visit with Santa Claus, too. Santa’s coming to town November 19 and taking residence under the Christmas tree in Center Plaza through December 24. Visitors will have the opportunity to snap a photo with Santa and shoppers can bring their four-legged friends to meet Santa during Pet Nights on December 15-16 – be sure to check the pet rules before heading out.
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Meet Santa Aboard His New Sleigh! Santa Claus will wave hello, wishing guests a holly, jolly season as he rides through The Grove and The Americana at Brand aboard his newest sleigh: a festive Trolley. The twice-nightly appearances will be complemented by snowfall and brass band performances. (November 26 – December 25, 7 & 8 pm.)
For the ultimate family photo, guests can reserve a private trolley ride with Old St. Nick at The Grove. Packages include a personal meet-and-greet with Santa along with a choice from classic sips and sweets or a four-course dinner served on the Trolley. (November 26 – December 24, by reservations only via [email protected]).
See Santa on the Eastside
Skypark Santa’s Village Santa Visit
28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Along with a huge list of Holiday events happening, you’ll find the Ultimate Santa Meet & Greet with Pictures: Visit Santa in his home and purchase a souvenir photo for pickup at our Sky Trading Co. or Exit Shop, plus visit Santa’s Workshop & Post Office: See where Santa and the elves craft toys. Paint your own toy.
Christmas in Brea
Downtown Brea, W Birch St & S Brea Blvd, Brea 92821
Meet Santa and get holiday photos with the jolly old elf, plus holiday performances and music. Weekends in December from 12-5pm.
Lights. Camera. Santa!
Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821
Santa is ready to spread joy to kids and families at the Brea Mall. Santa arrives November 12th and will be available until December 24th. Make your reservation online.
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 19th 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.
See Santa in North / West of Los Angeles
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Family Faire
1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
Just in time for the holidays. The Holiday Family Faire will include festive music, food, drink, stories, an Artisan Holiday Marketplace, performances including a special rendition of Harry Nilsson’s The Point! featuring Kiefo Nilsson and a 14-piece band, narrated by John C. Reilly – AND Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! December 11, 2021 from 12pm – 6pm, (Rain Date: December 18th). Tickets required.
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 26th through December 24th, Santa will only be attending on 4 Weekends – 11/27 & 28 and 12/4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 11am – 4pm ONLY.
Photos With Santa at The Collection at RiverPark
Santa’s Workshop, 620 Collection Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa has marked his calendar to visit The Collection at RiverPark from the North Pole beginning Saturday, Nov. 20th, and will once again be available to meet with families to create special memories with keepsake photos that last for years to come. The holiday season isn’t complete without a picture with old St. Nick, so be sure to book early! Reservations are required for your Santa Experience and can be made online: https://amusemattebooksanta.com/the-collection/
See Santa Claus in Los Angeles
See Santa at the Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
‘Tis the season at Beverly Center! The center will celebrate the holidays with a series of interactive and immersive experiences – and you’ll get to see Santa, too! Winter Wonderland at 3rd Street Valet (Black Friday – December 31): Enjoy photo moments on Santa’s sleigh, with Frosty and more! Santa Stroll and Visits (December 19 – 23): Santa will spread holiday cheer as he strolls through Beverly Center the week of Christmas, with hourly visits to Grand Court. Guests can stop and pose with Santa!
See Shogun Santa in Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles 90012
Shogun Santa is Coming to Town: Snap the perfect holiday card photo with Shogun Santa next to the Japanese Village Plaza Christmas tree during his visits on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For the health and safety of Santa and visitors, there will be a barrier around Santa, and sitting on Santa’s lap will not be permitted. Shogun Santa is brought to you by the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA).
See Santa in the Valley
Santa Magic at Glendale Galleria
100 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210
The Glendale Galleria is hosting Santa Claus this year for photos with your family and your pets! You can reserve a spot from November 18th – December 24th. Details and reservations are available online.
Photos with Santa at 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 18th through December 24th. Special Sensory Santa Visits – and Pet Santa Visits available as well! Take a photo and share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus. Reservations are available online.
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