Irvine Park Railroad is one of the many fun places in the Los Angeles area to visit Santa

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. Visiting St. Nick is a time-honored tradition for families and we have curated a list of the best places to see Santa Claus in Los Angeles. You can also find places to take Pictures with Santa, get Pet Pictures with Santa, and even have Breakfast with Santa.

Where to see Santa Claus Near Me

Irvine Park Railroad is one of the many fun places in the Los Angeles area to visit Santa
photo courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

Underwood Family Farms 
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA  93021

Don’t miss visits with Santa Claus Among the Christmas Trees. Just 2 weekends only – December 1st and 2nd and 8th and 9th from 11am-4pm. Make sure to bring your camera. Families can also find Big Wave Dave’s Fresh Cut Christmas Trees, mistletoe and wreaths for sale. Check website for prices.

Santa’s Holiday Visit to Disney California Adventure
1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Meet Santa now through December 24th in Disney California Adventure Park. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed into a jolly playground filled with seasonal games and outdoor activities. Santa will be available for visits at the Ahwahnee Camp Circle.

Here Comes Santa HQ to Lakewood Center!
500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in Center Court at Lakewood Mall. Check the website for Santa’s hours from now through December 24th. You can make reservations ahead of time or just show up!  On November 19th and 26th and December 3rd and 19th, 2018 from 5 PM to 8 PM, bring your dogs and cats to get their picture with Santa.

Here Comes Santa HQ to Los Cerritos Center!
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703

North Pole’s most famous resident will be at Los Cerritos Center’s Santa HQ now through December 24th! You can make reservations ahead of time or just show up! On Monday nights – November 12, 19, 26 and December 3 and 10 – from  6 PM to 8PM, bring your dogs and cats to get their picture taken with Santa.

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 in Fashion Alley. Shoppers can save time by reserving their spot to see Santa using Santa’s Fast Pass. On Saturday, December 2nd, Ontario Mills will “make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities” for a visit with “Caring Santa.”

Reindeer Romp 2018
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Real reindeer are back in town and making the L.A. Zoo their home for the holidays! Visit them in Reindeer Village daily, where you’ll also find enchanting photo ops and fascinating facts about Santa’s favorite furry friends. Meet Santa now through January 6. All activities except Santa photos are free for members and with paid admission.

Visiting Santa in the Palisades Village is one of the great places to chat with St. Nick. #santa #losangeles #californiaholidays #losangelesholidays

Santa’s Cottage at the Palisades Village
15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Visit the new outdoor shopping center in Pacific Palisades and hang out with Santa. Santa’s cottage is open in Palisades Village from now until December 24th. Reserve a spot through the website so you don’t have to wait in line.

Cocoa With Santa
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Santa invites you to his winter wonderland, featuring every festive experience a family could wish for—from sweet treats and personal pictures to seasonal crafts and surprise gifts. This two-day-only, ticketed event is Saturday, December 1st and Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Visit the website for reservations and prices.

Selfies with Santa
Fig at 7th 
735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Don’t want to pay for a photo package? At Fig & 7th in Downtown LA, kids (and their adults) can take a Selfie With Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 23rd to December 23rd, 2018.

Fa La Land Holiday Pop-up Museum
787 S Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Building 2, suite 138

Everything sparkles brighter at Fa La Land, the world’s most festive pop-up museum. In the immersive and interactive environment that is crafted to delight both the young and young at heart from November 8th through January 6th, 2019 (closed on Mondays). Step into an old fashioned North Pole, help make toys at “Jingle Bell Toy Factory,” get lost in light in a fluorescent “Fa La Forest,” jump in on the action at “Fa La Fest” and get your Christmas list ready for your private audience with the Big Man himself – Santa will spread his good cheer. Tickets are $37 per person (children 3 and under are free).

Santa in Downtown Santa Monica

Santa will visit Downtown Santa Monica throughout the holiday season. He’ll appear on November 30th from 6 PM to 9 PM during the city’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th at the 1200 block of the Promenade. On December 5 from 11 AM to noon kids can attend Kids Club with Mrs. Claus at Santa Monica Place, Level 3 at the Food Court. And on December 12th and 19th from 5 PM to 8PM at Santa Monica Place, Level 1, it’s Pet Night with Santa.

Photos with Santa at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach
3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Santa will be hanging out at the Manhattan Village Mall until December 24th near Macy’s, spending time with the kiddos and posing for photos. (See website for hours.) Special events include: Breakfast with Santa on December 8th, #SantaCares for families with special needs on December 9th, Pet photos on December 11th, and Story Time with Mrs. Claus on December 15th.

Rotten Santa 
DAF Studios
2234 W. Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tired of the old recycled Santa Mall photo and family outings every year? The South Pole Experience on December 7th and December 8th is an immersive holiday comedy pop-up event and Santa photo experience like you’ve never seen before. Guests will take their holiday photos with Rotten Santa, enjoy a live comedy show, and take part in a meet and greet with the witty and sarcastic South Pole cast. Kids and pets are welcome Friday and Saturday from 2 to 8 PM.

Santa at The Queen Mary Christmas. #queenmary #queenmarychristmas #longbeach #familytravel #losangeles #californiachristmas
Santa for the Queen Mary Christmas

Queen Mary Christmas
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90812

Click here to see Discount Tickets to the Queen Mary Christmas from our Goldstar affiliate!

When Santa is away from his North Pole workshop, his Captain’s Quarters in the Shipyard on The Queen Mary is his home away from home. Join Santa here for a meet and greet, help him chart the course to the North Pole, and pose for a souvenir photo with the jolly fellow. Guests are welcome to stay a while and decorate a stocking at the Stocking Shop. Santa is part of the Queen Mary Christmas. Check the website for ticket prices.

Tree Train and Santa Shopper – Fillmore & Western Railway Co
351 Santa Clara Street, Fillmore, CA 93015

Bring the entire family and start or continue a Christmas tradition by riding on the train to select a precut tree. Santa will be on board to visit with children of all ages. Also, visit Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium to shop to amazing Christmas decor and gift items.

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

From November 30th through December 23rd, 2018, 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 and times and ticket prices.

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