Where to See Santa in the Sacramento Area (Photo Opportunities + Events)
While we find ourselves maxed out during the holiday season, no one is as busy as Santa Claus this time of year. His calendar is filled with photo opportunities, breakfasts, sleigh rides, cocoa sipping, and toy making. It can be difficult to track down someone so busy and popular!
Get a chance to visit with Santa at any of these ongoing photo opportunities or at a myriad of holiday events leading up to the big day. When Santa Claus is not at the North Pole, you can find him at these locations in and around Sacramento!
ONGOING PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
November 10–December 24
Visit with Santa at Arden Mall for photos and a free gift! He will be available for visits at his temporary winter home, located in Center Court. Reservations are available, but are not required. Take a look at the varying hours throughout the holiday season, keeping in mind that Santa will not be at the mall on Thanksgiving Day. Your fur baby can even meet Santa on November 20 from 6–8 p.m.!
November 11–January 7
Photo Courtesy of Global Winter Wonderland
In addition to your Santa photo opportunity, get the whole holiday experience at Global Winter Wonderland, a spectacular holiday festival and multicultural celebration at Cal Expo. You can expect awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays around the world, live entertainment, holiday ice skating, a full carnival with family and thrill rides, delicious international cuisine, photo opportunities with Santa, holiday shopping, fun crafts, and much more. There are various options for tickets, but general admission costs $18 for adults and $16 for children and seniors.
November 24–26, December 1–3, 8–10, 15–17 + 20–23
Every weekend until Christmas, you can meet with Santa Claus on the Magical Christmas Train! Tickets include a 90-minute train ride, an interactive show based on the book “Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train” by local author, Shell Hart, cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. Come dress in pajamas if you’d like, join in carols and reindeer games, and experience the magic and wonder of the holiday season aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain! Purchase tickets ranging from $39 to $54, and choose to add a “Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train” storybook with your child’s name inscribed in it.
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15–23 + 26–30
The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary comes to life in light each holiday season at Wild Nights and Holiday Lights. This annual event provides a unique opportunity to see zoo animals after dark, and features an enchanted forest of 50 lit trees and thousands of lights all over the zoo. Visit with Santa Claus and the zoo’s own “Santa Paws,” ride on the miniature “Starlight Express” train, listen to carolers, and enjoy seasonal refreshments. Wild Nights and Holiday Lights goes from 5–8 p.m. on the first two weekends in December, the days leading up to Christmas, and even after Christmas Day!
December 9, 10, 16 + 17
Photo Courtesy of Fairytale Town
During Winter Wonderland, Fairytale Town will be transformed into Who-ville! Enter into a magical land filled with festive decor and a dazzling display of holiday lights. Enjoy Dr. Seuss- and Grinch-themed hands-on activities, listen to strolling Victorian carolers, shop for gifts from local vendors, step inside a giant snow globe, and watch a flurry of snow fall each night near the Mother Goose Stage. And of course, don’t miss a special visit and photo opportunity with Santa in his workshop, located in the Children’s Theater, from 3 to 6 p.m. A visit with Santa is included with admission, and printed photos are available for $5 each.
EVENTS FEATURING SANTA CLAUS
Santa at Lyon Real Estate Offices
Santa is a major fan of Lyon Real Estate, and will even be visiting some of our offices this year! Visit with him and pose for a photo on the following dates:
Saturday, December 2 | 12–4 p.m.: Roseville Office (Location)
Wednesday, December 6 | 4–7 p.m.: Fair Oaks Office (Location)
Wednesday, December 6 | 4–7 p.m.: Folsom Office (Location)
Thursday, December 7 | 3–6:30 p.m.: El Dorado Hills Office (Location)
Saturday, December 9 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Elk Grove Office (Location)
Sunday, December 10 | 2–5 p.m.: Sierra Oaks Office (Location)
Friday, December 15 | 4–6 p.m.: Placerville Office (Location)
Saturday, December 2 | 8–11 a.m. (Varying Seating Times)
Head to Elk Grove Regional Park to enjoy a special breakfast with Santa. In addition to enjoying a tasty breakfast, each child will have the opportunity to talk with Santa in his sleigh. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but walk-ups will be accepted if space is available. Tickets cost $7 at the door for ages 2 and up, and $5 in advance for ages 2 and up. You may register online, by phone at 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300, or in person at a CSD registration location.
Saturday, December 2 | 3–7 p.m.
Bundle up for an entire afternoon of Christmas magic in the heart of Fair Oaks Village. Christmas in the Village features holiday music, hot chocolate and cider, food trucks, a gingerbread house display and raffle, cookie decorating, a Christmas parade, a tree lighting, carolers, arts and crafts, and much more. Plus, kids can pose for free pictures with Santa at Central Valley Community Bank! This enchanting holiday event should not be missed.
Saturday, December 2 | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Photo Courtesy of the Cordova Recreation and Park District
The Cordova Recreation and Park District is hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage and refreshments. Then stop by the holiday craft fair for some Christmas shopping and pose for a picture with Santa. Admission is $5 per person for those 9 years and over, or $2 for kids 8 and under.
Saturday, December 9 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus himself at the West Sacramento Community Center, complete with hot chocolate, coloring, ornament making, letters to Santa, and of course, a special photo opportunity with Santa. Advanced registration is required for all attendees, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets cost $6 for kids under 2, $10 for kids ages 3–12, and $15 for adults and kids over 13.
Saturday, December 9 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Formerly “Cookies With Santa,” this community tradition is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. Enjoy cookies, visit with Santa, listen to storytime, and participate in a Christmas craft project. This event is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spot!
Saturday, December 9 | 10 a.m.
Photos Courtesy of the Santa Parade
Witness the festive and exciting Santa Parade traveling through downtown Sacramento! This community tradition has graced the streets of the city since 1983, and has drawn thousands of visitors every year since. The parade starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and travels around the capitol building with floats, dancers, music and lots of holiday cheer!
Saturday, December 9 | 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Living Smart Foundation is hosting its annual holiday craft show in conjunction with its weekly farmers’ market. Shop from over 100 artisans and crafters selling unique handmade holiday gifts, visit with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate all the while. This festive event is taking place at Vernon Street Town Square in Roseville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 9–10 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Saturday) + 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sunday)
This popular holiday tradition highlights five private residences in El Dorado Hills decked out in holiday splendor, displaying traditional and whimsical decorations and collectables to inspire your holiday decorating. After receiving decor inspiration, shop for gifts at the holiday boutique, visit with Santa, sip on wine or hot apple cider, and snack on homemade cookies and candy. This event is located at William Brooks Elementary School in El Dorado Hills, and is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Saturday, December 16 | 3 p.m.
This annual children’s concert is a Sacramento tradition for kids of all ages. Jingle All the Way! showcases choral music in a way that is both accessible and education for children. This 45-minute program teaches musical concepts such as dynamics and song styles, and develops an understanding of what makes up a choir, from the conductor and the different singing parts to the accompanist. Guests will even enjoy a surprise visit from Santa Claus and a special holiday treat!
Catch him if you can!
Enjoy your special visit with Jolly Old Saint Nick! And until then, make sure you’re on his “nice” list…