Where to See Santa in the Sacramento Area (Photo Opportunities + Events) Sacramento Real Estate
November 29, 2017

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!



Arden Mall

November 10–December 24
Arden Fair, Sacramento

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.!


Global Winter Wonderland

November 11–January 7
Cal Expo, Sacramento

Global Winter Wonderland Sacramento

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.


Sacramento RiverTrain’s Magical Christmas Train

November 24–26, December 1–3, 8–10, 15–17 + 20–23
Sacramento RiverTrain, West Sacramento

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.


Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15–23 + 26–30
Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, Folsom

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!


Fairytale Town

December 9, 10, 16 + 17
Fairytale Town, Sacramento

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town Sacramento

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.



Santa at Lyon Real Estate Offices

Santa at Lyon Real Estate

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)


Breakfast With Santa at Elk Grove Regional Park

Saturday, December 2 | 8–11 a.m. (Varying Seating Times)
Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove

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.


Fair Oaks Christmas in the Village

Saturday, December 2 | 3–7 p.m.
Plaza Park, Fair Oaks

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.


Breakfast With Santa & Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 2 | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, Sacramento

Breakfast With Santa & Mrs. Claus Rancho Cordova, CA

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.


West Sacramento Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, December 9 | 8:30–10 a.m.
West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

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.


Fair Oaks Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 9 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Fair Oaks Library, Fair Oaks

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!


The Santa Parade

Saturday, December 9 | 10 a.m.
Downtown Sacramento

Sacramento Santa Parade

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!


Downtown Roseville Farmers’ Market Holiday Craft Show

Saturday, December 9 | 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Vernon Street Town Square, Roseville

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.


2017 Homes For the Holidays Tour and Boutique

December 9–10 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Saturday) + 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sunday)
William Brooks Elementary School, El Dorado Hills

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.


Jingle All the Way!

Saturday, December 16 | 3 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Sacramento

Santa Claus Sacramento, CA

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…

Category El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Local Events, Neighborhood Guides, Roseville, Sacramento

Holly Ragsdale

Holly is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate, the leading independent real estate company in the greater Sacramento region. The Lyon blog focuses on community news + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!

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