Where to See Santa Claus in Orange County

The stockings are hung by the surfboards with care, in hopes that St. Nick will soon be here. Santa is getting around this holiday season and he’ll be making plenty of appearances in and around Anaheim.  From skydiving and storytime, to tree lightings and shopping mall visits, don’t miss these magical opportunities to see Santa Claus.

Best Santa Claus Events

It’ll be a holly jolly holiday with these memorable Santa Claus events. Unique experiences make Orange County the place to be this Christmas.  

Skydiving Santa and Cool Yule Holiday Kickoff Celebration

Prep the landing! Santa’s going from sky to sand as he skydives into the holidays on Saturday, November 23 in Huntington Beach. Upon arrival, Skydiving Santa will be joining the fun at the Cool Yule Holiday Kickoff Celebration at Pacific City. Snap photos with Santa and his holiday Airstream from 12-3 pm during the kick-off event.

Kris Kringle Story Time Mingle

A fun gathering for your little elves, join Kris Kingle at The Resort at Pelican Hill. He’ll be leading storytime around the gingerbread display at 3, 4 and 5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 29-December 22. After storytime, Santa will be available for visits and photos.

25th Annual Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village

There’s magic and merriment throughout Anaheim as Downtown Anaheim plays host to Santa on December 7 during the 25th Annual Nutcracker Tree Lighting & Holiday Village. For special fun, Santa’s swapping out his sleigh and arriving via fire truck for the occasion. 

Breakfast with Santa

Make Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant at the Downtown Disney District your new holiday tradition.  The experience includes family-style breakfast spread, photos with Santa, gifts for children, cookie & milk station, hot cocoa bar, and bottomless mimosas for adults 21+.  The popular event sells out quickly, so secure tickets for December 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

Selfies With Santa at the Anaheim Packing House

Grab your camera phone for some Instagram-worthy selfies with Santa on Sunday, December 15 from 4-7 pm at the Anaheim Packing House. Children of all ages are welcome. Free organic candy canes will make the day even sweeter (while supplies last). The Packing House is celebrating the holidays with other festive events including an Anaheim Night Market: Holiday Edition on Saturday, December 14 from 5-9 pm and a holiday-themed MAKE Mic Night on December 18 from 7-9 pm where local singer-songwriters will be encouraged to perform at least one holiday song.

Santa Claus at Amusement Parks

Santa’s got a season pass for fun!  Visit Santa at Orange County amusement parks.

Most Magical Time of Year at the Disneyland Resort

From the North Pole to Batuu, Santa’s now arrived at the Disneyland Resort for The Most Magical Time of Year. Wave to special guest Santa Claus in the “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” on Main Street.  He will also be available for meet-and-greets at Pooh’s Thotful Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland or the Redwood Creek Challenge at Disney California Adventure Park.  Each Disneyland Resort Hotel also hosts Santa for photo opportunities.

Knott's Merry Farm

Up on the rooftops of Calico, you may hear the hooves of Santa’s reindeer.  Santa’s taken us residence for the Merry Farm season at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Wilderness Dance Hall.  It’s been transformed into Santa’s Cabin, filled with the sights, smells, and tastes of the Christmas. Here you’ll find holiday food and selections, plus have an opportunity to take photos with Santa.

Best Mall Santa Appearances in Orange County

Fill your stockings and your photo albums.  These shopping centers offer visits with Santa. 

South Coast Plaza

Tell Santa you’re on the nice list at one of the two locations to meet the big guy at South Coast Plaza.  The themed Santa’s Village area is located in Carousel Court, and open during center hours. The North Pole in the Macy’s Home Store Wing, Level 1, is open Friday through Sunday, November 22-December 8 and during all center hours December 9-24.

Fashion Island

Rock around the Christmas tree at Fashion Island’s Tree Lighting November 22 and 23. Guests will also enjoy a performance from The Young Americans and snowfall. After November 22, Santa can be found in the Atrium Lawn for visits.

MainPlace Mall

Meet The Big Elf Himself at Santa Ana MainPlace Mall’s interactive Warner Bros. A Christmas Story-themed pop-up experience. Enjoy the living room scene complete with leg lamp and zoom down the slide just like Ralphie. Skip the line by purchasing a photo package with FastPass reservation.