Santa Claus is coming to town. He has left the North Pole bringing fun for both kids and parents leading up to the big night. We have found the best places to take the kids to see Santa and have their pictures taken.
1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92803
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be flying down from the North Pole on Nov. 12, and making a stop at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Children can whisper into Santa’s ear at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree located at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Holiday cheer will be flowing with Mrs. Claus’s tasty treats, Reindeer Games and holiday tunes.
Through Dec. 24
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Starting on Nov. 13 after the tree lighting ceremony, children can start sitting on Santa’s lap. The Fashion Island Santa is one of the authentic Santas in Orange County surrounded by a custom-designed house that is the perfect backdrop for holiday photos. This year Fashion Island is helping parents avoid those melt-downs in line with the Santa’s Sleigh Pass! Parents can call 1-855-SANTA or Text “OCSANTA” to (714) 333-1234 to reserve a spot in line. The pass makes visiting Santa at Fashion Island convenient and easy.
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Rogers Gardens transforms into a magical winter wonderland for The Magic of Christmas holiday boutique. Ornaments from around the world are displayed on the 25 themed Christmas trees around the nursery. Photos with Santa Claus are available in the Disney Gazebo every weekend starting on Nov. 23 from noon till 6 p.m.
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
The Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train runs on select nights starting on Nov. 30. Your family will board a train to the North Pole where Santa’s Elves will be serving hot cocoa and cookies upon your arrival. After your family is done spending time with Santa, the train will return back through a magical tunnel of lights. Advance online purchase is recommended at $10 per person.
Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @GlitterfulFelt.