Santa is a pretty busy guy during the holidays. With that said though, you can surely find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up around Los Angeles offering up a chance to get a photo. The following are five of the best places to get up close and personal with Santa and his elves for a chance to grab a photo sitting on the big guy’s lap.
Reindeer Romp at Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Date: Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22, 2013
Can you hear the sleigh bells? This year, Santa’s taking up camp at the Los Angeles Zoo located in Griffith Park, the largest municipal venue of its type in the entire country. Celebrate the holidays at this one-of-a-kind holiday wonderland with activities ranging from a petting zoo as well as the all important photo with Santa Claus. Also, enjoy mingling with the animals (including, of course, at least a few of the reindeer getting ready for Christmas), holiday craft sessions and so much more fun for kids of all ages.
The Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Date: Through Dec. 24, 2013
Arguably the most popular indoor mall in Los Angeles, The Beverly Center goes all out for Christmas with its veritable winter wonderland featuring a giant ice dome providing faux falling snow. Also scheduled for this extravaganza are a number of interactive exhibits, like an arctic immersion right here in the Southland. There’s also a giant snow globe collection on view that will put you in the holiday spirit. That said, in the midst of all this, Santa Claus shows up for picture taking with the whole family. Be aware, though: he’s on a schedule so be sure to check the site for times when Saint Nick will be on hand to visit with your little ones who will treasure the photos taken on that day with care and awe as well. Santa is known to take a break for milk and cookies every day around 4 p.m. because, well, everyone likes a little treat once in a while, even when that someone is on duty for a very special occasion that has specific time limitations.
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
Date: Through Dec. 23, 2013
Along with your chance to whisper through the whiskers of Mr. Claus their wishes for presents and take a photo with the big guy, the Christmas trains roll along in Irvine Park and are definitely worth the the ride. This annual celebration erected just in time for the holidays takes your tykes all the way to the North Pole and back again. Once aboard, passengers will thrill to a special tunnel of lights as everyone passes through on their way to tell the mighty Kris Kringle all about their hopes and dreams on the wish list this year.
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Date: Through Dec. 24, 2013
Visiting with Father Christmas at the Grove is a big deal for little ones (and adults) who love this outdoor shopping environment filled with fanciful aspects like giant snowflakes. In addition, The Grove Christmas Tree is a sight to be seen with its astounding array of 15,000 lights and its 10,000 shiny ornaments. The main attraction is Santa Claus himself however. In fact, he even has his own cottage on the premises where he sits and waits for the children to come to him for picture taking as he listens to everyone’s wishes.
Best Entertainment in Town
Can’t decide where to take your young ones to see Santa? Why not make it a party with all of your friends and neighbors and invite Mr. Claus to be the guest of honor? This outfit manages the best Kris Kringle around, a happy-go-lucky character who will travel anywhere within a 150-mile radius of Los Angeles (think area parks or on the beach for your gathering). Depend on Saint Nick’s demeanor to be cheery and know that he’s got a lap that will last through as many photo sessions as you wish to hold. Best of all, the photography is all about you and all the creative angles you can take on for this big occasion.
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