The 17 Best Places to Visit Santa in the Bay Area

|November 29, 2017

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their team of reindeer will be making several appearances in the Bay Area this holiday season. The trick is finding which one you and your family want to visit! Do your kids want to stop by and say hello to Saint Nick while they’re wandering a winter wonderland? Or do they want to meet him in his workshop where they can share their wish lists and snap a photo (and you can get some holiday shopping done!)?

In our guide to the best places to visit Santa in the Bay Area, you’ll find opportunities for every preference. From South Bay to North Bay, let us know how many stops you make on the Kris Kringle tour this season!

San Francisco

Where to visit see Santa Claus in San Francisco Bay Area

Stonestown Galleria | Park Merced

Event details | November 11 – December 24 | Get directions

Santa’s regular hours at Stonestown Galleria are Monday – Saturday from 12 – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. As Christmas gets closer, you can visit December 15 – 23 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Christmas Eve 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you want to skip the line, simply reserve your time online!

Westfield San Francisco Center | Union Square

Event details | November 19 – December 24 | Get directions

You’ll find Santa and his elves at Westfield Center on level two between J.Crew and Microsoft. See the detailed schedule here for dates and times, and don’t miss Santa Paws on December 16 when your pet can get a photo as well!

Macy’s Union Square | Union Square

Event details | November 24 – December 24 | Get directions

Located in Macy’s Union Square’s Holiday Lane, you can meet Saint Nick in the heart of Macy’s famous Santaland! He’ll be available for wishlist sharing and photo ops every day up until Christmas Eve.

San Francisco Zoo | Outer Sunset

Event details | December 15 – December 30 | Get directions

At San Francisco Zoo’s annual ZooLights event, you can visit Santa and his team of reindeer while exploring the park under holiday lights. Join them December 15 – 17, 19 – 23 and 26 – 30 to take part in the festivities.


Where to visit see Santa Claus in San Francisco Bay Area South Bay San Jose

The Village at Corte Madera | Corte Madera

Event details | November 22 – December 24 | Get directions

Near the Bare Minerals store inside The Village at Corte Madera, you’ll find Santa throughout the holiday season! Get full hours for each day here and don’t miss Holiday PJ Night on Wednesday, December 8 from  5 – 8 p.m. To skip the line, reserve your spot online.

Town Center Corte Madera | Corte Madera

November 24 – December 24 | Get directions

Every weekend from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and during the entire week of December 11 – 23 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. you can visit Santa at Town Center. On Sunday, December 24, come back from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to visit and share your last-minute holiday wishes!

East Bay

Where to visit see Santa Claus in San Francisco Bay Area Marin County

Stoneridge Shopping Center | Pleasanton

Event details | November 4 – December 24 | Get directions

Santa will be at the Grand Court throughout the holiday season in Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center! Get hours for every day of the week right here and reserve your time online here.

South Shore Center | Alameda

Event details | November 24 – December 24 | Get directions

The theme at South Shore Center this year is a twist on the classic film, A Christmas Story. Stop by An Alameda Story for the entire month before Christmas. Get your holiday shopping done and take a photo with Kris Kringle at the same time!

Bay Street Emeryville | Emeryville  

Event details | December 1 – 24 | Get directions

Santa Claus is coming to town every day this December through Christmas Eve. Before you head out, check the visiting hours here.

Christmas Tree Lane | Alameda

Event details | December 8 – 23 | Get directions

Christmas Tree Lane is a famous holiday display on the 3200 block of Thompson Ave., between High and Fernside in Alameda. Santa will be visiting the neighborhood between December 8 and 23. Follow the group on Facebook to find out when you can see him!

Children’s Fairyland | Oakland

Event details | December 15 – 23 | Get directions

For a week before the big day, Saint Nick will be spreading joy from Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. As part of their annual Fairy Winterland, you’ll also get the chance to learn about Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year while riding fun rides, listening to stories, and more.


Where to visit see Santa Claus in San Francisco Bay Area East Bay Oakland Berkeley

Stanford Shopping Center | Palo Alto

Event details | November 3 – December 24 | Get directions

Meet Santa this season at Stanford Shopping Center’s Center Pavilion. Mark your calendars for Breakfast With Santa on December 2.

Serramonte Center | Daly City

Event details | November 10 – December 24 | Get directions

Stop by Daly City’s Serramonte Center this holiday season to share your wish lists and snag a photo keepsake!

Hillsdale Shopping Center | San Mateo

Event details | November 17 – December 24 | Get directions

At Hillsdale Shopping Center, you can get a full set of professional photos with Santa in various package options. Check here for full dates and times, including special Santa Paws dates and Cookie Nights with Mrs. Field’s. Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for December 2!

Holidays at Filoli | Woodside

Event details | November 18 – December 23 | Get directions

Holidays at Filoli are always a special occasion, but now with Santa Saturdays, the whole family can take the fun up a notch. As one of the Bay Area’s most stunning family destinations, the estate is a must-see as they have holiday-themed fun all season.

South Bay

Where to visit see Santa Claus in San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula San Rafael

Westgate Center | San Jose

Event details | November 18 – December 24 | Get directions

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and during the whole week of Christmas, you can meet Santa and take home a photo package at San Jose’s Westgate Center. For specific dates, hours and pricing info, click here.

Christmas in the Park | San Jose  

Event details | November 24 – January 1 | Get directions

Christmas in the Park is the Bay Area’s ultimate holiday attraction. Throughout the season, you can participate in events like Santa Run Silicon Valley, Dog Day at the Park, Santa Paws, Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build and more! Take photos with Santa using your own camera or purchase a professional shot. Then, explore the park and take in all the holiday festivities! 

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If you have a favorite place in the Bay Area to see Saint Nick during the holidays, let us know in the comments below!

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