Santa Mail and Photo Ops in San Diego

***Some of the Santa Mail events have not been verified for 2018 so I've left last year's info in case you want to check them out. Santa Photos noted below have all been verified for 2018.***

Our Believe Meter is HIGH this year! My boys don't seem interested in Santa photos this year, so we may have to skip our annual tradition. But they still wanted to mail him their Christmas lists to make sure he still brings them presents.

Below are some places in San Diego where your kids can mail their letters to Santa. The last 3 options, including the USPS, will even send a reply letter back to your kids postmarked from the North Pole! Note that some of these locations have deadlines of Dec. 10th or 15th, but Macy's and the Fashion Valley Mall accept Santa mail up until Dec. 24th.

Further down is a list of Central San Diego locations where you can get photos taken with Santa. Please share in comments if you know of any other locations that aren't listed.


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Macy's and Macy's Home Stores (all locations)

DATES: Now through Dec. 24, 2018

WHERE: All Macy's Stores, including Macy's Home Stores. Santa mailboxes are at Macy's Home store at Mission Valley Mall, and Macy's stores at Fashion Valley Mall on the 3rd Floor in the Children's Dept. and at UTC Mall on the 2nd Floor.

WHAT: Bring a letter to Santa to your local Macy's (and Macy's Home) store and drop it in the big red mailbox. Or, you can email your letter at For each letter received through Dec. 24, Macy's will donate $1 per letter received, up to $1 million, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. #MacysBelieve

Mission Valley Mall (Mission Valley)

DATES: Nov. 17 - Dec. 15, 2017

WHERE: Next to the Christmas Tree in front of the Yard House Restaurant

WHAT: Mail your letters to Santa Claus!

Fashion Valley Mall (Fashion Valley)

DATES: Nov. 3 - Dec. 24, 2017

WHERE: In front of Macy's. There's a small mailbox on the counter inside Santa's House.

UTC Mall (La Jolla/UTC)

DATES: Dec. 2-17, 2018

WHERE: At the Concierge Desk, next to the water fountain and food court, near the Art of Shaving and Godiva stores.

Ocean Beach Business Center (Ocean Beach)

DATES: Now-December 10, 2017

WHAT: Mail your letters to Santa AND receive a letter back from him!! Click title link for details.

Coronado Community Center (Coronado)

DATES: December 1-14, 2017

WHAT: Mail your letters to Santa AND receive a letter back from him!! Click title link for details.

USPS Letters From Santa

DATES: Letters must be received by the Anchorage, AK post office by 12/15/17

WHAT: Click the title link for details.


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Seaport Village (Point Loma)

DATES: Nov. 17 - Dec. 24, 2018

TIMES: 11am-5pm most days, closed some Mondays & Tuesdays

WHERE: East Plaza Gazebo

SeaWorld Santa's Christmas Village (Mission Bay)

DATES: Nov. 17, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

WHERE: Santa's Christmas Village. Not sure if Santa photos will be available all the way through Jan. 6th or not.

Christmas on Crystal Pier: Santa Photos & Tree Lighting (Pacific Beach)

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018

TIME: 2-5pm

WHAT: Join in celebrating the holiday season and get a one-of-a-kind photo on historic Crystal Pier taken with Santa, just in time for holiday cards to go out. Photos cost $10, or $5 with a donation of school supplies for Pacific Beach schools. Photos are first-come, first-serve, and will end at 5pm (no guarantees if you arrive after 3:45pm). Be sure to stick around after the photo shoot, because Santa will help turn on the holiday lights along the pier and tree after sunset. (Some needed school supplies include: hand sanitizer (large family size), sanitizing wipes, Kleenex boses, color & white copy paper 8x11.5, staplers & staples, adult scissors, post-its, white cardstock paper, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, colored pencils & markers.)

Belmont Park Santa Saturdays (Mission Beach)

DATES: Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018 from 1-4pm