Where to Find Santa Photos in San Diego (2021)




Santa is everywhere this year just waiting for your visit and to take photos with you. You'll find him at hotels, theme parks, malls and he's popping up at a few other surprising places too. Some require advanced reservations to be made online, where noted. Some of these fill up quickly so make your plans and get it on the calendar before it fills up with other Christmas fun!


Make sure you read through the Santa at Shopping Centers info below because you'll find more than just regular Santa Photos. There are Sensory Friendly Santa Photos, Santa Paws Photos, Breakfast with Santa, Fairytale story times and even find the hidden elf for prizes.


Jump to Santa Photos:

in Fun Locations, at Hotels, at Theme Parks, at Shopping Centers


Quick List! Click the name for details!


PELZTER WINERY (Temecula)

FREE Santa Photos! Nov. 27 & 28 from 1-5 only


SEAPORT VILLAGE (downtown/embarcadero)

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24

Santa photos, Surfin' Santa, Breakfast with Santa


HOLIDAY MARKET AT PETCO PARK

Nov 29 - Dec. 24


SANTA'S TREEHOUSE (Jamul)

Reservations required, fills up quickly! (SOLD OUT!)


VILLAGE WALK AT EASTLAKE (Chula Vista)

Dec. 4 from 12-3

Free Santa Photos! BYO Camera


SAN MARCOS CIVIC CENTER

Dec. 4 from 1-4:30. Tree lighting, Santa, crafts & activities.


MISSION BAY BEACH CLUB (Mission Bay)

Dec. 10 at 1pm & Dec. 17 at 10am only


SAN DIEGO METRO KOA RESORT (Chula Vista)

Dec. 10-12, 17-19; for KOA guests only


AOLANI CATAMARAN (Coronado)

Dec. 11 only


SUGAR PLUM ZOO (Temecula)

*not sure if they're doing photos this year. I'll update this when I find out.


HOTEL DEL CORONADO (Coronado)

Santa Photos, Ice skating, Light Show, Holiday Festival, Jingle S'mores, Christmas Tea & Gingerbread Houses


BELMONT PARK (Mission Beach)

*not sure if they're doing Santa photos this year. I'll update this when I can confirm. But Belmont Park is still having their annual Winter Wonder, details are linked here.


SEAWORLD (Mission Bay)

Santa Photos, Christmas Celebration: Santa Cirque Show, Snowfall, Elmo's Christmas Wish Show, Sesame Street Christmas Village, Holiday Animal Shows, a walk-through musical light tunnel, Rudolphs' scavenger hunt & more!


SAN DIEGO ZOO (Balboa Park)

starting Dec. 10


SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK (Escondido)

Nov. 26-28; Dec. 4-5, 11-2, 18-19, 20-25


LEGOLAND (Carlsbad)

Nov. 20 - Jan. 9, select nights


UTC MALL (La Jolla)

Santa Photos: Nov. 18 - Dec. 24

Santa's Mailbox, Winter Nights, Find Jingle the Elf, Santa Paws Photos, Gift Wrapping


WESTFIELD MISSION VALLEY MALL (Mission Valley)

Nov. 18 - Dec. 24