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Say "Ho Ho Ho!" - Where to Find Santa Photos in San Diego (2020)

UPDATED 12/6/20:

Even with the recent CA Stay At Home Orders, some Santa Photos are still happening. I'm not sure specifically which ones are still happening, so it's best to contact them directly to find out. I'm pretty sure most of the ones at the Malls are still happening since those are still open at 20% capacity.

You know Santa is still smiling behind his mask. Here's a list of where to find Socially Distanced Santa Photos. Most require advanced reservations to be made online.


SEAPORT VILLAGE, Downtown - Santa Photos

Nov. 21 - Dec. 24


OLD POWAY PARK, Poway - Santa Photos

only on Dec. 5, 12, 19

(reservations fill up fast!)


(OPEN) SANTA'S TREEHOUSE, Jamul - Santa Photos

At Santa's Treehouse you get to enjoy your time with Santa. No long lines, no rushed photos. This is one of the cutest set ups I've seen and you'd never know there's plexiglass between you and Santa! Kids get extra time to talk with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes. After your time with Santa, take a tour of his Treehouse (featured on

Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters). Hang out by the fireplace, Sit in Santa's Chair, take photos, etc. You might even get a surprise visit with Mrs. Claus. They have lots of cute holiday displays all around that make the cutest selfie spots: a Little Red Truck with the Christmas Tree Farm stand, The Hot Cocoa Stand Photo booth & a Gingerbread Family House. Pick up a free goody bag before you leave!


select dates between Nov. 28 - Dec. 20

(reservations fill up fast!)

COST: $75/family

Part of this cost will help sponsor a family in need for Christmas

PHOTO TYPE: digital image emailed later that night


619-368-8751, call or text



BELMONT PARK, Mission Beach - Santa Photos

You'll find a day & night night experience featuring a holiday toy drive, 15' tall holiday sculptures, other winter activities & entertainment; plus Illuminated Winter Nights when the sun goes down. Get Photos & Visit with Santa, or get cozy at the Beach House with Holiday Movies & Dinner by the beach. And…since it’s the season for giving and gifting, make sure to explore all the unique Gift Shopping. Belmont Park Winter Wonder will be every weekend Sat/Sun from 12-7pm all December.

DATES (Santa Photos):

All December - Saturdays & Sundays 2-5pm, next to the Sweet Shoppe

COST: unknown

PHOTO TYPE: unknown


Toy Drive:

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Draft, Plunge Pool or Mission Beach Rentals between December 1st-11th. For each donated toy, you can receive an awesome reward, like a day pass to the Plunge, discount on your next visit to Draft, or Rent One Get One at Mission Beach Rentals. Benefitting Toys for Tots. Organized by Mission Beach Town Council.


Belmont Park

3146 Mission Blvd, Mission Beach



(OPEN) SUGAR PLUM ZOO, Temecula - Santa Photos

We'll have yummy baked goods and socially distanced visits with Santa! Regular admission is required. Note: Santa will be busy wrapping presents on Dec. 12th & 13th so he will be subbing in his helper elf on those days. Their retail gift shop is open for artisanal chocolates, honey from their hives & handmade bath soaps all made on site.


every Sat & Sun in December from 12-3pm

Note: His elf will sub in on Dec. 12 & 13




Admission - $10/adults 13; $5/kids 3-12; Free 2 & under

Hot Cocoa + Cookie - $2.50

Hot Cocoa - $2

Holiday Cookie - $1


39695 Berenda Rd., Temecula


(CLOSED 12/6/20)

HOTEL DEL, Coronado - Santa Photos

only on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 24

(reservations fill up fast!)



DEL MAR PLAZA, Del Mar - Santa by the Sea

Dec. 5-6 from 12-4pm

Take photos in Santa's sleigh with Santa standing nearby. You can also write and drop off letters to Santa and enjoy a story time with Sandcastle Tale's Children's Shop. Grab some hot drinks, ice cream or a bite from a local restaurant. Enjoy festive holiday decor and lighted tress throughout.


(CLOSED 12/6/20)

SEAWORLD'S Christmas Celebration, Mission Bay

Cookies & Photos with Santa

Dates: only on select dates - Dec. 4-6, 11-14, 17-21, 24-25, 27-28 (sold out Dec. 26, 29-31)

(reservations fill up fast!)

You'll have a table for 4 all to your own household where you'll enjoy cookies while Santa reads a story on stage. Afterward, you'll be able to pose for the included socially distanced photos with Santa.



I'm pretty sure most of the Mall Santa Photos are still happening because malls are still open at 20% capacity. Call to find out before you go. Reservations may be required.

photo: Instagram @tasha_mcnally

UTC MALL, La Jolla - Grinch Photos!

Dec. 3-24


UTC MALL, La Jolla - Santa Photos

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24


WESTFIELD MISSION VALLEY MALL, Mission Valley - Santa Photos

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24


FASHION VALLEY MALL, Mission Valley - Santa Photos

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24



Nov. 27 - Dec. 24


WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY MALL, Escondido - Holiday Toy Drive

Nov. 23 - Dec. 24

The Escondido Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to local children and families who have been victimized by crime or other hardships. The toy drop box will be located adjacent to the EPD squad car inside the center, near Target.


WESTFIELD PLAZA BONITA MALL, National City - Santa Photos

Nov. 27 - Dec. 24


WESTFIELD PLAZA BONITA MALL, National City - Holiday Toy Drive

Nov. 23 - Dec. 24

The National City Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to local children and families who have been victimized by crime or other hardships. The toy drop box will be located adjacent to the EPD squad car inside the center, near Target.


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