Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2012

{510} Families invites you to see us AND Santa at the Convert shoe store on Fourth Street this weekend. We’ll be there on Saturday from 1-5 and Santa will be posing for photos from 2-4 pm. Cookies and drinks for all. Please come say hello! (If you’re living with a Santa-phobe, please come around 1 pm!)

If you’ve got a real Santa enthusiast in your family, you might want to know where else to find the Bearded One. Here are a few more opportunities. We’ll update this list throughout the season.

Santa on Solano (Berkeley/Albany)
Free photo with Santa as well as snacks and live entertainment on these weekends in December:
December 8th and 9th: KNA Copy Centre – 1865 Solano Avenue / Berkeley at Fresno
December 15th and 16th, also the 22nd and 23rd  -  Whole Health Apothecary – 1229 Solano Avenue at Talbot

Tilden Park Christmas Fantasy Carousel (Berkeley)

The carousel is open from 5.30 to 8.30 every night until December 23rd from 5:30-8:30. Santa  makes appearances every night (except Wednesdays) from 6 to 8 pm. (Directions to Tilden Park Carousel.) Entrance to the event and visits with Santa are free. $2 for one ride, or a book of 7 ride tickets for $10.

Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland

Starting December 14th-December 23rd Santa will visit with children at Fairyland daily (Fairyland is open noon to 7 pm, weather permitting, on these dates).  There is also a light parade at 6.30 pm. More details at Fairyland website.

San Pablo Park at rec center building (Berkeley)

Little ones age 0-5 are welcome to meet Santa and receive a small gift from 11 am to 1 pm on December 21st. Call 981-6640 for more info.

Dunsmuir Hellman House (Oakland)

This historic estate in Oakland is offering a Tea with Santa, a Breakfast with Santa, and a few other holiday rituals.   Tickets and prices.

Play Cafe (Oakland)

For the price of regular admission to Play Cafe, your child can interact with Santa and you can take as many photos as you like. Santa hours will be on Friday, December 7th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Play Cafe is also accepting food and toy donations.

Christmas Tree Lane (Alameda)

Santa will be on the block from Dec 8 to Dec 23 from 6:30-8PM every night (weather permitting).

(Read more about Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda.)

Fourth Street in Berkeley

Sing along with Santa from noon to 1 pm at Peet’s on December 15-16 and December 22-23.  Then cross the street and have your picture taken with Santa and his helper from 1-4 pm.

South Shore Center in Alameda

Santa will be available for paid photos at The Little Ice Rink (in the parking lot near Petco).   Thursdays and Fridays from 2pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-7pm, and Sundays 11am-5:30 pm through December 24th.  Find all the dates and times here

Oakland Zoo

Kids can sit in Santa’s sleigh and have their photo taken with him (photo $5) after regular admission to the zoo.  Santa will be in Flamingo Plaza (just inside the entrance to the zoo).  December 1-24, daily from 10am-4pm.

Knudsen’s Creamery

Stop by this ice cream shop in Castro Valley to have pictures with Santa (bring your own camera!) through December 23.  He is there Tuesday-Friday 4-7 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 pm.  He is not there on Mondays.