Visit with Black Santa in Oakland & More - 510 Families

Visit with Black Santa in Oakland & More

Thank you to Children’s Fairyland and their festive holiday Fairy Winterland for sponsoring our round-up of Black Santa Claus experiences.

Santa Claus is coming to town. We are lucky to have a diversity of Santas in the Oakland Area, but it can still be hard to know where to find a consistent Black Santa experience, so we’ve rounded up a few you can count on.

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Photo: Rusty Blazenhoff/ Children’s Fairyland

Black Santa Claus visits Oakland & Emeryville

Black Santa Claus at Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Tis the season for Black Santa’s visit to Children’s Fairyland. Celebrating this holiday tradition since the 90s, Fairyland is committed to sharing the magical and important experience of Black Santa with Oakland and the Bay Area.

His presence serves as the centerpiece to their annual family holiday event, Fairy Winterland. In addition to thousands of twinkly lights, a holiday scavenger hunt, a snow flurry in the Old West Junction, and hot cocoa and cider, visitors can snap photos with Black Santa and join him in a festive parade full of songs, high fives and dancing.

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Santa giving out high fives to young visitors | Photo: Fairyland

Black Santa hours: Dec. 16-23 and 26-30  from 4 pm to 7 pm, Santa will be in Fairyland leading the parade and handing out treats at 6:30.

For parents to know: Santa will lead the parade and hand out a treat (my guess is candy canes), Santa will have a mailbox for letters in the chapel, and there is no lap-sitting this year.

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Santa parade and show at Fairy Winterland in Oakland. Santa without lap sitting

Santa Breakfast & Craft Fair, Pinole

December 4 only. Preregistration is required for this breakfast, crafts, storytime, and photo experience with African American Santa Claus.
Location: St. Joseph School, 1961 Plum Street Pinole
Reserve your spot >

For parents to know: Bring your own camera to take a picture with Santa. Outdoor event. Admission to the craft fair and Santa visit is free, but the pancake breakfast is $7-$10 and first come, first served.

Black Santa Claus at Kids Play Zone, Oakland

December 10 only. Kids Play Zone is hosting a Cookies and Cocoa with Santa event in Oakland. Each session includes photos, playtime, cookies, warm cocoa drinks, plus a special gift from Santa himself (for children under 10).

Cookie & Cocoa with Santa hours: Dec. 10 from 11 am – 1 pm; doors open at 10 am. Purchase tickets in advance to secure a spot. Reserve a space >

For parents to know: Bring your own camera to take a picture with Santa.

Black Santa Claus photos in Christmasville, Emeryville

Christmasville is a magical photoshoot experience with Santa in Emeryville. Your family will receive a private audience with Santa Claus that will be remembered forever. You must book ahead for your 15-minute photoshoot. As of this writing, one of the Santa Claus choices is a Black Santa named Solas.

Santa Solas hours: By reservation only. 15-minute sessions. Santa Solas works on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm to 8 pm. Reserve your spot >

For parents to know: This is a high-quality professional photoshoot. If you send holiday cards, these will be perfect. You get one photo included with your shoot. All prints and products are additional and will be decided upon after you see your images.

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Santa Solas is available to meet your family from Nov. 18 to Dec. 12 | Photo: Leah Marie Studio

Thank you to Children’s Fairyland and their festive holiday Fairy Winterland for sponsoring our round-up of Black Santa Claus experiences.

More places to visit Black Santa in the Bay Area

The Black Santa Holiday Faire, Suisun City

December 10 + 11. The Black Santa Faire in Suisun City is a two-day celebration and vendor craft fair with a VIP Black Santa experience tied into a book, Santa Claus is Coming to The Town: A Fun Christmas Book for Kids by local author, Mishi Booker.

Santa Faire Hours: Dec. 10 and 11 from 11 am to 5 pm. Book your tickets >

For parents to know: The VIP Santa Experience is approximately one hour and costs $25 per child; it includes photos with Santa, arts and crafts, and one copy of the book. Adults do not need a ticket. Additional children are $15 (no book). There are three time slots per day of the faire.

Location: Suisun Harbor Theatre, 720 Main Street, Suisun (about 45 minutes away from Oakland)

Black Santa Claus at Filoli, Woodside

Filoli has a magical garden and estate home all lit up for the holidays with Santa Claus making special appearances in a woodland garden set up.

Santa Weekend Hours: Santa Claus is on-hand on December weekends leading up to Christmas (12/3 to 12/23) as part of paid admission to Holidays at Filoli. Reserve your spot >

For parents to know: Santa is set up on a stage with a golden throne. Children can sit on the throne up close or stay socially distant according to their (and your!) comfort level. There isn’t a photographer on-hand so snap away at those selfies.

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Santa visits a little one in the gardens | Photo: Tiffany Zabala for Filoli

If you know of more Bay Area locations to visit Black Santa, please drop them in the comments!

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