Where to Get Photos with Santa in the East Bay - 510 Families

Where to Get Photos with Santa in the East Bay

This year’s list of Santa Claus photo locations is brought to you by Christmasville in the Woods in Oakland. Please be aware that because of Covid-19, lots of usual Santa visits are cancelled for 2020.

Santa Claus is still coming to town alright, but where? And when? Our list will (hopefully) grow throughout the Christmas season as we discover Santa Claus in new places. Please note that most — if not all — require advance reservations. There are also a few very clever virtual Santa options.

Where to see Santa Claus in the East Bay

Christmasville in the Woods Santa Claus Photos, Oakland

Christmasville in the Woods is a magical photoshoot experience with Santa in the Heart of Oakland. Your family will be guided in a private, covid-safe and contact-less experience.

Christmasville santa photo shoot
Christmasville in the Woods interactive Covid-save photo shoot | Photo: Leah Marie Studio

Every Christmasville session includes a visit to a snowy forest and into a film set of an otherworldly living room where Santa will make his appearance from a safe distance. The photographer, Leah Marie Studio, will capture the whole story as you and your family star in your own scene of the childhood magic of Santa. Your session fees include your favorite photo from the shoot.

Optional upgrades: Add Christmas cards, photo albums, local-themed gift boxes to your shoot. There is also an Acts of Kindness program to share this special experience with others.

Book now: Available sessions Nov 12th – Dec 20th. ** These sessions are extremely limited so make sure you BOOK ahead of time to secure your spot and get your photos back in time for the holidays. ** As of right now, Santa Steve (above) is available Fridays and Saturdays and Santa Sola (below) is available on Sundays. Book now >>

black santa scene
Christmasville families can pre-select their Santa Claus (meet Santa Solas) | Photo: Leah Marie Studio

So much has changed for the world this year but we are dedicated to keeping the magic alive. Let’s cherish the tradition of Christmas and encourage our children to get excited about the holidays.

A few more places to see Santa Claus in the East Bay

Friday, December 4, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time Event
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Photos with Santa Claus at South Shore Center (RSVP)
Alameda South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Time Event
7:30 am - 8:00 am Virtual Story Time with Cocoa Santa (RSVP Required)
*Online*, Your House
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward

Monday, December 7, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Photos with Santa Claus at South Shore Center (RSVP)
Alameda South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward

Friday, December 11, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time Event
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Photos with Santa Claus at South Shore Center (RSVP)
Alameda South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Holiday Fantasy Parade - You Drive, They Wave!
Fourth Street Shops, Berkeley

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Time Event
7:30 am - 8:00 am Virtual Story Time with Cocoa Santa (RSVP Required)
*Online*, Your House
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward

Monday, December 14, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Photos with Santa Claus at South Shore Center (RSVP)
Alameda South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Time Event
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Friday, December 18, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Time Event
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Photos with Santa Claus at South Shore Center (RSVP)
Alameda South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Pictures with Black Santa
The Source Chiropractic, Oakland,
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Time Event
7:30 am - 8:00 am Virtual Story Time with Cocoa Santa (RSVP Required)
*Online*, Your House
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Monday, December 21, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fairy Winterland (RSVP)
Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa Photos in Corte Madera (RSVP needed)
Village at Corte Madera, Corte Madera
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fairy Winterland (RSVP)
Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Time Event
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Broadway Santa (RSVP needed)
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Photos with Santa at Macy's Court (RSVP)
Southland Mall, Hayward
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fairy Winterland (RSVP)
Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Visit to the North Pole (RSVP needed)
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Other places to visit Santa Claus in person

Santa Claus on a train in Sacramento

About 90 minutes from Berkeley and Oakland, The Magical Christmas Train includes a special one-hour visit with the big man, Santa Claus, and his trusty elves on a railroad in a train car.

When: The one-hour ride is offered four times each day on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning on Nov. 27 through Dec. 20 and then Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Christmas week.
Price: Adults 13+: $55 | Kids age 3 to 12: $45 | Kids 2 and under: $10

Virtual ways to see Santa Claus

  • Macy’s Santaland at Home is a festive, online experience for families running Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 24. Up to three children can take part in the customized experience at a time. Visit Santaland >>
  • Picture Me Santa allows parents to digitally create a Santa photo with a willing child using the magic of photo editing. See more on their website >>
  • Virtual Storytime with Cocoa Santa includes a special zoom storytime and presents from Oakland-based Hey Carter! Books.
  • NORAD Santa Tracker is an annual Christmas-themed program that starts on Dec. 1, but the actual Santa-tracking starts on midnight of Dec. 23. You can watch Santa and his sleigh tour the entire world, digitally on NORADSanta.org.

Find more places to go this Christmas in our East Bay Holiday Activities Guide.

Thanks to Christmasville in the Woods for getting super creative to make holiday magic for families and for sponsoring this post. Ho ho ho!

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1 thought on “Where to Get Photos with Santa in the East Bay”

  1. If you want to support a local non-profit this holiday season– The Diverse Theatre Initiative is hosting their very first winter fundraiser, where anyone from anywhere can hop on a personalized 1on1 call with Santa @ https://www.thedti.org/seesanta2020
    They’re all doing great work, and all the profits go towards creating free diverse performing arts lessons for students

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