The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, and there’s no better place to experience the magic of Christmas and take pictures with Santa than at the Disneyland Resort. Feel the holiday magic in the air when jolly St. Nick drops by to spread cheer at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney —from November 10, 2023 to December 24, 2023.
While Disneyland is already known for its enchanting atmosphere, during the holidays, it transforms into an even more whimsical wonderland.
One of the most cherished traditions at the park is taking photos with Santa Claus himself.
In this article, we’ll explore the best places to capture those memorable moments with Santa at the Disneyland Resort.
As you enter Disneyland Park, the iconic Main Street, U.S.A. becomes an enchanting winter wonderland during the holiday season.
Photos with Santa at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney
The charming backdrop of Main Street, with its twinkling lights and festive decorations, adds to the magic of your photos. Don’t forget to check the park’s schedule for Santa’s appearances, as he has a busy holiday season!
Critter Country at Disneyland Park
Find Santa located by the Winnie the Pooh ride. Experience “snow” while waiting for Santa. At times, you’ll also get a small candy cane. Show up early for the best experience.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure Park
Over at Disney California Adventure Park, Buena Vista Street is beautifully adorned with holiday decor. Here, you can visit Santa Claus at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, where you’ll not only get to meet him but also enjoy a picturesque forest setting, complete with twinkling lights, themed decorations, and seasonal music. It’s a great spot for capturing the essence of a California-style Christmas.
Grand Californian Hotel
The Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel not only smells amazing (thanks in part to the giant gingerbread house in the lobby), but you can also listen to the sounds of the season playing throughout the resort.
You can find Santa next to the giant Christmas tree at different times of the day.
Santa is decked out in a specialty-decades costume at the Disneyland Hotel. Call ahead for their schedule.
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on select dates! This experience includes a full brunch, plus milk and cookies, and a designated time slot to take pictures with Santa!
BONUS: Jack and Sally in seasonal outfits
Jack and Sally welcome guests at New Orleans Square at Disneyland Resort. Jack Skellington is wearing his Santa outfit and ready to take pictures with you and your family.
While the designated spots mentioned above are the most popular locations to meet Santa Claus, you can also find holiday-themed backdrops and photo opportunities throughout both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
Keep an eye out for festive displays, beautifully decorated trees, and other seasonal decorations that make for picture-perfect moments. The entire resort is decked out in holiday splendor, so don’t hesitate to explore and take advantage of the magical ambiance.
Tips for a Picture-Perfect Experience:
- Check the Schedule: Santa Claus has a busy holiday season, so it’s important to check the schedule and plan your visit accordingly.
- Make Reservations: Some experiences may require reservations, so be sure to book in advance.
- Dress Festively: Don’t forget to dress in your holiday best to add an extra touch of magic to your photos.
- Capture the Moments: Be sure to have your camera or smartphone ready to capture those heartwarming moments with Santa.
- Share the Joy: Share your photos with Santa on social media using the #DisneyHolidays hashtag and spread the holiday cheer!
The Disneyland Resort is a magical place to celebrate the holiday season, and taking photos with Santa Claus is a cherished tradition.
Whether you visit Santa on Main Street, Downtown Disney, or even at breakfast, the memories you create will be treasured for years to come.
So, this holiday season, be sure to make your way to the Happiest Place on Earth to capture the magic of Christmas with Santa Claus.
Originally published on November 6, 2023. Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Pattie Cordova