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Photos with Santa in Orange County

Photos with Santa in Orange County

The holidays are here, and you know what that means, photos with Santa! In Orange County, we have an assortment of Santa’s that you can stop by and visit!

As a mother I love seeing my kiddos expressions when they see Santa. I love seeing the photos from years before and I love seeing the malls Christmas displays for photos.

We’re so lucky to have in Orange County so many Santa Photo opportunities in our malls. Here’s a great list of all the photos with Santa in Orange County malls We hope you enjoy it.

It is strongly recommend that you create a registration for Santa photos. 

Visit our other post where we’re also sharing Winter events throughout Orange County.

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Brea Mall

1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821

Receive a free phone call from Santa as our exclusive gift to you when you book online. Visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. We’re collecting donations on behalf of Autism Speaks. Exclusively for children with special needs. Reservations are required for this private photo experience. Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. During Pet Night events, we’re collecting donations on behalf of The Humane Society of the United States at participating locations.


Los Cerritos Center

239 Los Cerritos Center Cerritos, CA 90703

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting November 18 and is located at Main Court near Forever 21. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.

Costa Mesa

South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Santa’s Village in Carousel Court is open all center hours. The North Pole in the Macy’s Home Store Wing, Level 1, is open during all center hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22–December 8, and during all center hours December 9–December 24.

Huntington Beach

Bella Terra

7777 Edinger Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92647

November 18, 2022

Santa & Mrs. Claus will be dropping by Bella Terra to take keepsake photos with your family this holiday season. Photos are taken in an open air setting – weather permitting. Skip the line, book an appointment. Walk-ins welcome. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please contact [email protected].

Pacific City

21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Families are invited to bring their children to a holiday party just for kids on Tuesday, December 6th, from 11 a.m. to noon on the second level Surf Theater deck. This event, part of the center’s PC Grommets kids club events, will feature Mrs. Claus reading books and handing out candy canes and Santa hats. There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus who will stop by for photos with children around second level Yule Tide Tree. The party is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required; to registerPhotos with Santa during the event will be free-of-charge selfie opportunities for event attendees only (bring your own camera).

For professional photos with Santa in front of his Airstream travel trailer by the Yuletide Tree, guests are encouraged to make an advance reservation.

Santa Photo Hours:

Monday – Sunday 11am-6pm

Sunday’s Santa Paws from 4-6pm

12/21-23- Spend an extra hour with Santa! 


12/24 – Christmas Eve


Reservations Highly Suggested 

Please Note: 
Santa takes his break daily from 2pm-3pm and may be unavailable due rain or poor weather.


Irvine Spectrum Center

670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Get your wish list ready because Santa is coming to town — November 25- December 24! Preserve the magical moment at Santa’s beach chalet by purchasing a photo package for lasting memories, for years to come. Photo packages starting at $39.99! *No Reservations Required!

Mission Viejo

The shops in Mission Viejo Mall

555 The Shops at Mission Viejo Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Time to book Santa Photos, the ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot today. Event dates November 10- December 24.


Fashion Island

401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

From November 18 through December 24, visit Santa for keepsake memories during special holiday hours in Santa’s Village. Come share your holiday wishes and take a photo at his custom-designed house, located on the Atrium Lawn.


The Village at Orange

1500 E Village Way, Orange, CA 92865

Santa Claus will be available for photos and wishes during the following hours, with breaks from 3pm-3:30pm feed the reindeer. Santa photo appointments are available at: vivaphotostudio.com/santa-photos

San Clemente

San Clemente Outlets

101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672

Photos with Santa, November 19 – December 24

Santa Ana

MainPlace Mall

2800 N Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705

Santa’s ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ home is located on the lower level in Macy’s Court from November 18 through December 24. The set is free and open to the public, professional photos are available for purchase. 


The District Tustin Legacy

DECEMBER 3 | 12-2pm
Tilly’s and Van’s Courtyard, In The Promenade
, Family Christmas Party Enjoy photos with Santa, family crafts & activities, live DJ, stilt walkers, face painting & balloon artist, Mrs. Clause’s Book Corner, and shop our outdoor Merry Makers Village of family-owned gift shops. Free to attend. Santa Photos & Wonderfest Activity Passes are available* with 100% of net proceeds benefitting a local family non-profit.

Tustin Market Place

2961 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92782 

Join us this holiday season as we welcome Santa to The Market Place. On December 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd, you can come take a FREE Selfie with Santa. He’ll be here from 1pm – 4pm for visits and photos at the food court near Mathis Home. Photos will not be provided, so don’t forget your camera/phone! 


Westminster Mall

1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

Receive a free phone call from Santa as our exclusive gift to you when you book online.

Originally published on November 18, 2022. Last Updated on December 5, 2022 by Pattie Cordova

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