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Photos with Santa in Orange County (2023)

Photos with Santa in Orange County (2023)

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.

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We’re so lucky to have in Orange County so many Santa Photo opportunities in our malls. Here’s a great list of where you can take photos with Santa at 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 Christmas events in Orange County.

Elf on the Shelf at mainPlace Mall in Santa Ana

Use our custom where to take photos with Santa in Orange County map to find the closest location to you.

Santa Photos at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim

Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney in Anaheim
Start date: November 10, 2023
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.

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Santa Photos at the Brea Mall

Brea Mall
1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821
Start date: November 9, 2023
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.

Santa Photos at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
Start date: November 17, 2023
Santa has his very own home during Knott’s Merry Farm! Santa’s Christmas Cabin hosts not only Santa, but also some seasonal treats and drinks! Stop by to say hi to Santa, and take a FREE picture! Printed photos can also be purchased on-site.

Santa Photos at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Start date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22–December 8, and during all center hours December 9–December 24, 2023
Located in Carousel Court Open all center hours and in the Macy’s Home Store Wing, Level 1. open during all center hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22–December 8, and during all center hours December 9–December 24.

Santa Photos at Dana Point Harbor

Dana Point Wharf
34571 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point
Start date: November 27
Santa’s coming to the Harbor on November 27 and December 10 from 10 am – 1 pm and taking residence in the Clock Courtyard. Visitors can book professional photos with Santa in front of a holiday-themed photo op created by Style My Holiday. The holiday display will remain up throughout the month of December for all to enjoy. Click here to make a reservation.

Boat rides with Santa
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take photos with Santa and his holiday helpers on this adventure at sea for a $5 donation with proceeds supporting Soroptimist of Capistrano Bay. Reservations will be required. Please visit danawharf.com for more information.

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Santa Photos in Huntington Beach

Bella Terra
7777 Edinger Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Start date: November 22, 2023
Santa & his elf will be dropping by Bella Terra to take keepsake photos with your family this holiday season. Photos are complimentary and taken with a photo booth in an open air setting – weather permitting. RSVP not needed, walk-up’s welcome.

Pacific City
Start Date: November 24, 2023
Guests who want a distinctively SoCal twist to their coveted holiday photos with Santa will enjoy the experience of visiting Old St. Nick on the porch of his beachside Airstream travel trailer located on the Pacific City Ocean Deck.

Photo package prices range from $39.99 to $49.99. To reduce overall wait times, families are strongly encouraged to make a reservation in advance of their visit. While strongly encouraged, a reservation is not required, and walk-up visits will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Guests making an advance reservation will receive one free personalized phone call from Santa before their visit. To see Santa’s availability or reserve a photo session, visit https://bit.ly/3QwzyyI.

Santa Photo Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm (break 2pm – 3pm)
  • Sunday 11am-6pm, Santa Paws from 4-6pm (break 2pm – 3pm)
  • Thursday, Dec 21 – Saturday, Dec 23 11am-7pm (break 2pm-3pm)
  • Christmas Eve 11am-5pm (break 2pm-3pm) 

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

Santa Photos at Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Start date: November 24 – December 24.
Get your wish list ready because Santa is coming to town — November 24- 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!

Santa Photos at the Shops at Mission Viejo

The Shops at Mission Viejo Mall
555 The Shops at Mission Viejo Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Start date: November 10, 2023
Time to book Santa Photos, the ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Secure your spot today. Event dates November 10- December 24.

Santa Photos at Fashion Island in Newport Beach

Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Start date: Nov 17, 2023 – Dec 24, 2023
From November 17 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.

Santa Photos at San Clemente Outlets

San Clemente Outlets
101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672
Start Date: November 24, 2023
Continue tradition and have your photos taken with Santa! He will be visiting from the North Pole on the following dates from 12pm-6pm

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Santa Photos at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana

MainPlace Mall
2800 N Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705
Start Date: November 17, 2023
Santa’s ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ home is located on the lower level in Macy’s Court from November 17 through December 24. The set is free and open to the public, professional photos are available for purchase.

taking pictures with elf on the shelf

Santa Photos in Tustin

Tustin Market Place
2961 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92782
Start Date: December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, 2023
Join us this holiday season as we welcome Santa to The Market Place. On December 2, 9 and 16, you can come take a FREE Selfie with Santa. He’ll be here from 12pm – 3pm for visits and photos at the courtyard near Mathis Home. Photos will not be provided, so don’t forget your camera/phone! 

Santa Photos at Westminster Mall

Westminster Mall
1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683
Start Date: November 17, 2023
Receive a free phone call from Santa as our exclusive gift to you when you book online.

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Originally published on November 1, 2023. Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Pattie Cordova

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