The Best Places to Visit Santa in Los Angeles

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Santa's North Pole Experience at Westfield Century City
Santa's North Pole Experience | Photo: Westfield Century City

Santa Claus is coming to town, and we’ve got his itinerary! From Grinchmas™ at Universal Studios Hollywood to photo ops with Santa at Westfield and more, Jolly Old St. Nick is making numerous stops across Los Angeles through Christmas Eve. Read on for the best places in LA for the whole family (including pets) to enjoy a meet and greet with Santa Claus.

Family photo with The Grinch at Grinchmas in Universal Studios Hollywood
Family photo with The Grinch™ at Grinchmas™ | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

Grinchmas™ - Universal Studios Hollywood (Nov. 24, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024)

Get in the festive spirit with spectacular holiday experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood! Surrounded by holiday decor, you can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, enjoy the most Who-tacular Grinchmas celebration ever, and end your day at Universal CityWalk, where you can enjoy world-class shopping, dining, and movies at the state-of-the-art Cinema.

Snap a selfie with the Grinch™ and Max for holiday memories that will last a lifetime; witness the lighting of the Dr. Seuss-inspired tree; then settle in for a live reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Cindy-Lou Who. On select days, The Who-Bee Doo-Wops will perform holiday classics.

Grow your heart three sizes at the Who-ville Post Office by writing a postcard to the Grinch listing some of your good deeds - Universal Studios Hollywood will make a charitable donation for every postcard sent!

Santa's North Pole Experience at Westfield Century City
Santa's North Pole Experience | Photo: Westfield Century City

Santa's North Pole Experience - Westfield Century City (Nov. 24 - Dec. 24, 2023)

Westfield Century City invites the whole family to Santa's North Pole Experience, taking place at The Atrium on select dates from November 24 through Christmas Eve. After checking in with Santa’s helper, you'll embark on a journey to the North Pole, where you’ll visit with Santa in his bungalow and Mrs. Claus in her bakeshop, enjoy several self-serve photo ops, and much more!

Your ticket Includes:

  • 10-minute private experience
  • Up to 6 attendees per single ticket, including children
  • Interactive touchpoints at The Navigation Station and Santa’s Carriage
  • Meet & Greet with Mrs. Claus at her Bakery
  • Private access to Santa’s Bungalow
  • Multiple self-serve photo moments
  • Postcard to fill out and mail to Santa at the Post Office inside the Holiday Market
  • Complimentary sweet treat from Mrs. Claus

Bring your fur baby for Santa Paws on December 6 and 13!

Tickets to Santa's North Pole Experience must be pre-purchased online. Pricing is $55 for November 24 to December 3, $65 (Dec. 6-10), $75 (Dec. 13-17) and $85 for December 18-24.

‘Tis the season for pics with Santa through Christmas Eve at Westfield shopping centers across LA:

Santa at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Santa at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: LA Phil

Holiday Sing-Along - Walt Disney Concert Hall (Dec. 16, 2023)

Deck the Hall with the Holiday Sing-Along, taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, December 16. Raise your voices and spirits with this annual holiday tradition that offers fun, cheer, and festive music for the whole family! Hosted by Melissa Peterman, the Holiday Sing-Along features the Hall's massive pipe organ, the voice/LA choir, and a jazz combo leading a selection of seasonal favorites.

Two sessions, at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Come early to Winter Wonderland in BP Hall to warm up your vocal cords with complimentary hot cocoa, create your own holiday craft and take a picture with Santa Claus before your Holiday Sing-Along show.

Shogun Santa at Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo
Shogun Santa at Japanese Village Plaza | Photo: Little Tokyo Business Association

Shogun Santa - Little Tokyo (Dec. 17-18, 2023)

The Little Tokyo Business Association welcomes Shogun Santa to the Japanese Village Plaza! One of Little Tokyo's most beloved holiday traditions, meet LA's only AAPI Santa in front of the Christmas tree for a festive photo op from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18.

Merry Memories with Santa at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
Merry Memories with Santa | Photo: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 2023)

Beginning on Saturday, November 25, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is hosting four weeks of Merry Memories with Santa at Center Court on Level 1. Book a Meet & Greet or Photo Package:

  • Meet Santa Claus
  • Share your holiday wishes
  • Professional photos
  • Holiday cheer!
Santa's Workshop at The Grove
Santa's Workshop | Photo: The Grove

Meet Santa - Winterland by Caruso (through Dec. 24, 2023)

Make the season extra merry and bright with a visit with Santa! Share your Christmas wishlist with Santa and take home keepsake photos. Book your reservation for visits through Christmas Eve.

Santa's Workshop - The Grove

  • Located on 1st Street near Barnes & Noble

Santa's House - The Americana at Brand

  • Located near The Green

Santa's Cottage - The Promenade at Westlake

  • Located near Farfalla Trattoria
Pet Night with Santa at Glendale Galleria
Pet Night with Santa | Photo: Glendale Galleria, Facebook

Glendale Galleria (through Dec. 24, 2023)

Santa Claus is back for another festive season of photos at Macy's Court in the Glendale Galleria. Book online and you'll receive a phone call from Santa himself!

Pet Night: Take Santa photos with your pets from 4pm-7pm on November 27-28 and December 4-5. Everyone is welcome, even without pets.

Santa Cares: On Sunday, December 3, visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. Santa Cares is exclusively for children and families with special needs. Reservations for Santa Cares are required. Attendance is free, photo packages are available for purchase on-site.

Holiday Family Faire at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Holiday Family Faire | Photo: Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Holiday Family Faire - Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum (Dec. 9, 2023)

One of LA's most beloved outdoor venues, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is an enchanting hidden gem in Topanga Canyon.

On Saturday, December 9, Theatricum is hosting the annual Holiday Family Faire from 11am to 5pm. Highlights of the outdoor winter wonderland include:

  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Artisan Holiday Marketplace
  • Special performances
  • Festive food & drink
  • Caroling and Singing Madrigals
  • Winter Holiday Stories from a variety of traditions
  • Screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol (additional ticket add-on)
Photos with Santa at Santa Monica Place
Photos with Santa at Santa Monica Place | Photo: Eventbrite

Santa Monica Place (through Dec. 24, 2023)

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa's Winter Wonderland in the Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase. Pre-book online and receive a call from Santa! Don't miss Pet Nights on December 13 and 14.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Holiday in the Park | Photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Holiday in the Park - Six Flags Magic Mountain (Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 2023)

Renowned as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” Six Flags Magic Mountain lights up the season during its dazzling Holiday in the Park, featuring millions of twinkling lights, themed areas, and live entertainment.

Visit Santa's Village, share your holiday wish list with St. Nick, and take a souvenir photo to cherish an unforgettable holiday moment. Show off your creative side and craft with Mrs. Claus and her little helpers. Take home the magic of Holiday in the Park or find the perfect holiday gift with exclusive merchandise like blankets and apparel, ornaments, toys and more.

Breakfast with Santa at Terranea
Breakfast with Santa | Photo: Terranea

Breakfast with Santa - Terranea (Dec. 9, 2023)

Santa journeys from the North Pole to the Palos Verdes Peninsula for a magical breakfast at Terranea on Saturday, December 9. Enjoy bakery and waffle stations, beverage and hot food stations, an egg kitchen, kids buffet, festive crafts, and pictures with Santa.

Seatings at 9am, 9:30am, and 10am. Pricing is $85 for Adults, $35 for Children (ages 5-12), and $20 for Toddlers (ages 3-4). Small Children (ages 2 and below) are complimentary.