Best Places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area
November 27, 2017

15 Best Places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area

Ho Ho Ho… it’s that time of year! And while Santa is making his list and checking it twice, parents are dreading the long wait at the mall for their children to have a brief moment on Santa’s lap. This year, skip the long lines at the mall and check out one of these 15 Best Places to See Santa in the Sacramento Area instead!

Our recommendations include fun, family-friendly events where kids can have memorable, one-on-one experiences with Santa while enjoying crafts, activities, breakfast, and photo opportunities. This year, make your child’s visit with Santa a special occasion with one of these 15 Best Places to See Santa in the Sacramento Area:

CSD Breakfast with Santa – Elk Grove

CSD Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2  | 8 – 11 AM
Elk Grove Regional Park Pavilion, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove

Celebrate the season by having Breakfast with Santa at the Pavilion in Elk Grove Regional Park. Each child will have the opportunity to talk with Santa in his sleigh! Breakfast will be prepared by the Pride of Laguna Creek Lions Club. Space is limited, so families are encouraged to pre-register. Walk-ups will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, space permitting. The cost is $7 per person (2 years and up) at the door. Children under 2 years old and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the event web page.

Community Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 2 | 12 – 5 PM
3431 Marlee Way, Rocklin

Kick off the holiday season with this fun event which includes pictures with Santa taken by a professional photographer, activity booths for the kids, plus lots of great shopping from local businesses. Event entry is free and raffle tickets are available for sale. Raffle proceeds benefit the Placer County Animal Shelter. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Sacramento

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 2 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Neil Orchard Activities Center, 3480 Routier Rd, Sacramento

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Cordova Recreation and Park District for kid’s holiday crafts and a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage and refreshments. Then, stop by the holiday craft fair for some Christmas shopping and take a picture with Santa (please bring your own camera). Admission is $2 (age 8 and under) and $5 per person (age 9 and up). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento

Come celebrate the joys of the season at the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District’s Annual Breakfast with Santa event! This cheer-filled morning is full of activities, crafts, games and photo opportunities with jolly ole St. Nick! Bring your family and friends and enjoy this exciting event at the community center in Howe Park. Breakfast will include sausage, pancakes and orange juice! $9 includes breakfast, picture with Santa, activities and goodie bag!. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Breakfast with Santa – Roseville

Roseville Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Roseville Sports Center, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville

Santa Claus is coming to Roseville! Enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with your family, make crafts in an elves workshop, play reindeer games and enjoy photo opportunities while you visit with Santa. This event is one of the best places to see Santa in the Sacramento area! Entry is $10 per person (age 2+), $5 age 2 or under. For more information, visit the event website.

North Highlands Recreation and Park District Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2 | 8:30 AM – 11 AM
6040 Watt Ave, North Highlands

Get into the holiday spirit with NHRPD’s Breakfast with Santa event. The event is only $5 per person, and includes a full breakfast, children’s activities and photos with Santa. Due to the event’s popularity, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the NHRDP district office or by phone at 916-332-7440. The event benefits the North Highlands Optimist Club. For more information, visit the event web page.

West Sacramento Community Center

Saturday, December 9 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM
1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Santa Claus is coming to town and he is making a special stop at the West Sacramento Community Center! Attendees will enjoy yummy breakfast items, arts and crafts, write letters to Santa, and can take photos with St. Nick. Pre-registration is required (no tickets sold at the door). To reserve your seat, visit the event website.

Elk Grove Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 9 | 8 – 10 AM
Applebee’s, 9105 E Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove

Join the Kiwanis Club of Laguna-Elk Grove for their breakfast with Santa event at Applebee’s. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $10 per person, children 2 and under are free. Plus, get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Proceeds will benefit many service-oriented projects including Elk Grove’s Teen Center, children’s reading programs, the Kiwanis Family House, and the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation’s Pediatric Trauma Program. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Breakfast with Santa, Community Services District – El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills Community Services District – Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 9 | 8 – 11:15 AM
1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills

Start the yuletide season with a festive morning of holiday cheer. This special event includes breakfast, a visit with Santa and holiday crafts. Attendees should pre-register, as space is limited. The event has two seating times, one at 8 am, and one at 10 am. The cost is $5 per person with advance purchase, $10 at the door (space permitting), children under 2 are free. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

BusyKidz Play Town

Saturday, December 9 | 10 AM – 4 PM
118 Woodmere Rd #110, Folsom

Here comes Santa Claus to BusyKidz Play Town! This popular event features professional mini photo sessions with Santa on December 9. Sessions are $35 and include high-resolution photos, plus a free BusyKidz play pass (passes may be used on future dates). This event is one of the best places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area! To learn more, visit the event website.

Brunch with Santa, Rusch Park Community Center – Citrus Heights

Brunch with Santa

Saturday, December 9 | 11 AM – 2 PM
Rusch Park Community Center, 7801 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights

This fun children’s event features holiday crafts, activities, and a pancake brunch with Santa himself. Sunrise Staff supervise the event while parents shop for the holidays. Participants will make holiday snow globes and ornaments to take home. The event cost is $10 per child, and pre-registration is required. This event is one of the best places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area! For more information, visit the event website.

Fair Oaks Parks & Recreation’s Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 9 | 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse, 7997 California Ave, Fair Oaks

This community event features a yummy continental breakfast, holiday crafts, letters to the North Pole, a hot cocoa bar, and pictures with Santa (bring your own camera). Event seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $8 (before 11/24) or $10 after 11/24. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Rocklin Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 10 | 8 – 10 AM
Applebee’s, 6811 Lonetree Boulevard, Rocklin

Join Santa Claus at Applebee’s on Sunday, December 10 for a special holiday-themed breakfast! This special event benefits the Rocklin Kiwanis club and is open to kids of all ages. Bring your camera for special photo opportunities with Santa. Tickets are $8 per person. This event is one of the best places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area! To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Breakfast with Santa Claus

Saturday, December 16 | 8 – 11 AM
Brighton School, 405 Natoma Station Drive, Folsom

Spend the morning with Santa Claus at this special event featuring a buffet-style breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and beverages. A Santa Store will be open and photos with Santa will be available, too! Tickets are $5.25 for children, $10.25 for adults (proceeds benefit special Brighton School programs). Available seating times are 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00am. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Santa Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, December 17 | 10 AM
American Legion Post 521, 6700 8th Street, Rio Linda

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the American Legion Post 521 in Rio Linda. Come one, come all to the Santa Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 17. The event features arts and crafts, stockings for each child, photographs with jolly ol’ St. Nick and a pancake breakfast for all. The event is free for children, $5 for adults. To learn more, visit the event Facebook page.

15 Best Places to see Santa in the Sacramento Area

This year, skip the lines at the mall and enjoy one of these wonderful events with Santa instead. Looking for other things do in the Sacramento area? Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region.


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Michele is a freelance writer based in Sacramento county. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, two children and four cats. Michele is proud of her role as a working mother and maintains a full-time career. Writing is one of Michele’s passions and she aims to share her unique perspective on parenting through the written word.

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