Best Places to See Santa in San Francisco
November 25, 2021

Don’t miss taking a selfie snap with Saint Nick as he parks his sleigh with his reindeers in the best places to see Santa in San Francisco!

The Christmas season is only a few days away. It’s time again to explore the Christmas spots and attractions in San Francisco. You will see stores covered in lights, building facades adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations, Christmas gifts, and above all, meeting Santa in his magical sleigh and reindeers — the most awaited moment for your little ones. The sight of this big guy in a red suit is undoubtedly a dream come true for every child, and besides, they have been nice all year round. Take your kids with you to take a souvenir photo or have a special breakfast from the lined-up event and activities in the best places to visit and see Santa in San Francisco!

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After the quest for the perfect firs and pines from the Christmas tree farms, the whole family already knows the drill. That is to find the most spectacular places to see Santa and attend the events in San Francisco! For sure, your kids are now grinning with excitement because, finally, they’ll be seeing the man who’s secretly coming down the chimney at night to fill in those stockings. You can also add to your holiday tradition by joining an event breakfast with Santa and taking a photo in the best places you can find and see him in San Francisco. 

Take a break from the heavy shopping holiday craze and take a photo or have a big breakfast with Santa from our list of the best places in San Francisco. Whether you want a traditional meet and greet, or a not-so-traditional Santa sighting, these spots are a must-add holiday bucket list to your family!

Santa’s Enchanted Workshop San Francisco
Photo by: Santa’s Enchanted Workshop


2131 Peaceful Garden Way, Rescue CA 95672
Phone Number: (530) 677-5369

Oct. 1 – December 12, 2022

One of the best places to see Santa in Sacramento is visiting the Santa’s Enchanted Workshop. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, just 15 minutes up HW 50 from Folsom in the greater Sacramento area, they offer kids a personal one-hour visit with Santa in his beautiful cottage workshop and have pictures or take a portrait to create heirloom art pieces for you to cherish for years to come.

This experience offers your children a chance to meet Santa in a private setting while enjoying some enchanted time with him. Your children will have the chance to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and even find their names on his nice list.

They will enjoy milk and cookies, learn about the North Pole, help in his workshop, read a book, and enjoy other sweet moments with our beautiful Saint Nick. For more information, please visit their website.

Taking photo or having breakfast with Santa in San Francisco - Meet & Greet Black Santa and Mrs. C
Photo by: Baron Davis & the Black Santa Company

Meet & Greet Black Santa and Mrs. C

Westfield San Francisco Centre
865 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: (415) 891-7638

December 11-12, 2021 

Saturday – Sunday | 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Come indulge in holiday cheer and meet the real Black Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit the Westfield San Francisco Centre, as it is one of the best places to see Santa for a photo opportunity and enjoy some treats. Plus, a limited time engagement with former NBA Golden State Warriors All-Star Baron Davis’ The Black Santa Company inside the Selfie Market.

This limited engagement includes entrance into the selfie market, a music-themed photo studio with over 25 installations inspired by Music, and a meet and greets with Black Santa & Mrs. C in its holiday decorated area. You can also shop for exclusive Black Santa merchandise in their gift shop. For more details, please click the link HERE.

Best places to see Santa - Santa Cares Day At Center Court
Photo by: Santa Cares Day At Center Court

Santa Cares Day At Center Court 

Stonestown Galleria
3251 20th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone Number: (415) 564-8848

December 12, 2021 

Sunday | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Make this holiday merry and visit the Big Guy to capture unforgettable photo moments. Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to join before the mall opens for their sensory-friendly event to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit and photos with Santa. Pose for a photo with Santa in San Francisco where extra care is taken to support sensory needs.

Reservations are encouraged. For more details, please click the link HERE.

Taking photo or having breakfast with Santa in San Francisco - Neiman Marcus
Photo by: Neiman Marcus

Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus

The Restaurants of Neiman Marcus
150 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: (415) 362-3900

December 12 & 19, 2021 

Sunday | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Neiman Marcus San Francisco invites you and your family to have BREAKFAST WITH SANTA and get your picture taken in a photo booth! Santa’s helpers include balloon artists and ornament painters.


  • Assorted Pastries
  • Kids Menu
  • Croissant French toast with caramelized apples, pecan, vanilla whipped cream, bacon & sausage.
  • Adults Menu
  • Smoked Salmon tart with Béarnaise custard, caviar and frisée.
  • Beverages
  • Orange juice, Milk, Hot chocolate, Coffee, and Hot tea. A glass of sparkling wine or Mimosa awaits adults 21 and over!

For more details, please click the link HERE.

Photos with Santa - Ghirardelli Square
Photo by: Ghirardelli Square

Photos with Santa

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St., San Francisco, CA, 94109
Phone Number: (415) 775-5500


2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Santa is kicking off our 12 Days Till Christmas with some photos by our Christmas Tree! Line up from 2-6 pm and snap a socially distanced selfie with the big guy in red.

For more information, please visit their website.

9th Annual Winter Wonderland 2021
Photo by: Bayview Opera House

9th Annual Winter Wonderland 2021

Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre
4705 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94124
Phone Number: (415) 824-0386

December 16, 2021

Thursday | 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Come and bring your kids to the historic Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre for Winter Wonderland! They have indoor venues for skating and Santa and large tents. Visit with Santa and his merry elves to receive free stocking. They are also lighting the property, building decorations, and planning with fervor to create an experience that allows you to bring a safe, inclusive, festive and fun event to Bayview Hunters Point.

Snow Land is coming back and ice skating too! Winter Wonderland is presented by Bayview Opera House, SF Rec & Park, En2Action and Ojamaa Kitchen, the Museum of Craft and Design, and the SF Links. to get free tickets, click the link HERE!

Take photo or having breakfast with Santa in San Francisco - Thrive City Winter Wonderland
Photo by: Thrive City

Thrive City Winter Wonderland: Holiday Spectacular

Thrive City
1 Warriors Way, San Francisco, CA 94158

December 18, 2021 

Saturday | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

What makes the holiday season unique is that there’s something new to celebrate every day at Thrive City. Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Chase, brings a recent family fun activity to experience. Take photos in front of the largest holiday tree in the Bay Area, submit your wish list in our North Pole mailbox, and sing along to your favorite carols under a nightly snowfall. The holiday season is full of magical moments for all to enjoy at Thrive City.

Enjoy a live music showcase, artisan market with local vendors, live reindeer feedings, family and pet photos with Santa, and more. Indulge in-season treats, snap the perfect holiday photo and create memories that’ll last a lifetime. RSVP while supplies last.

There’s a lot to love about San Francisco, especially during Christmas time — one of them is meeting the man in the red suit. It is every child’s dream to meet Santa in person, that’s why the Christmas season is the most cherished holiday of all. Make your child’s dream come true by taking them to an event visiting the best places to see Santa in San Francisco and creating beautiful memories with your kids as you take a photo together or have a holiday breakfast with father Christmas.

So, what are you waiting for? Get the whole family ready, get the car key, and make your holiday as memorable as ever! 

San Francisco offers so many opportunities for kids to enjoy and have fun all year round! Check out our list of resources, or browse through our things to do in San Francisco with kids. Still looking for more activities for kids in San Francisco? No problem! Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region and our highly recommended seasonal blog posts.

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