Where to Take Pictures with Santa For Free in San Diego

There are so many community events around San Diego to get into the holiday spirit. Did you know that many of these events are free and even include the opportunity to meet and visit with Santa Claus himself at no charge?

Here is a round up of places and events where you can take your kids to see Santa Claus for free. But don’t forget to bring your own camera! This list focuses on events occurring along or near the 56 Freeway in Northern San Diego.

*Note: while we try to keep this information as current as possible, please confirm the dates and times before you go. *

Visits with Santa at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Date: November 16, 21, 30 and December 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19 and 21

Time: Hours vary by day

Location: Del Mar Highlands Town Center, 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

Visits with Santa at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Pop over to Del Mar Highlands Town Center to do some shopping and visit with Santa.

Olde Fashioned Christmas at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 5 to 10 pm

Location: Front Lawns of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Marking its 6th anniversary, Olde Fashioned Christmas at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will include a tree lighting at 6 pm and free pictures with Santa Claus at 6:30 pm. Plus, all evening long, guests can enjoy arts and crafts, live music and a bounce house. There will also be a Soup Challenge from 5 to 8 pm benefiting Shelter to Soldier.

6th Annual Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 1 to 3 pm

Location: Hotel Karlan San Diego, 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego, CA 92129

Hosted by the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council, the free 6th Annual Cookies & Cocoa with Santa event will give guests the opportunity to enjoy sweet treats and take free photos with Santa Claus. Additionally, you can make arts and crafts, enjoy holiday music and face painting. Consider bringing a gift that will go to a foster child with Voices for Children San Diego.

Santa by the Sea at Del Mar Village

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Location: NW Corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street in Del Mar

The holidays are here and Santa is making a stop in Del Mar Village! Come celebrate the holiday season as Santa joins us for an afternoon of jolly activities leading up to an annual Tree Lighting at 5pm. Holiday treats and refreshments will be available as well as fun-filled holiday crafts for all to enjoy. Design your own rad hat and write a letter to Santa’s workshop. Take free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy live holiday music and visits from special holiday characters. 

Plus, bring unwrapped gift donations to the L’Auberge Del mar to benefit children in need.

Meet Santa at Flower Hill Promenade

Dates and Times: December 6 from 1 to 5 pm, December 7 from 10 to 4 pm, December 8 from 10 to 4 pm, December 14 from 9 to 11 am, 12 to 2 pm and 3 to 4 pm, December 15 from 10 to 4 pm

Location: Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

Say hello to the Big Man himself at Flower Hill Promenade.

Holidays at One Paseo

Date: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22

Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Location: One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego, CA 92130

Visit with Santa, whisper your wishes and snap a photo

Tree Lighting at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Time: 5 to 7:30 pm

Location: The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA 92130

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will be hosting its annual tree lighting along with live music, treats and, of course, visits with Santa Claus.

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