Find Santa! Where to take photos with Santa Claus in Long Beach
2011-11-28 · By Editor
Updated with even more places to take a picture with Santa this weekend!
It only comes once a year — the chance to tell Santa exactly what we want. And some kids prepare diligently for that few sweet moments when they finally get to whisper in Santa’s ear. Seeing their face light up is almost worth standing in line at the mall.
Luckily, this year you won’t have to! We managed to get a peek at Santa’s iPhone and took a quick copy of his calendar. Here are the places that you are sure to find Santa in Long Beach so you can get your traditional Christmas photo. And — not that we’re Santa-stalking — but if you happen to see that Jolly ‘Ol Elf, leave a comment about where you spotted him so we can stop by and say hi too.
Breakfast with Santa at Parker’s Lighthouse
You Know Who is sailing to Parkers’ Lighthouse on Saturday, December 3, 2011 for a very special Breakfast with Santa from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In addition to meeting “Blue,” the official mascot of the Aquarium, all children will receive a voucher for free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific when accompanied by a paying adult. Santa docks at 9:00 a.m.; bring your camera to take a photo with Santa.
Breakfast costs $8.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Please make a reservation by calling (562) 432-6500. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit pediatric patients with cancer and serious blood disorders at Miller Children’s Hospital. Guests are also encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy gift for a child 0-18 years old.
Santa Claus at Rancho Los Cerritos
Visit with Santa Claus, and take part in crafts, free refreshments, storytelling, and live music at the Rancho Los Cerritos Open House on December 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Children can participate in Christmas crafts and activities from the California frontier. Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road. Call (562) 570-1755 or visit rancholoscerritos.org.
Holiday Hoedown with Santa
Kids can share their holiday wishlist with Santa and Mrs Claus at the Rancho Los Cerritos Holiday Hoedown on December 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast followed by a morning of Western music, dancing, holiday activities, games and crafts. Entrance costs $8 for adults and $6 for children. Pony rides and professional photos with Santa cost extra, but guests are welcome to take pictures with thier own camera. Visit the Rancho Alamitos events page for further information.
Visit Santa Claus at the Marketplace
This year, the children of Long Beach won’t have to wonder if their letter reached the North Pole or worry whether their chimney is wide enough. Marketplace Long Beach welcomes Santa on Saturday, December 10 to meet with children, take photos and discuss their wish list in person. Take a Free Photo with Santa at Marketplace Long Beach on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center Court Stage (located behind BevMo). While you’re there, stay awhile to shop and enjoy Holiday caroling from local choirs and performers.
Marketplace Long Beach is located at 6501 E. Pacific Coast Highway. Call (562) 431-6282 or visit www.marketplacelongbeach.com.
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Shoreline Village
For great family fun, head to Shoreline Village to see Santa December 10-11 and December 17-18. Kids can see Santa, make a wish and take part in a kids’holiday crafts area. fter making sure that Santa knows that you’ve been “nice” enjoy the live band on the Off Boardwalk Stage. Go to www.shorelinevillage.com for additional holiday activities in Shoreline Village.
Make Pizza & Visit with Santa
Santa will be at Stefano’s Pizza every Saturday until December 24. Kids and their family can stop by and make their own pizza while visiting with Santa. Stefano’s elves will provide everything you need for a night of fun: hat, apron, dough with sauce and one topping, arts and crafts. You make it, they bake it! Contact the restaurant for more details by calling (562) 437-2880 or visit their website www.stefanoslongbeach.com. Stefano’s Pizza is located at 429 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach.