Photos Ops with Santa Claus in Marin and Beyond

November 14, 2017

Santa Claus photos MarinPhoto Courtesy Town Center Corte Madera

It goes without saying that every Holiday season Santa Claus is an extremely popular guy. He and his small army of little helpers will be making the rounds for photos and other holiday fun at various shopping centers and other locations in Marin County and beyond. (And of course you'll need to tell him what you want for Christmas, too!)

Here's our 2017 guide to photo ops with Santa and more. We make every effort to assure that all listings and hours are as accurate as possible, but occasionally Santa has to take a break to feed the reindeer or tidy up his beard, so make sure to stay on his "nice" list and call or check the venue's website before visiting.

Photos with Santa

  • Santa Photos
    Town Center Corte Madera
    November 14–December 24

    Shopping during the holidays at Town Center Corte Madera is always a festive occasion for the entire family, with a chance to have a free photo for the kids with Santa Claus, have your gifts wrapped for free by volunteers from Hospice by the Bay, and enjoy some live music to provide the holiday spirit. Schedule and more info.
  • Santa Photos
    Northgate Mall in San Rafael
    November 17–December 24

    Northgate in San Rafael invites children to visit Santa and have their picture taken with Santa Claus at his winter wonderland house in the Macy's wing. Individual photos and packages are available. Schedule and more info.
  • Santa Photos
    Village at Corte Madera

    November 22–December 24
    Santa will be available for photos and visits his location near Bare Minerals beginning November 22. Closed Thanksgiving. Schedule and more info.
  • Photos with Santa
    West End Nursery, San Rafael
    Saturday, December 2, 1–3 pm

    Santa will be on hand for photos at the famous West End Nursery Christmas House in San Rafael. Please bring a toy for San Rafael Santa Cop and get free pictures with Santa. Event details.
  • Selfies with Santa
    Tiburon Festival of Lights
    Saturday, December 2, 2–5:30 pm

    Capture the magic of the holidays with photo of your loved ones while they visit Santa in a winter wonderland. Please bring your own camera. Location: 46 Main Street, Tiburon. Event details.
  • Santa at Nick's Cove + Toy Drive For Local Fire Victims
    Marshall
    December 3, 3–5 pm

    Santa Claus is visiting Tomales Bay! Arriving by way of his trusty “water sleigh,” and replete with treats and holiday wishes, Santa will pull up to the dock at the Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages for his seventh annual visit on Sunday, December 3rd. Children and their families will have a chance to visit and take complimentary photos with Santa in the Boat Shack from 3 – 5 pm, which is decorated for the holiday season. Event details.
  • Winterfest!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, December 8, 5–7 pm

    Bring the family for festive family fun. Actitivies include: photos with Santa, arts and crafts, face-painting, bounce house, delcious holiday treats, live music and more... Food available to purchase. Tickets: $12 in advance or at the door for kids 2–12, free for adults. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Sensitive Santa Event
    All Children Academics, San Rafael
    Saturday, December 9, 9 am–4 pm

    All Children Academics in San Rafael will be hosting a Sensitive Santa event for children with special needs. This event is being put on by Professionals Emporing Parents (PEP) and Arnold Advocacy. The typical visit to Santa can be extremely overwhelming and a less than positive experience for the child with special needs. Long lines, loud noises, and crowds often lead to overstimulation and stress. ‘Sensitive Santa’ is an opportunity for children to meet Santa in a calmer, more relaxed environment. Free, but registration required. Location: All Children Academics, 1665 Grand Avenue, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Sausalito Winterfest
    Sausalito Yacht Harbor Parking Lot
    Saturday, December 9, 10 am–2 pm

    Photo op with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves. Free. Make sure to bring your camera. Free but please RSVP. Event details.
  • Meet Santa Event
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    December 16 & 17, 9 am–noon & 1–4:30 pm

    Meet Santa in the afternoon (1–4:30 pm), included with general admission or free for members.  Get your tickets for an exclusive Snacks with Santa event (9 am–noon)! Discounted tickets are available for members. Limited spots available. Event details.
  • Santa Fly-In
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, December 16, 10 am– 2pm
    During Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies in to the Pacific Coast Air Museum on a helicopter to greet all the kids and listen to their Christmas wishes. Stick around for more fun and the chance to look inside some vintage aircraft. Free museum admission for this event! Location: One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. Event details.