Santa Claus is coming to town

Bay Area, until December 24

Where would you like to meet Santa this year?

At his house, at your table, on his sleigh, at the zoo with his real reindeers, aboard a train or on a ship?


> Go classic with Santa on his sleigh

Get professional pictures or take your own ones.

Santa's wonderland, Berkeley on Fourth Street

December 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th, 2011 


More information here


> Go cosy with Santa in his house

Follow eight year old girl Virginia and meet Santa at Macy's.

Believe Station and Holiday Lane, Macy's Union Square , 6th floor – O'Farrell st, San Francisco

November 9th -  December 24th 2011


More information here


> Go fast with Santa aboard the Santa Claus Express

Forget the wine, it's all about kids and Holiday Season! Try the Napa Valley train for an hour and a half ride from the City of Napa to Yountville and back. Santa, carols, food... Enjoy!

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa

December 12th – 14th  from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

December 17th – 24th  from 8:00 am to 10:30 am

Price: from $30 per adult, plus $10.50 for a prix fixe menu 

More information, call +1.800.427.4124 or click here 


> Go on with Santa on a ship 

Bored with sleighs? What about meeting Santa on a ship instead? Would you like to know what it feels like celebrating Christmas on a ship back in 1901? 

Christmas At Sea : Annual Old Time Maritime Christmas

Saturday, december 10th, 2011, 

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm : music, refreshments, ornament making, visit from Santa

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : lamplit guided tours every 20 minutes

Close at 9:00 pm

San Francisco Maritime, Hyde street Pier, San Francisco

FREE, reservation required : call 415-447-5000

More information here


> Go yummy with Santa at your table

Here's our selection of opportunities to share your meal with Santa.


4th Annual Santa & Friends brunch at the San Francisco Zoo: 

Enjoy a brunch with Santa, let your kids make ornaments and ginger bread cookies, and listen to stories with the Elf...

 December 10th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

SF zoo, Great Hall

Price including zoo admission :

Members : adults $22, children (2-12) $17

Non members : adults $25, children (2-12) $20

Register online here, limited capacity


Palace Hotel Dining:

Feel like a star in this landmark historic hotel, in which was shot the finale of the David Fincher film The Game, with Michael Douglas. As a bonus, go back home with a picture of yoursel (or your kids) with  Santa.

December 3rd, 6th, 10th,13th, 17th and 20th 2011

$45 / person

For more information, click here


> Go wild with Santa at the Zoo

Holly, Velvet, Peppermint and Belle have returned to the San Francisco zoo!

If your kids want to meet Santa and Rudolf's friends, take them to the zoo as the four reindeers are back through New Year's eve!

November 19th – January 1st    2011

Everyday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For admission fees and hours, click here 

You can also support the zoo and adopt a reindeer for $50!

A nice way to support the zoo and adopt an animal without the hassle of walking the animal every day. 

And why not skate at the zoo rink? Click here to read the article.


> Go crazy with hundreds of Santas at a time

Let your kids at home, as a horde of crazy Santas will invade San Francisco for SantArchy and SantaCon.

All the Santas will wear only hats and boots as they join a guiness world record attempt for largest gathering of naked Santas...

Washington Square Park, San Francisco,

December 10th 2011 at 3 pm. 

More information here