Photos and Breakfast with Santa Claus in Marin and Beyond

November 23, 2016

Santa Claus photos Marin

Photo 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, breakfasts, 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 2016 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. Santa's elves are still finalizing his holiday schedule, so check back here for updates throughout the season.

Photos with Santa

  • Santa Photos
    Town Center Corte Madera
    November 25–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: Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 25–November 27, 11 am–4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, December 3–4, 11 am–4 pm, and daily December 10–11, 11 am–4 pm and December 17–24, 11 am–4 pm. 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. Through December 15, Santa will be on hand Monday–Thursday from 3–7 pm, Friday–Saturday from10 am–9 pm (breaks 1-1:45pm & 3:45-4:30pm), and Sunday from 11 am–7 pm (break 2-3pm). December 16 - 23 Santa will be on hand daily from 10am - 9pm (Breaks 1-1:45pm & 3:45-4:30pm). Last-minute visits can be had on Christmas Eve (December 24) from 10 am–5 pm (break: 1-1:45pm). Closed Thanksgiving. More info:
  • Photos with Santa
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    November 19–December 24

    Santa is coming to PIER 39. Stop by the Bay Theater on Level 2 to take a photo with Santa on November 19–20, 25–27 and December 3, 4, 10, 11, and 17–24 from noon to 6 pm. Photo packages start at $27. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Photos
    Village at Corte Madera

    November 23–December 24
    Santa will be available for photos and visits at Santa's station near Macy's and Talbots, beginning November 23. Hours: Daily from 11 am–5 pm (break: 2 - 2:30pm), December 12–23, 10 am–6 pm (break: 2:00 - 3:00pm) and December 24, 9 am–6 pm (break: 1-1:45pm). Closed Thanksgiving. More info:
  • Visit Santa!
    Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart
    Saturday, December 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 am–2 pm

    Come say hello to your favorite Jolly Old Elf at Diesel bookstore the first three Saturdays in December. Enjoy complimentary photos with Santa and browse the shelves for some of your favorite holiday classics to read by Diesel's crackling fire. More info:
  • Photos with Santa
    Tiburon Holiday Festival
    Saturday, December 3, 2:30–6 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Winterfest!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, Decemeber 9, 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: $10 in advance $15 at the door for kids 2–12, free for adults. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Holiday Bake Sale & Photos with Santa
    Saturday, December 10, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring the whole family to Pixie Park’s annual holiday bake sale and photos with Santa. Fun festivities include: face painting 10:30 am–1:30 pm, photos with Santa 10:30 am–1:30 pm, children’s cookie decorating 10:30 am–1:30 pm, beautifully wrapped baked goods and gingerbread houses for sale. All proceeds benefit Pixie Park. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sensitive Santa Event
    San Rafael
    Saturday, December 10, 9 am–4 pm

    On December 10th, 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 Matrix Parent Network, Professionals Empowering 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. Cost: $20 per family. Register here. Location: Will take place at All Children Academics, 1665 Grand Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Winterfest
    Sausalito Yacht Harbor Parking Lot
    Saturday, December 10, 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 For more info, visit their website.
  • Photos with Santa
    West End Nursery, San Rafael
    Saturday, December 10, 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Fly-In
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, December 17, 10 am– 2pm
    The jolly old man in red will be visiting PCAM on Saturday, December 17. He will be flying to our air museum in a shiny turbo-powered "sleigh" -- a helicopter from Helico Sonoma! There will be treats for the kids, a chance to sit on Santa's lap, and fun for the entire family. There will be jumpees for the kids, hot food and drinks, and other activities. Free. Location: One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. More information.

Breakfast with Santa

  • Breakfast With Santa At The Cheesecake Factory
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, December 3, 9–10 am

    Come have breakfast with Santa for a good cause! Entertainment by Tim Cain and Brie the Juggling Elf. Bring an unwrapped toy for a child under 15 years of age or a cash donation in support of the Central Marin Police Department Toy Drive. Breakfast is $10 per person. Seats are limited. For more info and to RSVP, visit their website
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Margaret Todd Center, Novato
    Sunday, December 4, 9–noon

    Join Santa for a festive breakfast for the entire family and photo opportunites with Santa. Cost: $10 ages 6 to adult, free for kids 5 and under. Location: 1560 Hill Road, Novato. For more info, call (415) 899-8290 or visit their website.
  • Pancakes at the North Pole
    Corte Madera Parks & Recreation
    Saturday, December 10, 8–10 am

    Santa and his friends are waiting for you! The elves at the Corte Madera Community Center have been hard at work preparing a very special pancake breakfast for you and your family. Santa Claus is very excited to see all his favorite families and take pictures! As many of us know, it can get a little chilly at the North Pole. Frosty the Snowman will be taking donations for the Kids Club Warm Coat and Toasty Toes Drive during the breakfast as well. Cost: $9 per person. For more info, call (415) 927-5072 or visit their website.
  • Breakfast With Santa
    Belvedere Community Center
    Saturday, December 10, 9–10:30 am

    Join Santa for breakfast, music, crafts, and a photo opportunity (bring your own camera). Make reservations by calling (415) 435-4355; space is limited. Cost: $20 per person, free for 2 and under. The Belvedere Community Center is located at 450 San Rafael Avenue in Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Ross Valley Fire Station
    Saturday, December 10, 8 & 10 am

    Bring the family to the annual Breakfast with Santa event at Ross Valley Fire Station #19. Breakfast with Santa is a fun family event and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. For more info, call (415) 258-4640 or visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Santa 
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, December 10, 10 & 11:30 am
    Bring the family to have breakfast with Santa at the Tam Valley Winter Magic Event. Then maake crafts and play in some real snow! RSVP early because this event sells out. Don't forget to bring a camera for this wonderful photo opportunity. Cost: $15 per person, includes breakfast, crafts, jumpee, and snow. Register by calling (415) 388-6393. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa's Brunch
    Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma
    Sunday, December 11, 10 am & 12:30 pm

    Bring your family to celebrate the season in style at Ramekins' annual Santa's Brunch. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch, cookie decorating, and photos with Santa. Adults $65, kids $25, 5 and under free. More info and reservations: (707) 721-8835 or visit their website.