Can You Meet Santa at Disneyland? Here’s Where to Find Him During the Holidays

by | Nov 28, 2023 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts

Discover where you can meet Santa at Disneyland Resort and share your seasonal wishlist with a one-on-one encounter (and some holiday photos!)

If you’re searching for a bit of seasonal fun beyond all of the exciting holiday decorations, attraction overlays and festival food found at Disneyland Resort during the holidays, we’ve got the perfect activity: meet Santa! During November and December each year, Santa appears to greet guests, snap photos, and chat about Christmas lists. You can meet Santa Claus at various locations throughout Disneyland, giving you the perfect opportunity to share your own holiday wishes with him.

We’ve rounded up all of these locations below so you know exactly where you can meet Santa himself during your next Disneyland visit.

Meet Santa at Disneyland’s Theme Parks

Disneyland Park meet Santa Claus

Photo by Jaysen White

You can meet Santa Claus at both of Disneyland Resort’s theme parks! Each theme park offers a designated meet and greet spot for the main man of the holiday season, and this makes it easy to have a dedicated chat (and photo opportunity) with him while you’re visiting.

At Disneyland Park, you can meet Santa in Critter Country. Head to Pooh’s Thotful Spot over near Pooh Corner, where Santa has taken over Pooh’s normal meet and greet spot and turned it into a holiday destination, complete with Disney PhotoPass photographers.

At Disney California Adventure Park, you can meet Santa in the Grizzly Peak area, inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. With a festive outdoor setup, Santa Claus is sitting in a winter wonderland inspired by the redwood forests of California (and keep an eye out for the Christmas opossum at the entrance – Cast Members will wield this cute creature throughout the season!)

Meet Santa at Disneyland’s Hotels

You can head over to the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to meet Santa, too. These outside-the-parks meet and greet spots don’t require a theme park reservation or a ticket, so they’re a fantastic (and free!) opportunity to snap a seasonal photo with Santa.

At the Disneyland Hotel, you’ll find Santa right inside the lobby of the Fantasy Tower, with a setup that’s photo-ready. This is a more mid-century modern meet and greet setup, with retro vibes that’ll take you back to the first years of the hotel’s history.

Similarly, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, you can meet Santa in the lobby, right in front of the towering, decked-out Christmas tree. For a more classic holiday feel, this is a great spot for both a meet and greet and a photo.

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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