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.