California Travel Tips

Santa Drops in Bringing Holiday Cheer

Published on: November 13, 2017


When I grew up there was only one Santa and you’d be lucky if you ever saw him. Of course I didn’t grow up in California. I grew up in a small town (poulation 5,000) in the Midwest and times were different then.  But this is 21st Century California — boasting a population close to 40 million and there’s so much of everything — including thousands of Santas.

Santa Drops In

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Santa arrives by parachute at Huntington City Beach around Noon Nov.18, 2017.

OAKDALE: Santa comes to The Cowboy Capital of the World, Oakdale, on a horse Nov.25!

SAN DIEGO: Surfing Santa arrives at Seaport Village to meet kids and take pictures with his surfboard Nov.25.

CAPITOLA BY THE SEA: Surfing Santa arrives on Capitola’s Main Beach with the help of Kayaker Elves Nov.25.

PETALUMA: Riverboat Santa arrives in Petaluma Nov.25. It’s quite a show!

You better watch out…Santa is everywhere you look. In the spirit of Christmas, there’s a code of ethics for Santa behavior, especially at Santa Pub Crawls and SantaCons.

Since there are so many Santas running around, there are a few bad apples from time to time. At a San Francisco Santa Con several years ago a few bad Santas actually were caught stealing.  The overwhelming majority of Santas are dressed for goodwill.

There’s even a Caring Santa at many Simon malls ( in California. This Santa meets unique children with special needs in an environment that assists in helping them have a positive experience free from many distractions.

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