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Santa to Visit Alameda Homes in Person and Online

When the Big Guy is busy, his Elves deliver treats

Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Santa, Rudolph, and his Elves are coming to Alameda again this year to make special visits to your family, thanks to a special arrangement with Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD). Santa can make a 10-minute in-person visit to your your Alameda home on December 16-17, or he can visit you via Zoom on December 21 while his Elves deliver treats to your Alameda home in person.

Alameda Post - Santa visits a family and sits in a backyard patio and poses for a picture with two children, one in a frilly pink dress and the other in a striped sweater. An elf looks on.
Santa surprises Xuan and Vyla as Elf Heather (Demarest) looks on with a carton of candy canes. Photo Ken Der.

In person visits

Alameda Post - a sign that says "Santa Visits Alameda Homes. ARPD Programs follow all state and county health protocols."

Your child will be able to share holiday wishes with Santa and each child will receive a candy cane. You may also provide a gift for Santa to personally deliver to your child/children (email ARPD Staff at [email protected] for more details). Please keep in mind that if you have a large group or party, Santa may not have time to speak with every child.

Due to COVID protocols, Santa will not enter your home, but he will visit with your family on your front porch, back patio, or open garage, depending on the weather. Families may take their own socially-distanced photographs with Santa.



The fee is $45 for one 10-minute visit per family. There is a $15 administrative fee for any changes, and no refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations.

Virtual visits (with in-person Elf gift delivery)

Alameda Post - an ad that says "2023 Santa's Virtual Visits."

Santa decided to give us more options this holiday season, so he plans to spread some holiday cheer through Zoom. Meanwhile, his Elves will be busy dropping off treats to your Alameda home on the night of your visit.

The fee is $28 for one 10-minute video call and Elf-delivered treats to your home. There is a $15 administrative fee for any changes, and no refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations.

How to register

These visits are extremely limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

To secure an in-person or virtual visit with Santa, register online as soon as possible. Registration begins this coming Monday, November 6, at 9 a.m.—and spaces fill up really quickly. Visits are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. If Santa is not available at your preferred date and time, you will be contacted to select an alternate date and time.

For more information, visit the ARPD Santa Visits web page.

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