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The Christmas season brings shoppers to malls with hopes of finding the latest toys, clothes, bikes and video games to place under the Christmas tree. The exchange of gifts between family and friends is most memorable on Christmas Day. Parents and kids alike look forward to the holiday excitement and taking that memorable photo with Santa. Find Santa and his elves in the Sacramento area at the places on this list.

Arden Mall
1689 Arden Way #1167
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 920-1167

Look in the camera and say, cheese! Visit Arden Mall and receive great deals on Santa photos. Take the family prancing to the mall and meet Dasher, Comet, Blitzen, Rudolph and Santa at the winter wonderland house. Shop early to get all of the deals offered.

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Penryn Oak Stables
2460 Del Mar Ave.
Penryn, CA 95663
(916) 825-5768

Plan an adventurous journey to Penryn Oak Stables to pay Santa a visit. The family will enjoy Christmas games, rides, pony rides, an animal petting zoo and “Santa’s lil Choo Choo.” Visit Mr. and Mr. Claus’ quarters and cuddle and sit around the fire while enjoying Santa’s favorite of hot chocolate and chocolate chips cookies. This cozy spot is photo ready for the kids to take a picture with Santa while giving him their Christmas list. You and the kids will cherish every moment at the Penryn Oak Stables quarters.

Breakfast With Santa
West Sacramento Community Center
1075 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-7042
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Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a grand entrance at the West Sacramento Community Center on December 12. Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for breakfast. Enjoy Christmas activities which include sending a Christmas list to the North Pole. Register early so Santa won’t be waiting on you, but instead you’ll be waiting to take that infamous Christmas photo with him. Pre-register to avoid paying a higher fee at the door.

Nevada City Victorian Christmas
132 Main St.
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-2692
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For winter vacationers who like a white Christmas, head to Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas, just an hour drive from Sacramento. See the authentic Victorian town filled with Christmas lights, decorations, food, shows, vendors and many attractions for the family. This experience will be like living the Christmas dream as you enjoy the carolers sing and bring good tiding and cheer.

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Stephanie Reed, a freelance writer in the Sacramento area, covers family and parenting issues for Examiner.com. She works and volunteers for local agencies and organizations promoting healthy family living. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.