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Education Office
(858) 756- 4117 ext. 318

Education Manager
Heather Disher
(858) 756-4117 ext. 317


Pictures with Santa & Christmas Activities in San Diego

Join the Helen Woodward Animal Center for a flurry of friends and lots of fun! Frosty Farm is a great opportunity to take pictures with Santa and his Miniature Horse “Reindeer.” Family fun activities also include faux snow, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, hot chocolate station, photo booth, and animal encounters including alpacas, rabbits, doves, sheep, “polar” dogs, and chickens.

Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm
Weekends December 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21

Register your family here.
NOTE: you will need to reserve a time for your child/children to meet Santa (please only reserve a time slot for the children in your group)  


Santa Claus is so-ho-ho-ho excited to make his annual stop at Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm! This one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza is great for families of all beliefs and provides a day of fun activities for children and adults. Take a photo with smiling Santa and his miniature horse “reindeer,” dance in falling faux snow, decorate delicious cookies, warm your tummy with some hot chocolate, have a sparkly snowflake painted on your cheek, take silly pictures in our photo booth, get cozy with a “polar” dog, and meet different animal ambassadors, all while enjoying holiday treats and spending quality time with your family.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other winter holiday, your family will enjoy creating a new tradition while experiencing these fun seasonal activities for kids:

  • Season’s Greetings with Wintery Animals (see schedule below for encounter times)
  • Festive Face Painting
  • Play with ‘Faux’ Snow
  • Decorate festive cookies
  • Meet Santa
  • Scheduled photo op with Santa and his Miniature Horse “Reindeer” (remember to bring your camera and register your children for their Santa time frame)
  • Holiday Crafts
  • Hot Chocolate Station
  • Holiday Photo Booth (bring your camera!)

Take a look at our Frosty Friends Animal Encounter Schedule to ensure you don’t miss your family’s favorite animals! Pictures are welcome during this unique hands-on learning experience.

Frosty Friends Animal Encounter Schedule

9:30-9:50 Alpacas
10:00-10:20 Rabbit
10:30-10:50 Dove
11:00- 11:20 Alpaca
11:30-11:50 Rabbit
12:00-12:20 Dove
12:30-12:50 Alpaca
1:00-1:20 Rabbit
1:30-1:50 Dove

San Diego’s best holiday event will only be offered 9:00am- 2:00pm on the following weekends:

Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 7
Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14
Saturday, December 20- Sunday, December 21

Spread the holiday cheer with your family at Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm for only $20 per child and $9 per adult!

ATTENTION: Due to last year’s increase in number of kids on the “nice list,” we are requiring that only children be pre-registered for a time slot to meet Santa. In doing so, your family will have minimal wait time for Santa and will be able to fully enjoy all of Frosty Farm’s activities. – Only children need a reserved Santa time.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind winter holiday event in San Diego for kids!

For more information on Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm, contact Santa’s Workshop (a.k.a the Education Department) at or (858) 756-4117 ext. 318.