Pictures with Santa & Christmas Activities in San Diego

Join us at Helen Woodward Animal Center for some Frosty Farm fun! Frosty Farm attendees get to take pictures with Santa and his “polar dog”; each child will receive a special toy to cherish from Santa himself! Guests can participate in cookie decorating, face painting, faux snow, crafts, a hot chocolate station, animal encounters including alpacas, chinchillas, doves, sheep, chickens and Blitzen, the Miniature Horse “Reindeer”! Also, for the first time in Frosty Farm history we will have live music AND a caricature artist!

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Frosty Farm
Weekends, December 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20

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

Frosty Farm is a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration that is great for families of all backgrounds, beliefs, and family members of all ages. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other winter holiday, your whole family can enjoy the following activities:

  • Meet and take a picture with Santa Claus and his “polar” dog (remember to bring your camera and register your children for their time with Santa)
  •  Get a perfectly plush toy from Santa
  • Season’s Greetings with Wintery Animals (see schedule below for encounter times)
  • Decorate delicious cookies
  • Enjoy yummy hot chocolate
  • Listen to LIVE music
  • Get your face painted
  • Get a caricature portrait done
  • Take photos in front of a festive backdrop (bring your camera!)
  • Frolic in faux snow
  • Create holiday crafts
  • Play games

Take a look at our animal encounter schedule to make sure that you get to see your favorite animals! You can take pictures during this hands-on-learning experience.

Frosty Friends Animal Encounter Schedule
9:00-9:20 Alpacas
9:30-9:50 Chinchilla
10:00-10:20 Miniature Horse “Reindeer”
10:30-10:50 Dove
11:00- 11:20 Alpacas
11:30-11:50 Chinchilla
12:00-12:20 Miniature Horse “Reindeer”
12:30-12:50 Dove

San Diego’s best holiday event will only be offered 9:00-1:00pm on the following weekends:

Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6
Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13
Saturday, December 19- Sunday, December 20

Make a new holiday tradition with your family at Frosty Farm for only $23 per child and $12 per adult!

ATTENTION: Due to an increase in number of kids on the “nice list,” we are requiring children only to pre-register for a time frame 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.

Make your reservations soon so that you don’t miss out on this Christmas event in San Diego!

For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Frosty Farm, contact Santa’s helpers in the Education Department at or (858) 756-4117 ext. 318