Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald
Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald

9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in La Jolla This Year

From Photos With Santa to Shopping Small, Westfield UTC Has It All!

‘Tis the season for some holiday shopping! Regardless of who’s on your list this year, hunting and gathering is hard work. Thankfully, La Jolla’s Westfield UTC has packed every inch of its gorgeous grounds with holiday events to make even the season’s errands merry and bright. Plan a day out with the family and snap some photos with Santa or shop small and save big with Westfield’s variety of deals and rewards! The merrymaking starts now—don’t miss out! Westfield UTC Holiday Events


Photos With Santa

Dates: Nov. 18-Dec. 24

We would ask what a “picture perfect” Christmas looks like for you, but we already know the answer: photos with Santa is a classic, time-honored activity and something the kiddos won’t want to miss. This year, the big man in red will be taking gift requests near Macy’s and the children’s play space. Reservations are encouraged!

Westfield UTC Holiday Events

Letters to Santa

Dates: Nov. 18-Dec. 24

Signed, sealed and delivered—get those letters to Santa out ASAP! Pick up a letter template at Photos with Santa, print one out at home or grab one from the Westfield UTC concierge. After the kiddos scribble out their wildest holiday wishes, drop off the letters at the big red mailbox at the Concierge Cabana in Palm Plaza. 


Find the Westfield Elf

Dates: Dec. 1-12

The elves are at it again, skipping work for our enjoyment. Join the hunt to find Jingle the Elf’s daily hiding spot! Check the @WestfieldUTC Instagram for hiding-spot hints. Once you’ve found him, post an Instagram story of Jingle in his hiding spot and tag @WestfieldUTC. The first 25 people each day to show their post to the concierge will win a prize!

Westfield UTC Holiday Events

Westfield Rewards Holiday Gift With Purchase

Dates: Dec. 1-15

The only thing better than something for free is something for free around the holidays. Make your season even more joyful by earning as you spend! Westfield Rewards members who spend $500 between Dec. 1-15 will automatically get $25 back! Get rewarded for getting all of your shopping done before the holiday rush—it’s an incentivized Christmas miracle!


Winter Nights

Dates: Dec. 3 & 4 and 10 & 11, 5-8 p.m.

The magic of the holidays comes to life at Westfield UTC’s Winter Nights! Find characters living in life-sized snowglobes, twinkling Christmas lights and stunning snowfall as you stroll through the center’s storybook-like setup. Palm Plaza’s main stage will be buzzing with live entertainment while each family finds their own main event—think storybook reading and sing-alongs!

Westfield UTC Holiday Events

Pet Photos With Santa

Dates: Dec. 6 & 13, 4-8 p.m.

They’re the closest thing you’ve got to reindeer, so it’s about time you get them in on the holiday fun. Santa will be greeting your furry friends with open arms and a special holiday treat to get their pose as puurrrfect as pawsible. Tell your pet to bring their A-game; you never know when the big guy might have a spot open on his sleigh. Reservations for this event are encouraged.

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Merrymaking Throughout the Season

Westfield UTC is making things merry and bright so you can focus on making memories. Find festive decor lining the center all season long to not only provide the best shopping experience possible, but to provide plenty of photo ops! Tag @WestfieldUTC on Instagram in your holiday snapshots, and keep an eye out for surprise moments!

Westfield UTC Holiday Events

Westfield UTC Gift Cards

Sometimes all your secret Santa recipient really wants is the freedom to choose. Purchase any gift card through Dec. 31 and get the chance to support Rady Children’s Hospital! Gift cards can be purchased at the Concierge Cabana at Palm Plaza and can be used anywhere in the US where American Express is accepted. A gift of another gift? Yes, please!


Holiday Gift Wrap

Got all your presents? That’s a wrap! On second thought, you can’t forget the ribbons and bows. Finish the season’s to-dos at the Holiday Hub gift wrap station located across from Zara. Holiday elves from Rady Children’s Hospital will be there to perfectly conceal everyone’s surprises in seasonal colors and perfect creases. All proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital! View the gift-wrapping schedule here.

Westfield UTC Holiday Events

Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Dr, Ste E25
San Diego, CA 92122

About the author

Jaclyn is a sunshine chasing San Diego native with an extensive writing background. When she isn’t word-smithing, you can find her playing beach volleyball, skating the boardwalk, or on a rooftop enjoying a drink in the sunshine with her pals.


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