Santa's Riverboat Arrival
When Santa comes to Petaluma, he leaves his sleigh at home. Instead, he and Mrs. Claus sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat and docking at River Plaza Shopping Center on E. Washington to the cheers of hundreds of excited children.
The festivities for Santa’s Riverboat Arrival start at 11:30 a.m. with the Pacific Empire Chorus and Petaluma Pete entertaining families with holiday tunes while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. After their tugboat docks, the Christmas couple are welcomed by costumed dancers from the Petaluma School of Ballet's "Nutcracker." Then Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way across the shopping center parking lot where they are available for family photos until 1:30 p.m. in their special tent. Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list!