By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Santa’s Wonderland Returns To Manteca Bass Pro
It took a deal for Manteca to land the Bass Pro Shops. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The elaborate undertaking featuring free photos with Santa is now on at Bass Pro at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, 120 Bypass and Union Road, through Christmas Eve.

Santa’s Wonderland also includes festive Christmas villages and free family activities with crafts, games and holiday magic for the entire family. Set amongst rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves, the Christmas village offers families various free crafts and activities such as a Lincoln Logs building area, laser and foam toy arcade, new gaming station, remote control trucks and free crafts and wish list letter writing stations. Activities vary by location.

Since its inception 10 years ago, Bass Pro Shops has delivered more than 900,000 letters from Santa to children across the U.S. and Canada.

The highlight of Santa’s Wonderland is the free 4x6 studio-quality photo and a visit with the big guy himself. Upon arriving at the store, guests can visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot to secure a Bass Pass. The free Bass Pass is required and provides a time slot to see Santa, allowing customers to explore Santa’s Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. Free Bass Pass reservations are available in-store on a first-come, first-served basis.

Weeknights offer the best times to see Santa and explore Santa’s Wonderland, with free plush giveaways for families Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free craft activities will be offered to customers each night during Santa’s Wonderland.

Bass Pro Shops locations are designated toy drop-off stations for children in need. All donated toys will be delivered to Toys for Tots in the U.S.

Families that bring a new toy to donate Nov. 24 or 25 receive a free photo package valued at $20.

Activities, games, crafts and displays vary by time and location. For a complete list of activities and times, visit or and select a store location.