25 Days of Santa: Ultimate Guide for Santa Photo Opportunities

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So many of us love Santa Claus,… Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Sinnterklaas, Père Noël, Father Christmas, Papai Noel… whichever name your family uses to refer to this white haired old man patron saint famous for giving generous gifts to the poor and for protecting children, his name lives on as a symbol of Christmas. Kindness, generosity, caring for others that are less fortunate than ourselves, … LOVE. I respect others’ ideas and methods of celebrating the winter holidays, but the depiction of Santa is everywhere. Use that to teach our children to be kind to others, not just for Christmas but all year long.

With that said, here is my 25 days of Christmas Santa sightings list (in no particular order). Some free, some with a fee, many need reservations, some are selling out fast, some are festivals, some are just a meet and greet, some are private, some offer times for special needs, and some for pets, but each has a link to its main website of information.

Each of these wonderful Santa’s helpers are doing their part to help keep that magic of Christmas alive. Enjoy the upcoming holidays with your family and friends and remember to treat others as you would want to be treated. 

25 days of Christmas Santa Sightings

1. The Florida Mall

November 17 – December 24

Book online and receive a free phone call from Santa. Private sessions available with Caring Santa for children with special needs 12/4. Pet night on 12/11.

2. Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro

November 5 through December 24, 2021

Enjoy a FREE 4×6 studio quality print photo with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts and games. Make your reservation online and in advance. Click here to select your preferred time and date. 

3. Santa Tuesdays at Cranes Roost 

December 6, 13, & 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs 

FREE visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus under the Plaza Tower.

4. Wall Crawl Orlando

Select days in November & December

$30 adults, $20 kids for a one-hour semi-private experience with Santa. Take all the photos you want with optional upgrades for professional photographers. Explore a wonderland of 10 holiday backdrops and 20+ backdrops overall. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

5. Mall at Millenia Santa Experience

November 12 through December 24

Must make a reservation in advance and online. Read all the rules before you go. For a $10 donation to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, you can meet Santa and take photos (max 3) using your own device. Or you can choose a professional package starting at $24.95.

6. Wekiva Island’s Winter Wonderland

Select nights in December 2 – 23

1014 Miami Springs Drive

Longwood, FL 32779

This is the seventh year for Winter Wonderland, which delights guests with nightly “snow” flurries, hundreds of glittering lights, the dazzling Christmas tree forest, regular visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a hefty dose of special holiday events. The fun kicks off with Santa and Mrs. Claus lighting the giant tree in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on December 2nd.

Breakfast buffet with Santa 

December 10,  9:00 a.m. to noon 

Breakfast buffet along the Wekiva River.

$17.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 10 and under.

Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 23

The head elf himself will make an appearance at Wekiva Island, plus a special visit from The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and the Whoville Elves is on December 18, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

7. Stories with Mrs. Claus

December 7, 14 and 21, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Kids can enjoy a cookie and a cup of hot cocoa while Mrs. Claus reads some beloved Christmas stories. $12 per child.

8. Disney Springs

From November 11 through December 24, 2022

A virtual queue will be in place to meet Santa Claus at Once Upon A Toy. There will be multiple opportunities to enter the virtual queue throughout the day at:

9:00 AM, Noon, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM

Important Information Guests must be at Disney Springs in order to enter the virtual queue.

9. Icon Park’s Santa Workshop Experience

November 4 – Christmas

• Free covered parking

• Free valet parking after 4pm

• Free Wheel ride in private holiday capsule

• 50% off admission to The Wheel for additional riders

• Unlimited cell phone and video use with your advance reservation

• Free train ride to Santa’s Workshop Experience on Santa’s North Pole Express

• Holiday beverages and treat offerings

• Restaurants and shops

10. Santa Fly-In

405 Bagshaw Way

December 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Edgewood, FL 32809

Santa Claus arrives by helicopter every year to the City with his personal pilot, Reindeer Dan! 

11. Now Snowing

November 26 – December 31

Celebration Town Center, 610 Sycamore St, Celebration, Fl 34747

Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, train rides, ice skating, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday. Check here for times at the Santa House. Packages starting at $24.95.

12. Santa’s Cottage

December 8 – 24

Peppermint Square (Lake Nona Town Center)

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for story time, a sing-along experience, and take a holiday photo with them. Reservations required for the 30 minute show.

Ticket admission is $20.00 per adult and includes admission for one child.

13. Seaworld Santa

November 11 – December 31

Photos with Santa is located at the Waterfront daily when the park opens. Dinner with Santa is also Available. Check thewebsite for daily times for meet and greets and other holiday activities and shows.

14. Santa’s Enchanted Workshop

15757 State Road 535 Orlando, FL 32821(321) 775-4001

1-hour sessions are limited. Children will receive a parchment with Santa’s wax seal inviting them to his workshop. They will enjoy milk and cookies and learn about the North Pole, help in his workshop, read a book and enjoy other sweet moments with our beautiful Saint Nick. Each of our Santa portraits are unique hand finished pieces of art that will certainly exceed your expectations. Photos are a must see.

15. Sunday with Santa

December 18, 11:00-2:00

249 W SR 436 Altamonte Springs, FL

Enjoy arts & crafts, light bites, juice box & family friendly music. Special VIP tickets include a Meet & Greet with Princess Tiana! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to A Heart To Give. Tickets start at $20.

16. Holidays at Legoland

November 25 – December 31, Saturdays and Sundays only

Meet LEGO minifig Santa and other holiday characters as well as enjoy holiday foods, holiday themed brick builds, shows, and fireworks.

17. Oviedo Mall Santa

November 25 – December 24

Reservations required. Sensory friendly on December 4th. Pet photos on select dates. See website for further info. 

18. Mistletoe Market

Downtown Main St, Bartow, FL 33830

December 10, 10:00-4:00

There will be holiday gifts, crafts, jewelry, candles, Santa, music, food, and much more. Follow this wonderful Santa’s helper on Facebook.

19. Meet and Greet Santa and Mrs. Clause

December 20, 4:00-7:00 pm

Avalon Park POA

13401 Tanja King Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828

Please join us for a fun night of photos, children’s crafts, holiday snacks and music with Santa and his wife (that’s me). Guests can also vote for their favorite Gingerbread House that has been submitted by local residents.

20. Breakfast with Santa

December 10 at 9:00am

120 E. Pine St., Orlando

Fun-filled morning with breakfast, cookie decorating, ornament making, coloring and photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is a free event but we ask everyone to register.

21. Holiday Sale & Life Day Celebration w/Santa Deadpool!

December 10, 2022 at 11 am – 11:55 pm

5421 International Dr., Orlando

Celebrate the Holidays with a SALE, Santa Deadpool Photo Ops & Life Day Party! FREE EVENT! From 11am-Midnight, get 10% OFF* STOREWIDE with mention! Get your picture taken with Santa Deadpool from 1pm-5pm! No charge for our photo ops! See event page for more fun details.

22. Winterfest 2022

December 3, 2022 at 10 am – 5 pm

Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Free Fun All Day!! Santa will be there from 10-2 for pictures, snow will be falling until noon. Food trucks, craft vendors and a beer tent. Live music throughout the day. Christmas Parade at 2pm. A day long family friendly event.

23. Annual Tree Lighting

Downtown Clermont 

December 2, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. 

Join us downtown for our annual tree lighting at City Hall Park and Downtown Clermont! There will be live music, food trucks, DJ, music, carolers, photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

24. Orlando Museum of Art 

2416 North Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32803

November 19, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM 

Join Santa for a hot breakfast filled with fun activities at the Orlando Museum of Art! A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 36th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day. Breakfast with Santa will feature: Hot breakfast served to everyone , Face-painters, Crafts, Balloon Artists, Games, Treats, Full access to Festival of Trees. 

Parking available for $7 per car daily. Tickets start at $35.

25. Winter Wonderland Formal Gala

November 27, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets start at $20

*Meet & Greet The Reigning Miss National Beauty Titleholders!

*Free Photos with Santa!

**Participate in Gift Basket Raffles- Proceeds collected will go to the “Make a Wish” foundation.

*There will be Food, Live entertainment and more!

*Please bring a toy for our toy drive 

Additional mall locations not listed here can be searched with this helpful link for your reservations.

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