Where to Find Santa This Season!

By Lindsey Johnson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and everyone is on the lookout for Santa Claus!  Here’s where to find him so your kids can share their Christmas wishes and snap a keepsake photo!


Oaks Mall Photos with Santa

Santa will be available for pictures again at the Oaks Mall this year! From Friday, November 26th through Friday, December 24th, find Jolly Old St. Nick outside Belk. Reservations are encouraged.

Bonus: On Monday evenings during the season, Santa will take photos with your pets! Pet photos available on Monday, November 29th and Monday, December 6th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pet photos also available on Monday, December 13th and Monday, December 20th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reserve your pet’s spot here!


Brown’s Country Buffet

Enjoy breakfast and a visit with Santa on Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Visit their Facebook page for more details.


Bass Pro Shops

Santa will be making appearances at Bass Pro Shops in Celebration Pointe from Sunday, November 7th through Friday, December 24th. Your visit will include a FREE 4×6 photo with Santa and a FREE digital video greeting card to post on social media. Reservations encouraged.


Kirby Family Farms Christmas Train

Santa will be making a debut at Kirby Family Farms in Williston as part of the Christmas Train experience. Admission also includes a petting zoo, visit with other Holiday Buddies, a Christmas magic show, Secret Elf Shoppe, an antique ferris wheel and much more! Click here for more details.

Haile Light the Village

The Haile Plantation Light the Village event is back and Santa will be there to bring festive joy! The 2021 event takes place on Friday, December 3rd from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Click here to learn more.


City of Alachua Christmas Tree Lighting

Have your picture taken with Santa and receive a free gift, along with enjoying cookies baked by Mrs. Claus! Lots of activities for children and the event is completely FREE for all children! Happening on Friday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Main Street Alachua.


Children’s Holiday Breakfast

Kids deserve their own holiday breakfast! Join the Gainesville’s Woman’s Club on Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy the beautiful Festival of Trees, have your child get a holiday picture, make a craft, and even get a cookie to take home! Click here for tickets.


Williston Winter Wonderland

Enjoy a beautiful winter wonderland in Williston! Featuring an amazing light display and a visit by Santa! This event takes place on Saturday, December 4th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park.


High Springs Lions Club Candyland Christmas

Kids will be able to ride the Santa Express Train and “jingle all the way” through the winter wonderland of lights to Candyland for some hot cocoa and sweets and visit with Santa. This event takes place from Thursday, December 9th through Friday, December 17th in High Springs. For more details, visit the Lions Club Facebook page.

Santa Meet & Greet

Santa is coming to town, and you can meet him at Echo at Gainesville Health and Fitness Center‘s Main Center on December 17th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.! Join us for a family-friendly event to enjoy cookie decorating, holiday lights, food trucks, and more! This event is free and open to the community

Virtual Call with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

To practice social distancing, you can talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus on a video call! Click here to learn more!


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