Where to See Santa This Season!

By Lindsey Johnson
Kids visiting Santa

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!

But wait! Before you go, print out our letter to Santa template to help your little ones tell Santa want they want for Christmas!

Bass Pro Shops

Santa will be making appearances at Bass Pro Shops in Celebration Pointe through Friday, December 24th. Your visit will include a free 4×6 photo with Santa. Reservations encouraged.

Brown’s Country Buffet

Enjoy breakfast and a visit with Santa on Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. See their Facebook post for more details.

Christmas at Butler

Saturday, December 9 is Butler’s annual Christmas event! From 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., you can enjoy entertainment, prizes, local food vendors and photos with Santa! This event is free. Read more here.

City of Alachua Christmas Tree Lighting

Have your picture taken with Santa and receive a free gift along with hot chocolate and popcorn! Lots of activities for children and the event is completely free! Happening on Friday, December 1 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Alachua Main Street.

City of Newberry Christmas Tree Lighting

The annual Newberry tree lighting ceremony is December 2 from 6 pm – 8 pm. At this event, visitors can enjoy hot cocoa, visit with Santa and more!

Douberly Farms Country Christmas Festival

Enjoy over 75 vendors, food trucks, live music and the opportunity to take photos with Santa! This free event is December 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Haile Light the Village

The Haile Plantation Light the Village event is back and Santa will be there to bring festive joy! The event takes place on Friday, December 1 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to learn more.

High Springs Lions Club Here Comes Santa Claus

Kids will be able to ride the Santa Express Train and “jingle all the way” through the winter wonderland for some hot cocoa and sweets and visit with Santa. This event takes place November 28 and November 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in High Springs. For more details, visit the Lions Club Facebook page.

Holiday Nights in Alachua

Kids can take photos with Santa at Holiday Nights on Main Street in Alachua! This event takes palce December 1, December 8, December 15 and December 22 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., and there will also be children’s crafts, music, shops and more. The Christmas tree lighting is Friday, December 1! Learn more here.

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 Secret Elf Shoppe, an antique ferris wheel, other rides and much more! Click here for more details.

Light Up Tioga

Light Up Tioga is December 2nd from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. There will be food vendors, live entertainment and a visit from Santa! There will also be other fun activities like a petting zoo, face painting, train rides and more!

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.

Santa’s Cookie Decorating Class with Julie Mancini at Langan Acres is welcoming kids with adult supervision to come make cookies for Santa! For $30, you get 6 cookies and supplies and instructions to decorate them. The best part is, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there! This event is December 23 at 10:30 a.m.

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 2 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park.

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