Santa Claus is making special visits around Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel, Dunedin and so many more places. There are so many locations to see jolly St. Nick. Below you will find some of our top choices.

We have added all of these Santa experiences on our event calendar for your convenience. Make sure to sign up for our weekend newsletter and we will let you know what‰s happening every weekend.

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1.Santa’s Flight Academy at International Plaza

During mall hours, November 11-December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 8am-6pm.

Tampa, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd

Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Guests must be in line by 4 p.m. to see Santa before he leaves for the North Pole.


2. Santa at Westfield Brandon

Santa Hours: November 12 through December 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on most days.

Photo Packages vary. Pay for pictures online through Santa’s Fast Pass.

Breaks Mon-Sat 12:30pm-2:30pm & 4:30-6:30pm. Line may close up to 3 hours early before breaks and closings to accommodate those in line.


3. Pictures with Santa at Wiregrass

November 12-December 24, 2016

Center Court at The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive

Cost: Picture packages available

Santa will be available to take pictures with your little ones and even your paw friends. Santa hours varies, however on most days Santa will be available from Noon to 7 p.m with breaks in between. Pay online and skip the lines through FastPass.

Santa’s Break Schedule

Santa’s break is from 3:00pm – 4:00pm daily unless otherwise noted below:

Dec 3, 10, 11: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Dec 17 – 23: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Dec 24: 1:00pm – 2:00pm


4. Santa Has Arrived at Westfield Countryside

27001 US Highway 19 North, Suite 1039 Clearwater FL 33761

Now until Dec. 24, 2016

Cost: Picture packages available

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa has arrived at Westfield Countryside this holiday season while his elves are hard at work back at the North Pole prepping for the big day. Santa’s Hours are:Monday – Saturday: 10am-9pm with reindeer breaks 1-2pm & 5-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm with a reindeer break between 2-3pm. Thanksgiving: Santa heads home to spend time with Mrs Claus and the elves. Christmas Eve: 8am-5pm with a reindeer breaks between 1-2pm.


5. Santa Has Arrived at Westfield Citrus Park

8021 Citrus Park Town Center Tampa FL 33625

Now until Dec. 30, 2016 on most days

Cost: Picture packages available

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa has arrived at Westfield Citrus Park this holiday season while his elves are hard at work back at the North Pole prepping for the big day. See details of

For a more detailed look at Santa’s Hours visit our Hours Page HERE.


6. Santa Has Arrived at Tyrone Square Mall

6901 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Now until Dec. 24, 2016 on most days

Visit Santa in Winter Wonderland located in Dillard’s Court. Please visit HERE

for the exact dates and times.


7. Mr. Strong Foundation Sweets & Treats

Tuesday Nov 29, 2016 from 6:00 pm-8:30pm

Roberts Recreation Center, 246 50th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

Cost: Free

The Mr. Strong Foundation 3rd Annual Sweets & Treats with Santa for Special Needs children and their siblings.  All kids (siblings included will receive a gift) Pizza, a cupcake bar, art & crafts station PLUS your kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet Santa in a sensory friendly environment. Reserve your spot here.


8. Skating & Santa at North Straub Park

December 3 & 4, 8-11, and 14-23, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

300 NE to 400 Bayshore Drive, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Cost:Free Santa Photos

Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions.

Visit Santa and take pictures with your own camera.Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Both activities typically are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions.


9. Christmas Holiday Bazaar!

Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, FL 34639
December 3 from 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Cost: Free admission

Meet Santa for a free photo. This free community event will include bounce houses, food trucks, a visit from Blue (Tampa Yankees Mascot), Holiday Shopping and lots more fun activities.



10. Pet Photos with Santa at Humane Society
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tampa, Humane Society of Tampa, 3607 North Armenia Ave

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will be visiting our shelter and would love to hear what’s on your pets’ Christmas lists! So bring you two- and four-legged children for photos with the famous elf! After your photos, help us decorate and stuff stockings for each of our pets. We’ll need LOTS of help from young animal lovers for this project! We’ll provide the stockings and decorating supplies for the kids; you bring treats and toys to stuff!Photos with Santa: $10 suggested donation

Stocking decorating: Free (please bring treats/toys to stuff)

11. Sensory Friendly Visit With Santa at Citrus Park

Sunday, December 4th 9AM-11AM

Westfield Citrus Park Near Macy’s

Reservations is required. If you are a family that has a child with autism or other special needs we are providing a controlled, welcoming environment for them to meet Santa on Sunday, December 4th. Make sure you reserve your spot in line in advance, we are keeping the groups to a minimum for the children’s comfort. Reserve your space today. Register here.


12. Sensitive Santa at WestShore Plaza

Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 9-11 am

Sensitive Santa is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a photo session with Santa. Extra care has been taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children so they can enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition.

Each family attending the event will receive a FREE Santa photo. Mention “Sensitive Santa” and receive four free complimentary photo cards with your purchase of a Santa photo package.


13. Caring Santa at Tyrone Square Mall

Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 am

Free, packages available for purchase. Register here.

Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families.


14. Senior Center Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Senior Center,7625 59th St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Cost: $5.00 per person, includes photo with Santa.

The City of Pinellas Park invites all ages and their parents/grandparents to Breakfast with Santa. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Advance registration is required. Register at Forbes Recreation Center, 6401 94th Ave. N., or the Senior Center.


15. Santa Visits Stained Market Place

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 from 1-3pm

Stained Market Place, 2106 E 15th Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605

Joins in on the fun at the annual Santa’s visit to Stained Market Place. Visit with Santa and take all the photos you want! Free*Any children with special needs or wishing to meet Santa at a scheduled time instead of waiting with a slightly larger crowd please email us to arrange a time for Sensory Santa.

16. Breakfast with Santa in Dunedin

Kirk Church, 2686 Bayshore Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:30am or 10:30 am

Free, Registration required here.

Join Kirk Church for their annual Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 10 at 8:30 am or 10:30 am.  We offer a delicious free pancake breakfast and a skit with Elves and Christmas characters.  Santa will arrive and give a free gift to every child. This event is for children 12 yrs and younger.  Amazing Christmas fun!  Limited number of ticket reservations.  All children receiving a free gift must register for a free ticket.  If you have more than one child coming please register for each one – every child participating MUST have a ticket. (Adults do not need a ticket).  When you register you will receive in your email a ticket for your child.  You must bring the ticket with you on the day of the event.  Questions call the church office (727)733-9305.


17. Meet Santa at Nature’s Food Patch Market

Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.

Nature’s Food Patch Market & Cafe, 1225 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755

Jolly ole’ Saint Nick will be stopping by the Patch! Bring your little ones to meet the man in the red suit for this fun family event. Take photos with Santa* and receive a holiday treat for each child**! It’s sure to be a very merry time! *Photographer not provided.


18. Santa at Top Golf

Top Golf, 10690 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 from 9-11 a.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town, and this time he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa. {Available for the first 200 kids playing Topgolf.}


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