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Top 14 places to see Santa in Tampa Bay

Find Santa & Mrs. Claus all over town
Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 08:18:01-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Santa is a very busy man during the month of December but he's making sure he gets to meet and see all of the children throughout the Tampa Bay Area. 

Here's a list full of his appearances, photo opportunities, and fun events happening around Tampa this holiday season. 

Santa's Flight Academy at International Plaza Mall in Tampa

Santa at Westfield Malls throughout Tampa Bay

The Shops at Wiregrass | Wesley Chapel, Florida

Bass Pro Shops, Brandon, FL

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 

  • Christmas Town | Celebrate the holidays with Santa, Rudolph and more. Included with regular park admission. Get more info here

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg

Hyde Park Village in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Premium Outlets | Lutz, Florida

Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises in Tampa, Florida

  • Santa's Holiday Brunch Cruises | Get a complimentary photo with Santa and enjoy a brunch with a DJ on-board included in your ticket price. Get more info here.

The Christmas Trail in Plant City, Florida

  • A lighted walking trail with pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Pet Friendly! Get more info here.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa

  • Saturdays with Santa runs every Saturday in December from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Winter Wonderland | Clearwater, Florida

If you're down for a day trip, Santa will also be ready to meet you at the following theme parks in Florida:

Walt Disney World | Get more info on Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort here

  • Magic Kingdom | Santa will be at the Candy Cane Garden next to Town Hall on Main Street through December 24. He also flies high above the ground in his sleigh during "Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade" as part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Get more info here. (separate ticket event on select nights). 
  • Disney's Hollwood Studios | Santa will hear your Christmas wishes at Once Upon a Time on Sunset Boulevard between now and December 24.
  • Epcot | Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear at Epcot's American Adventure Pavilion between now and December 24. 
  • Disney Springs | Visit Santa at his Christmas Tree Trail cottage across from Once Upon A Toy between now and December 24. 

Universal Orlando Resort

  • Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's | The Minions join Santa Claus for Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. The parade is held on select dates and included in your regular park admission. Get more info here.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration | Meet Santa at the Wild Arctic. While you're there you can also meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at Rudolph's ChristmasTown. Get more info here. (included with regular admission)


  • Christmas Bricktacular | Meet a life-sized LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier as part of LEGOLAND'S event. Get more info here. (Meet and greets are only available until Christmas Day, included with regular admission)

Can't get out to meet Santa but want to have some fun online? Google is offering a Santa Tracker this Christmas season. Check it out here.