Where to See Santa In & Around Jacksonville | Dining & Photos

Where to See Santa JacksonvilleJacksonville offers many opportunities to see Santa, whether for a timeless holiday photo or for a special meal or storybook tea. Special events feature Santa all around the First Coast this holiday season, so be sure to make a visit to the jolly old elf this season!

Featured Events


Holly Jolly Jacksonville | The Markets at St. Johns Town Center
November 23, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kick-off the holidays and join us for some holiday fun at The Markets at Town Center! There will be visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, balloons, crafts and more!

Donuts with Santa | Jacksonville Mom & The Mini Bar
Various Dates and Times

Join Jacksonville Mom for Donuts with Santa! Your ticket gets you one professional pic with the big guy and a 3 pack of holiday donuts!

Santa will be stopping by The Mini Bar for a quick photo opp and 3 pack of holiday donuts! This is a ticketed event– your ticket gets you 1 professional picture from Corinna Hoffman photography and a 3 pack of holiday donuts from The Mini Bar. You can have multiple people in the picture with Santa but your 1 ticket ($10) gets you 1 picture and 1 3 pack of donuts. Tickets are by time slots. You will get your picture and visit Santa during this time slot. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the beginning of your time slot.


Nov
15
Santa’s Arrival Parade | Orange Park Mall
Orange Park Mall
4:00 pm
Help us celebrate the arrival of The Big Guy in red! FREE fun for the whole family! Stay tuned for more details coming soon on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Nov
23
Holly Jolly Jacksonville | The Markets at Town Center
The Markets at Town Center
10:00 am
Kick off the holidays and join us for some holiday fun at The Markets at Town Center! There will be visits with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, balloons, crafts and more!
Nov
27
Amelia Island Community Tree Lighting | The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
5:30 pm
Enjoy the island’s traditional kickoff to the holiday season with thousands of sparkling lights, music and refreshments at the annual Amelia Island Christmas Tree Lighting. The evening includes ...
Nov
27
Santa’s Magical Dinner | The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
6:30 pm
Children of all ages are welcome to join Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves in a signature holiday wonderland experience at The Ritz-Carlton following the community tree lighting. Holiday decoratio...
Nov
29
Christmas Made in the South – An Arts & Crafts Festival | Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
Prime F. Obsborn III Convention Center
9:00 am
Each year, the Prime Osborn Convention Center is transformed to showcase artwork from some of the best artists in the nation. Just in time for the holiday shopping season. The 31st annual Christmas Ma...
Nov
29
Holiday Lights Celebration | Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Omni Amelia Island
5:00 pm
Kick off the holiday season at our Holiday Lights Celebration from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join us for festive culinary creations, holiday crafts, elf training, inflatable fun, stilt walkers, train rides, ...
Nov
30
Santa Express Train Rides | St. Mary’s Express
Theatre By the Trax
9:00 am
Anything can happen on the Santa Express in St. Marys. Santa Claus could perform magic. Frosty the Snowman could come alive. And it could even snow in South Georgia. On November 30, December 7, 14 and...
Nov
30
Santa Express | St. Mary’s Railroad
St. Marys Railroad
10:00 am
The magic of Christmas comes alive at Santa Land where Jolly Old St. Nick himself boards the train for the return ride with gifts for all the good little boys and girls. Entertainment all along the wa...
Nov
30
Christmas on the Farm | Plantation Oaks Farm
Plantation Oaks Farm
11:00 am
J & Co Event Productions is excited to present “Christmas On the Farm”, November 30, 2019, at Plantation Oaks Farms in Callahan, Fl. Join us for a fun and festive holiday shopping expe...
Nov
30
Santa’s Storybook Tea | The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
12:00 pm
Celebrate the season with a storybook reading by Santa and afternoon tea in a magical space adorned with holiday decor and gingerbread creations. A buffet of pastries, candies, cakes, finger sandwiche...
Nov
30
Donuts with Santa | The Mini Bar
The Mini Bar
1:00 pm
Join Jacksonville Mom for Donuts with Santa! Your ticket gets you one professional pic with the big guy and a 3 pack of holiday donuts! Santa will be stopping by The Mini Bar for a quick photo opp and...
Dec
1
Junior League of Jacksonville Holiday Tour of Homes | Riverside
Riverside
10:00 am
The Holiday Tour of Homes is a fundraiser on behalf of the Junior League of Jacksonville with all profits going back to the Jacksonville community in need. On December 1, 2019 six local homes will ope...
Dec
1
Santa Claus Photos | Junior League of Jacksonville Riverside House
Junior League of Jacksonville Riverside House
12:00 pm
Santa Claus is visiting the Junior League of Jacksonville Riverside House for an opportunity to get your photograph with him! There will also be coloring activities and a healthy snack for children. S...
Dec
7
Breakfast with Santa | Sheraton Jacksonville
Sheraton Jacksonville
8:00 am
Santa is coming to town! Come visit Santa and enjoy holiday cheer at this years Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 7 at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel! Bring your family and friends for a hot br...
Dec
7
St. Augustine Christmas Parade: An American Tradition! | Downtown St. Augustine
Downtown St. Augustine
9:00 am
The 65th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 7 in downtown St. Augustine. Sponsored by Flagler Hospital St. Augustine and organized by Linda Abbott, the ...
Dec
7
10th Annual Santa in the Courtyard | Beaches Town Center
200 1st Street Neptune Beach
9:00 am
$15 sitting fee includes a professional print, the digital file is available for a $10 donation to Smile Camp, a summer day camp for children with special needs.  This is our 10th year as the Beaches...
Dec
7
Santa in the Courtyard | Beaches Town Center
200 1st Street Neptune Beach
9:00 am
Santa in the Courtyard is a fun and festive annual, outdoor photo event hosted by the merchants at 200 First Street and Dunlop Photography. Don your holiday attire but don’t forget to dress for ...
Dec
7
A December to Remember Party! | World Golf Hall of Fame
World Golf Hall of Fame
10:00 am
Jacksonville Business Connections invites you our free community event A December to Remember Holiday Party! at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village. Santa meet & greet Vendors Food and more...
Dec
7
Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Two Saints Restaurant & Grill
Two Saints Restaurant & Grill
10:00 am
Santa is coming to town and stopping by Two Saints Restaurant Grill for Breakfast! Visit our Winter Wonderland and enjoy Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 7th at 10am. Partake ...
Dec
7
A December to Remember Holiday Party! | World Golf Hall of Fame
World Golf Hall of Fame
10:00 am
Jacksonville Business Connections invites you our free community event A December to Remember Holiday Party! at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village. Santa meet & greet Vendors Food Music Ki...
Dec
7
Green Cove Springs Christmas on Walnut Street | Historic Spring Park
Historic Spring Park
2:00 pm
Join the City of Green Cove Springs in its annual Christmas on Walnut Street! Spring Park will be decked out with the City’s Parade of Trees, 130 decorated Christmas trees along the park sidewal...
Dec
7
Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting | Beaches Town Center
Beaches Town Center
3:00 pm
Beaches Town Center, City of Atlantic Beach and City of Neptune Beach sponsor this free holiday event held at Beaches Town Center starting at 3pm. Join us for a bike parade, live entertainment, fac...
Dec
7
19th Annual Surf Illumination | St. Johns County Ocean Pier
St. Johns County Ocean Pier
3:00 pm
Join us at Pier Park in the promenade from 3 pm until 7 pm for the 19th annual Surf Illumination event! Holiday Music, Pictures with Santa and Mrs Claus, face painting, balloon twisting, two bounce ho...
Dec
8
Christmas in Candyland | Sweet Pete’s Candy
Sweet Pete’s Candy
11:00 am
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re celebrating Christmas in Candyland! Join us for a sweet day, Sunday December 8th at Jacksonville’s beloved candy mansion. Time blocks are avail...
Dec
14
Breakfast with Santa | Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s
8:00 am
Breakfast Buffet Includes: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea. $10.00 power card for Ticket Games and Unlimited Vid...
Dec
14
Santa Stops and Photo Ops | Jacksonville Public Library – Main Branch
Jacksonville Public Library – Main Branch
11:00 am
Santa Claus is coming to the Main Library! You’re invited to join the fun as we share St. Nick stories and songs, followed by a visit from Santa Claus! We will also have various fun family activ...
Dec
15
Dog Park on Ice at Jacksonville Ice! | Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex
Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex
3:30 pm
Bring your pups to Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex for an afternoon of fun on the ice! Admission is $12 + a dog food donation for each dog and their human. Plus, get your dogs photo taken with Santa...

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Chantel Beidleman
Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Painting while enjoying a nice glass of wine is her jam and spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies, which has led her family to become (mostly) vegan. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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