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December 19, 2018

Let’s Find Santa Claus! Where to see Santa in Tampa Bay in 2018

By Rosie Raggio

Related: Holiday Family Fun: Local stories, events and more!

It’s a jolly old time to see jolly old St. Nick! Each year, we put together a list of our favorite places to see Santa in Tampa Bay as he helps to spread some holiday cheer. And what better way to spread cheer than to take pictures with Santa himself! If you’re looking for a place where your kids can visit and take pictures with Father Christmas, look no further. Take a look at some of Santa’s favorite holiday picture locations:

Related: The Secret is Out: Santa and his real bearded friends live in Tampa Bay!

Santa’s House at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

  • Through January 6: Evenings
  • Christmas Town and Santa’s House included in park admission
  • Find more information about Christmas Town here

Santa at ZooTampa’s Christmas in the Wild

  • Friday and Saturday evenings throughout December, along with additional select dates.
  • Included with park admission, but you’ll need to schedule an appointment when you get there.
  • Find out more information about Christmas in the Wild here

Christmas Lane at the Florida Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds

  • Thursday-Sunday through December 24: 6pm-10pm
  • Other activities and rides available
  • Find more information about the event and Santa’s visit here

Saturdays with Santa at the Florida Aquarium

  • Saturdays during December: 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Find more information about the event and the aquarium here

Santa’s Flight Academy at International Plaza and Bay Street

  • Through December 23: All mall hours
  • December 3: 11am to 6pm
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 8am to 6pm; in line by 4pm
  • Other activities available
  • Find more information about hours, Santa’s break, express lane, and package pricing here

Santa at Westfield Citrus Park

  • Hours vary through December 24–Santa needs a cookie break every now and then!
  • Find more information about hours, fast passes, Santa’s break and package pricing here

Photos with Santa at Westshore Plaza

  • Through December 24 from 11am-8pm. Get a Santa’s Fast Pass, too!
  • Find more information about hours and Santa’s visit here

Santa’s Here at Westfield Brandon

  • Monday-Saturday through December 23: 10am to 9pm
  • Sundays through December 17: 11am to 6pm
  • December 6: 10am to 5pm
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 10am to 5pm
  • Find more information about hours, fast passes, Santa’s break and package pricing here

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Wiregrass

  • Through Christmas Eve. Check website for Santa’s break schedule.
  • Find more information about hours, fast passes, Santa’s break and package pricing here

Santa’s Waiting at Tampa Premium Outlets

  • December dates: December 15 and 22 from 6pm-9pm
  • Find more information about hours and other meet and greets here

Santa’s Waiting at Tyrone Square St Petersburg

  • December 1 through December 7(except Sunday): 10am to 8pm
  • December 8 through December 14(except Sunday): 10am to 8:30pm
  • December 15: 10am to 9pm
  • December 16 through December 23(Except Sunday): 9am to 9pm
  • Sundays: Dec 3 and Dec 10 11am to 7pm; Dec 17 10am to 7pm
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 8am to 6pm
  • Find more information about hours here

Santa’s Here at Westfield Countryside

  • Monday-Saturday through December 24: 10am to 9pm
  • Sundays: 12pm to 6pm
  • November 30: 10am to 5pm
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 12pm to 5pm
  • Find more information about hours, fast passes, Santa’s break and package pricing here

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops 

  • Through December 2: Monday-Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm
  • Monday-Saturday through December 23: 10am to 8pm
  • Sundays: 10am to 5pm
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 10am to 5pm
  • Other activities available
  • Find more information about hours, Bass Pass, and other activities here

Visit with Santa at Hyde Park Village

  • Select dates and locations
  • Find more information about the event here

Winter Wonderland at Downtown Clearwater

  • Wednesday-Sunday December 2 through December 22: 6pm-9pm
  • Other activities available
  • Find more information about event and other activities here

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