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December 19, 2019

15 Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Tampa Bay in 2019

By Tampa Bay Parenting

It’s that time again to answer the question…where can I take pictures with Santa in Tampa Bay?

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!

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

Related: Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Tampa Bay

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:

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

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 2: All mall hours
  • 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-6pm. 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
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24: 10am to 6pm
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 

  • 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

Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg 

Visit with Santa before or after you explore the holiday light trail to find his reindeer! Learn more about booking your tickets today!

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