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The Best Places To Meet Santa Claus This Christmas In Orlando

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and here in Orlando we have a winter wonderland of fun and festive activities for all the family, from massive theme park extravaganzas, to holiday lights shows with millions of twinkling lights, and so much more!

Orlando truly is a magical place to enjoy the holidays, and the biggest attraction for the kids is a visit to Santa of course, and we've got you covered here at Gotta Go Orlando with an all nice list of places you can visit Santa right here in Orlando, oh and don't worry we've checked the list twice!

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The holidays are a magical time to visit the theme parks here in Orlando, with Christmas parties on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, a sea of trees in SeaWorld Orlando with millions of twinkling lights, and even a massive holiday parade every day in Universal Studios Florida,

The theme parks truly put on a holiday spectacle unlike anywhere in the world, and of course you can meet Santa too!

Walt Disney World

Find Santa at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Plus you can meet a tropical dressed Santa at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Outside of the theme parks, you can meet Santa at Disney Springs too, and you won't need park admission to meet him here, although an online reservation is required.

meet santa in walt Disney world

Universal Orlando Resort

Although you can't actually meet Santa at Universal Orlando Resort, you can see Santa headline Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida, and watch as he lights the park’s Christmas tree during the parade’s finale every night.

Universal ORLANDO Grinchmas The Grinch

You can however meet The Grinch though at Islands Of Adventure, and trust us you HAVE to meet The Grinch, it's a unique and fun experience for all the family, and at Universal Studios Florida, you can meet Universal's unique holiday character Earl The Squirrel!

earl the squirrel Universal Studios Florida

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando go all in on Christmas celebrations and the kids can share wishes and dreams with Santa Claus in the Shoppes along SeaWorld’s Waterfront.

You can even have Dinner with Santa in the Christmas Dining Hall.

Santa SeaWorld Orlando

Plus, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown in Wild Arctic.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer SeaWorld Orlando


At LEGOLAND Florida enjoy a brick-macular Christmas!

See LEGO Santa, LEGO Gingerbread, Holiday Unikitty and more at LEGOLAND Florida.

You can also discover a giant LEGO Christmas tree, unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida.

 LEGO Santa, LEGO Gingerbread LEGOLAND Florida Christmas

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Celebrate the holidays with animal encounters, thrilling rides, holiday inspired culinary delights and festive shows like Christmas on Ice.

Plus, the entire family will enjoy heart warming moments with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Busch Gardens Tampa Santa


Besides Santa's magical appearances at Orlando’s theme parks, Father Christmas is making multiple stops around town this holiday season, and with so many wonderful photo opportunities to capture the precious moment forever.


Through December 24, drop your Christmas wish lists off in Santa’s mailbox and meet the big man himself during Santa Photos at The Mall at Millenia.

Snap your own photos for a small donation, or book a photography package, which includes a professional photographer, festive props, and digital or printed photos.

Advance reservations are required.

The Mall At Millenia Santa


Bring your family, friends and even pets to meet Santa at The Florida Mall through December 24.

Sensory-friendly sessions are also available on select dates with Caring Santa , created exclusively for children with special needs.

Reservations are highly recommended for all Santa experiences, and you can even receive a free phone call from Santa when you book online.

Florida Mall Santa


Santa’s Workshop is available now through December 24 at The Santa Workshop Experience at ICON Park.

You’re invited to step inside Santa’s workshop for an unforgettable meet and greet that will have everyone believing in the magic of Christmas.

With a little advance planning, your child can even receive a wrapped gift from beneath Santa’s tree.

Then, get a sleigh’s-eye view of Orlando in a private holiday capsule on The Wheel at ICON Park. Kids ride free with the purchase of a Santa photo package.

santas wrkshop ICON Park


Sorry, but you sadly you can't meet Santa at Gatorland, but you can meet the one-and-only Gator Claus, the Merry Elves and more as part of the historic attraction’s Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down event!

Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down GATORLAND


Enjoy Christmas Tales with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Oh, What Fun! holiday festival in Lake Nona Town Center.

This magical annual event also features nightly snowfall, live entertainment, specialty treats and more to make your season bright.

Santa and mrs Claus Lake Nona Oh, What Fun!


Enjoy a one-hour semi-private experience with Santa, complete with songs, stories and professional photo packages.

Wall Crawl has 20-plus holiday-themed backdrops, cheerful props and optional professional photo packages to make your Christmas photos pop.

Pups, props and outfit changes are welcome, and fully private experiences are available for a truly personalized Santa session.

Santa Wall Crawl Orlando


For a truly unique holiday experience, head to Santa’s Enchanted Workshop at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where families can enjoy private one-hour sessions with old Saint Nick.

Children can find their name on the nice list, then enter Santa’s workshop for milk and cookies, stories and unforgettable one-on-one time with the big guy himself.

Photos from the session are digitally processed and hand painted by a master artist, creating heirloom-quality art that you’ll treasure for generations to come.

Santa’s Enchanted Workshop at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores


You’ve made your list, now check it twice and head to the North Pole to deliver it in person.

Meet Santa at his Alpine Village, then explore a winter wonderland at ICE at Gaylord Palms.

Additional ticketed attractions include a dazzling acrobatics show, ice tubing, story time with Mrs. Claus, magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice, and more. Advance reservations are required for all activities.

Meet Santa At Gaylord Palms Orlando


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