Find Santa and Mrs. Claus all over town — including at Lake Nona’s Oh, What Fun! Holiday Celebration (pictured) — when you visit Orlando during the 2022 holiday season.
There’s no place like Orlando for the holidays — even Santa Claus himself agrees, given how often he pops up at our theme parks, attractions and other locations. Here are some of the best places to see the jolly old elf in 2022.
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Everyone loves Orlando’s theme parks — including Santa Claus. Best of all, these appearances are all included with park admission.
Walt Disney World® Resort
Find Santa at all four Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks — Magic Kingdom® Park, EPCOT®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park — plus meet a tropical-dressed Santa at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Outside of the theme parks, you can meet Santa at Disney Springs® or savor an unforgettable family-style Italian Breakfast With Santa at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante on select dates. You can also play a round or more at Santa’s favorite off-season retreat: Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. (Please note that reservations are required for all Walt Disney World theme parks.)
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At SeaWorld® Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, 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 (reservations required). Plus, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown in Wild Arctic. Be sure to experience amazing animal encounters and millions of sparkling lights in a holiday adventure you can only have at SeaWorld.
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Universal Orlando Resort
Not only does Santa headline Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida, but he also lights the park’s tree during the parade’s finale. It’s all part of the holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort.
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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
See LEGO® Santa, LEGO Gingerbread, Holiday Unikitty and more at LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park, part of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. 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® (Select Dates, Nov. 25 – 27 & Dec. 3 – 31).
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Besides appearing at Orlando’s theme parks, Father Christmas is making multiple stops around town this holiday season. And the more you visit him, the more likely you are to get everything on your wish list. At least we think that’s how it works…
The Mall at Millenia
Through Dec. 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.
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The Florida Mall®
Bring your family, friends and even pets to meet Santa at The Florida Mall® through Dec. 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.
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Through Dec. 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.
What? Santa Claus at Gatorland? OK, not really — but they do have the one-and-only Gator Claus! Meet Gator Claus, Merry Elves and more as part of the historic attraction’s Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down event, included with admission on select dates from Dec. 3 – 18.
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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.
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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’s Enchanted Workshop
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.
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 Christmas 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.
Use this interactive map to find Santa Claus throughout Orlando in 2022. (Click here if you’re not seeing a map or images.)
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