Find Santa and Mrs. Claus all over town — including our theme parks — when you visit Orlando during the 2021 holiday season.


Updated December 14, 2021

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but visiting Orlando is an even better option — a sentiment with which 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 2021!

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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite venues for their current status.

Meet Santa at Orlando’s Theme Parks

Lego Christmas tree at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
LEGO® Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Near Orlando

Everyone loves Orlando’s theme parks — including Santa Claus! Best of all, these appearances are all included with park admission.

Walt Disney World® Resort

Not only can you 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 — but he’s also holding court at Disney Springs®. You can also play a round or more at Santa’s favorite off-season retreat: Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf! (Please note that reservations are required for all Walt Disney World theme parks.)

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SeaWorld® Orlando

You can find Santa at SeaWorld Orlando’s Wild Arctic attraction as part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. What’s more, the Jolly One is available for meet-and-greets, as is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

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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! Universal Orlando Resort also offers a decidedly grumpier take on the season with Grinchmas™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Both options are part of the resort-wide Holidays at Universal Orlando celebration.

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida Resort features LEGO® versions of beloved seasonal characters — including Santa Claus! You can also marvel at a life-sized Santa, reindeer and sleigh made entirely of LEGO bricks, a giant LEGO Christmas tree, and other wonders.

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Meet Santa Throughout Orlando

Children pose with Santa at The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.
Santa Photos at The Mall at Millenia in Orlando

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, The Mall at Millenia near Universal Orlando is offering free Santa Photos, with professional photography packages available for purchase.

ICON Park®

Part of International Drive, aka I-Drive, ICON Park is hosting the Santa Workshop Experience, a ticketed attraction that includes a free train ride from the complimentary parking garage to Santa’s Workshop (plus free valet parking after 4 p.m.), unlimited cellphone and video use with your advance reservation, a free ride on The Wheel in a private holiday capsule, 50% off admission to The Wheel for additional riders, and holiday beverages and treat offerings. It runs through Dec. 24.

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Gatorland

What? Santa Claus at Gatorland? OK, not really — but they do have the one-and-only Gator Claus! He and Krampus Croc are part of the historic attraction’s Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down event, which is included with admission on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19.

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Lake Nona

Photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus are included Oh, What Fun!, a free event running through Jan. 2 in Lake Nona, close to Orlando International Airport. The open-air winter wonderland also has dazzling decorations, festive treats, nightly snowfalls, and hourly live entertainment.

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