Central Florida Santa Events Guide for 2021

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Central Florida Santa Events Guide for 2021

Central Florida Santa Events Guide for 2021 – Do you want to find some events where your kids can see or meet with Santa? Check out some of the events we have found below. Also, we will continue to add more events to this guide throughout the season, so be sure to check back for more opportunities to see St. Nick!

As always, our list of events will be updated throughout the season, so be sure to check back often. And, if you’ve found we missed anything, be sure to send the event our way by emailing Newsletter@MyCentralFloridaFamily.com or click here to submit the event.

Central Florida Santa Events Guide for 2021

Christmas is a fun-filled time in Central Florida and there are many opportunities to meet Santa throughout town. We will work to find all of those events and list our favorites below for you.

Looking for other holiday opportunities for fun, check out our additional guides below.


Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World Village

Kissimmee
November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 5-10 PM
More Info: A dancing lights show, tram tours and unique behind-the-scenes experiences highlight an array of exciting additions guaranteed to make this year’s second annual Night of a Million Lights holiday lights spectacular another dazzling success.  Scheduled to illuminate the Central Florida skyline from Friday, November 12, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Night of a Million Lights will once again provide the public with a rare glimpse inside Give Kids The World Village, an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost.

Events Happening All Season Long

Oh, What Fun! Lake Nona

Orlando/Lake Nona
November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022
More Info: Step into a spectacular winter wonderland with holiday magic around every corner during Central Florida’s favorite holiday festival, Oh, What Fun! Join us in Lake Nona Town Center, or as it’s known for the holidays, Peppermint Square, for a season filled with celebrations.

Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Workshop

Orlando
November 7 – December 24, 2021
More Info:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season means only one thing – Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas! Don’t miss holiday favorites including Home AloneDr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer December 1-25 on Freeform. So pour yourself an eggnog and grab a plate of cookies, Christmas is practically here.

Gaylord Palms Mission: Saving Christmas Featuring Elf

Orlando
November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022
More Info: A holly, jolly sleigh-full of holiday cheer is set for Gaylord Palms Resort with a host of special events and activities set to be unwrapped this Christmas season. Featuring a brand-new, multi-sensory marquee Christmas experience, Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™– Christmas at Gaylord Palms will delight guests of all ages with original shows, musical performances, 100 Christmas trees, amazing acrobatics, delicious dining, interactive experiences and more. Christmas at Gaylord Palms begins Nov. 19, 2021 and continues through Jan. 2, 2022.

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village

Auburndale
November 25, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 6-9 PM Sun-Thurs and 6-10 PM Fri & Sat
More Info: This holiday drive-through, no-touch, Covid-19 safe light show is returning November 25 through January 2, 2021.  Due to the enormous success of last year’s event, we have moved to International Market World in Auburndale conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando off of I-4, giving us more space to have MORE DAYS, MORE ENTERTAINMENT, MORE VENDORS, MORE VISITORS, and MORE ROOM TO ROAM.

Winter Wonderland at Wekiva Island

Longwood
December 3-25, 2021 | Varying Times
More Info: Santa Claus is coming to Wekiva Island and he’s bringing the daily snow flurries and gorgeous holiday decor! Starting with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Christmas Tree Forest on December 3, Winter Wonderland events take over Wekiva Island through Christmas Day. Each week is jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Each Sunday will feature a different Christmas movie to celebrate the season. Special guests from classics like “The Grinch” and “Whoville Whos” will make appearances throughout the month, and and stilt walkers will wow. There will also be special events, including a Breakfast with Santa, VIP Party, Stories with Mrs. Claus and Letters to Santa on the calendar. Admission into Wekiva Island is $2.

Santa Workshop at ICON Park

Orlando
November 5 through December 24, 2021
More Info: From Nov. 5 to Dec. 24, ICON Park will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and become home once again to The Santa Workshop Experience. Families will be able to partake in the classic tradition of taking beautiful holiday photos and kids will be able to meet the jolly old elf. Click here to book your session today. 

Holiday Events in Winter Garden

Winter Garden
Through December 30, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: If you’re looking for holiday events in the Winter Garden area, we have them below for you. Winter Garden knows how to do the holidays for Central Florida families! Outdoor holiday movies, light shows, carriage tours, boutique stroll, farmer’s market, and holiday music on the plaza are here for you.

Holiday Events in Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs
Through January 2, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: Are you looking for community holiday events? Cranes Roost Park and the City of Altamonte Springs never disappoints. Check out what’s available for your family to enjoy. Check out the Holiday Fountain Show, light displays, concerts, light up event, Santa Tuesdays, holiday characters, movie nights and Telescope Thursday!

Holidays at Disney Springs

Orlando
November 5-December 30, 2021 | Times Vary
More Info: This holiday season, discover festive fun, dazzling décor and gift ideas galore at Disney Springs—from November 5 through December 30, 2021.

Multiple Day Events

Cranes Roost Park Holiday Fountain Show

Altamonte Springs
November 25, 2021 through January 2, 2022 | 6-9 PM (Check day and time for Santa visits)
More Info: A crowd favorite, the Plaza fountain features special shows with dancing water and dazzling lights choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Note: The show does not run during the holiday movies on December 9 and 16.

Brunch with Santa Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando
November 27th, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th)
More Info: Bring the whole family downtown to the City District for the inaugural Brunch with Santa series. Enjoy delicious cuisine, Santa Claus, and all the spirit of the holidays this season in the heart of Orlando.

Single Day Events

Breakfast with Santa at Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando
November 13, 2021 | 8:30 AM to 10 PM
More Info: A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day.

Light Up Eustis

Eustis
November 26, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: On Friday, November 26, 2021 the City of Eustis will host the 34th Annual Light-Up Eustis Celebration in historic downtown from 5 – 9 p.m. with a specular light-up ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bandshell in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive). This free, family-friendly event will include live entertainment, food trucks, and vendors. Also, expect a special visit by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Dancer the live reindeer.

A Frozen Tree Lighting Experience-Oviedo

Oviedo
December 2, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: We’re starting the Christmas season off with a BANG on December 2nd, with the FROZEN Tree Lighting Experience, our annual tree lighting event at Center Lake Park! Join us for this FROZEN themed tree lighting, which will include a special FROZEN themed show after the tree lighting! There will be FREE photos with Santa, live reindeer, carolers, food trucks and more, including HUGE holiday surprises that will happen on the Oviedo Amphitheatre lawn. So, make sure you wear your Elsa or Anna costume if you have one!

Light the Christmas Tree at Wekiva Island

Longwood
December 3, 2021 | 7:00 PM
More Info: In its sixth year, Winter Wonderland delights guests with nightly “snow” flurries, sparkling holiday décor, visits from Santa and other holiday characters and special events. In fact, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Wekiva Island to officially kick off the event and light the giant Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots that evening.

Cranes Roost Park Light Up the Holidays

Altamonte Springs
December 4, 2021 | 5-9 PM
More Info: Let’s celebrate the season! The City of Altamonte Springs and Duke Energy are bringing back the tradition of lighting up Cranes Roost Park. Watch as the park comes alive with spectacular holiday displays featuring 200,000 lights and a 60-foot tree decorated with thousands of ornaments and over a mile of garland.

Winter Springs Winter Wonderland

Winter Springs
December 4, 2021 | 4:30 – 8 PM
More Info: Tis’ the season for joy and celebration! Stop by the Winter Springs Town Center and enjoy the festivities this holiday season at Winter Wonderland presented by AdventHealth! It all kicks off with one of the longest-running traditions in our city, the 39th annual Holiday Parade featuring local talent and business. Gather around the Christmas Tree for the 17th annual Christmas tree Lighting! The Winter Wonderland event will follow with Entertainment by local youth and our Winter Springs Dancers with Class. Santa will visit with the local children by the tree, and a fun-filled kids playland will keep your little ones merry all evening long!

Christmas in the Cloud

St. Cloud
December 11, 2021 | 11 AM – 4 PM
More Info: Come celebrate Christmas with the critters at the third annual Christmas in the Cloud hosted at Amazing Animals INC’s wildlife preserve!$10 per person at the door

Orlando Museum of Art Breakfast with Santa

Orlando
December 13 and 20, 2021 | 8:30 – 10 AM
More Info: A morning of making memories with Santa Claus with exclusive access to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees before it opens to the public during the day.

Oviedo Mall Tree Lighting Celebration

Oviedo
November 18, 2021 | 5-7 PM
More Info: On Friday, November 26, 2021 the City of Eustis will host the 34th Annual Light-Up Eustis Celebration in historic downtown from 5 – 9 p.m. with a specular light-up ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bandshell in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive). This free, family-friendly event will include live entertainment, food trucks, and vendors. Also, expect a special visit by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Dancer the live reindeer.

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Green Acres Farm of Oviedo
December 20, 2021 | 3-6 PM
More Info: Santa will be stopping at Green Acres Farm Oviedo to see which animals have been naughty or nice! While he’s here, he’d love for you to join him for some milk and cookies. Maybe even tell him what you want for Christmas this year

Santa Mall Events (click the mall for details)

The Mall at Millenia

November 10 through December 24, 2021

We’ve created a Santa photo experience to ensure a safe setting for our guests, Santa and his helpers. Advance online reservations are required for photos and visits.

  • An advance reservation is required
  • Guests are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations
  • Santa visits are distanced, with visitors posing in front of Santa
  • Children pose on cute holiday props and seating is provided for adults
  • Newborns and infants can pose in a classic Radio Flyer wagon, so please bring your carrier or car seat
  • Each reservation admits one immediate family
    Friends & relatives (including aunts, uncles, cousins) if photographed, constitute a separate photo session and separate reservation
  • Extended family members are welcome to view the photo session in a space we created near the photo area
  • Please allow some flexibility in appointment time, we will do our best to stay on schedule for your reservation
  • Santa has a mailbox for wish lists, so bring one along for your children to leave!
  • For those visiting Santa and not purchasing photos, a reservation is still required and we request a $10 donation to  Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Altamonte Mall

November 18 – December 24, 2021

What’s that sound? Santa’s in town! The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the North Pole, so make this holiday unforgettable and capture magical moments with St. Nick! Visit Altamonte Mall for Santa pictures in Altamonte Springs.

Florida Mall Santa Photo Experience

November 19 – December 24, 2021

Santa Experience at Disney Springs

November 12 to December 24, 2021

  • Physical distancing is in place at this photo opportunity.
  • Because this is an indoor experience, masks are required.
  • A virtual queue will be available.
  • Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to capture digital portraits, available for purchase.

Seminole Towne Center

Dates and Details Coming Soon

Oviedo Mall

Dates and Details Coming Soon


Disclaimer: These events are subject to last minute cancellations and changes which might not be reflected in this MyCentralFloridaFamily.com post. Please always confirm with this family-friendly business by calling or clicking.

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