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Where to Find Santa in Orlando

He’s making his list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. And, this time of year, you want to meet him! At Orlando theme parks you can visit with Santa, tell him your wish list and maybe even meet Mrs. Claus. Use my helpful guide to find Santa in Orlando.

098Holidays at Disney Springs
During Holidays at Disney Springs, Disney brings Santa Claus to the masses at The Marketplace. You’ll find Santa Claus waiting to greet you at his beautiful chalet in front of the World of Disney Store. Snap as many photos as you’d like, and be sure to use PhotoPass too. Disney Photographers have a special way of capturing the magic. At Disney Springs, you can meet Santa November 13-December 24, from noon to 9:30pm. To make your visit even merrier, this year guests will be able to skip the line if their wait exceeds 30 minutes. You’ll receive a pager (or receive notice via text), then when you return to Santa’s Chalet you’ll have a wait of 20 minutes or less.

Universal Orlando Resort
You can spot Santa at Universal Orlando Resort during Macy’s Holiday Parade. As the New York City street scene comes to life with balloons, floats, marching bands, and whimsical characters, the moment is made even more spectacular with a special appearance by Santa Claus. After the parade, which happens several times daily at Universal Studios, stick around for a magnificent tree lighting ceremony with music and twinkling lights.

Magic Kingdom at Disney World
Why only see Santa, when at Disney World you can see Santa and Mickey! During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, delight in the shimmering ice lights on Cinderella’s Castle, waltz through the streets to holiday music and meet with all your favorite holiday characters. The extravaganza is held on select nights in November and December, from 7pm to midnight. Santa Claus will also be meeting and greeting Magic Kingdom guests at the Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall during regular park hours.

Downtown_Disney_SantaEpcot at Disney World
Epcot celebrates the season with holidays from around the world. Once you learn about holiday traditions from all of the different countries at World Pavilion, stop by American Adventure to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Listen to the Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers as you tell the man in red all you want for Christmas this year! Santa will be at Epcot at Disney World now through Christmas Eve.

ICE at Gaylord Palms
Ever dream of walking through a winter wonderland? At ICE at Gaylord Palms you can do just that! More than two million twinkling lights, acres of larger-than-life decorations and more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four thrilling slides await you! Stroll through the dazzling sights, which are themed for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in 2015, snow tube down the slopes and whoosh down a slippery ice slide before having milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It’s an engaging experience you can’t have anywhere else in Orlando.

Santa ThinkstockPhotos-485881462Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
At Busch Gardens Christmas Town you’re invited to Santa’s House at the North Pole. Each day during Christmas Town, Santa takes a break from his busy holiday plans to meet and take photos with all of the good little boys and girls of the world. Surrounded by elves in Santa’s study, get ready to meet the man himself, tell him your secret holiday wish and even get your photo taken. Santa can be seen at Busch Gardens Tampa now through December 31.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Have a seat and break bread with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Fireside Feast. The lovely holiday feast at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration features an all-you all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts. Plus, you get to meet the Mr. and Mrs. and take a special, complimentary family photo to commemorate your night.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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