Best Places to See Santa in Sarasota & Bradenton, FL

Best Places to See Santa in Sarasota & Bradenton, FL

If you have little ones who cannot wait to visit with Santa in Sarasota or Bradenton, you are in luck. Whether you are looking for breakfast with Santa in the Sarasota area, or special events to do with Mr. Claus you can find that here too. 




Visit with Santa in Sarasota/Bradenton

The Mall at University Town Center: See Santa every day until December 24th. Santa and his crew will be located in center court. He does take periodical breaks to feed his reindeer. However, you can actually skip the line if you schedule your time slot and purchase a photo package.  Click here for more info: university-town-center

Westfield Sarasota Square Mall: Santa will be here during mall hours to see and visit with children. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa and his elves. You can reserve your spot in line here

Holiday Lights St. Armand’s Circle, December 7th, 5:30 PM-9 PM. Santa makes his way to St. Armand’s Circle at 6 PM. Celebrate with lighting of the Christmas tree with carols and hot chocolate. Have photos taken with Santa between 6:30 PM-8 PM.

Breakfast with Santa in Bradenton and Sarasota.Breakfast with Santa at the Bradenton YMCA (3805 59th St W, Bradenton), December 8th, 9:30 AM-11 AM. This is a free event.

A Night Before Christmas-GT Bray Park, December 15th, 10 AM-2 PM. See Santa make his grand entrance on a bright red fire truck! Children can participate in face painting, hayrides, make snowballs and more. $5 wristbands for activities.

Breakfast with Santa at Sarasota Elks Lodge (5680 Rosin Way, Sarasota) December 17th, 9 AM. Reservations required call 941-922-2221

An Afternoon with Santa, Powel Crosley Estate (8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota), December 17th and December 23rd, Doors open at 11AM. Tickets are $17 for Children, $32 Adults. Lunch is included. Santa arrives at the Crosley Estate at 11:45 AM to meet children, take photos and read Christmas stories. There will be cookie decorating, and a hot chocolate bar as well as lunch.


See Santa in Lakewood Ranch

Sledding with Santa, Lakewood Ranch YMCA (5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd), December 7th, 5:30 PM-8 PM. Take a ride with Santa in Lakewood Ranch. Children will enjoy arts & crafts, pictures taken with Santa and play in real snow. This is a free event.

Kids can see Santa in Bradenton and Sarasota.Holidays Around the Ranch, (Downtown Main Street, Lakewood Ranch) December 14th, 6PM-9PM. Kick off the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Downtown Lakewood Ranch. Santa along with his helpers make their grand entrance to celebrate this special occasion. Enjoy the street vendors as they offer Christmas treats. There will be children’s activities and visits with old Saint Nick.

Breakfast with Santa at Ed’s Tavern (10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch), December 9th, 9 AM-11 AM. You can make reservations by calling 941-907-0400

Lunch with Santa, MacAllister’s (8110 Main St, Lakewood Ranch) December 8th, 12 PM-3 PM. Reserve your spot by calling 941-359-2424.

Holidays at the Ranch-Every Thursday Evening in December, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, See Santa walking around downtown Lakewood Ranch. Bring your cameras and take a picture with him. There will be street vendors and the shops will be open for holiday shopping. Listen to carolers as they stroll the main street of Lakewood Ranch.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy great holiday events in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.

“Christmas Doesn’t Come from a Store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more…”-Dr. Seuss

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