Here Comes Santa Claus: Where to Find Santa & Friends in Pensacola


Pensacola Mom Collective is excited to share the nearby places to get a glimpse and maybe a picture of the man with the white beard in the red suit and some of his friends.

In the words of Buddy of the Elf:

“SANTA! Oh my God! Santa, here?! I know him! I know him!”

Places to Find Santa & Friends


Starting November 17th – Santa will be in downtown Pensacola as part of the Winterfest Celebration on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 4:30pm. Beginning December 20th – Santa is downtown every day, starting at 4:30pm. Reservations are recommended. 

Make your reservation to visit the Grinch starting on November 17th as part of the Winterfest Celebration in downtown Pensacola. Dates are available through Christmas Eve!  Reservations are recommended.

On November 26th, KIA Autosport of Pensacola will hold their annual Night of Lights event and Santa will be there with lots of local vendors to make your season start bright. This event is from 4 PM- 6 PM and will be held at their dealership.

Lights, Camera, Santa at Cordova Mall are offered November 17th – December 24th. Reservations are recommended. 

Breakfast with Santa at Christ Church Pensacola on Saturday, December 2nd. Seatings at 8:30am, 9:30am, and 10:30am. Cost is $5.00/person and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Santa will visit Jingle Bells on the Bay on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-2pm at Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center.

Santa will visit Downtown Pensacola riding in the Cox Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9th at 5:30pm.

Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama – Families are invited on Saturday, December 9th, 11am-2pm to watch Santa parachute down to the beach.

Jo’s, as always Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 16th, 10am-2pm. Reservations are required.

For the over 21 Santa seekers, the downtown annual Santa Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday December 2nd starting at 4pm.  VIP tickets can be purchased online. 


Free Pensacola Beach Boardwalk Photos with Santa start on Saturday, December 2nd and will be available every weekend until Saturday, December 23rd. 

Pensacola Beach’s Lighted Boat Parade is on Saturday, December 2nd, at 6:30pm, and activities for the kids start at 4pm.   

2023 Surfing Santa Pensacola Beach Parade will roll on Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00pm and make its way down Via De Luna.  


On Thursday November 30th at 6pm, Santa will make an appearance at the Holly Jolly Family Christmas Jam hosted by Community Life Church in Gulf Breeze. 

City of Gulf Breeze Jolly Holiday Market and Parade – Saturday, December 2nd, 9am-2pm (Holiday Market), 5:00pm (Parade).

Oriole Beach Elementary’s Mistletoe Market will feature holiday vendors and a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, December 9th from 9am-12pm.  

Santa and The Grinch will be at Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Zoobilee, December 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th from 10:30am-3:30pm.


Enjoy Breakfast with Santa and skating at Weber’s Skate World in Milton on Saturday, November 18th 8:30am.  

S’mores with Santa on Friday, December 1st at 5:30 pm hosted by American Legion Post 78 in Milton.

The Very Merry Pirate Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:00pm on Saturday, December 2nd, starting at the Milton Community Center.  


Did we miss one?

Let us know in the comments!

a photo of Santa sitting next to a Christmas tree reviewing his list.



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