2023 Santa Sightings Around Sarasota

Santa relaxing on a Sarasota beach

The enchantment of the holiday season is in full swing! Discover where Santa will be making merry across Sarasota. From photo ops to magical experiences, don’t miss out on these festive encounters with the man in red.

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Santa’s Flight Academy

27th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

  • Where: Main Street, Sarasota, FL, 34237
  • When: December 2, 2023 | from 7 pm to 9 pm,
  • Admission: FREE
    Details: Sarasota’s holiday season kickoff! Witness 4000 participants, illuminated floats, high school marching bands, and the iconic appearance of Santa Claus at this beloved holiday event. Free admission for all in Sarasota’s Main Street area.

Santa at Main Street Lakewood Ranch

  • Where: Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
  • When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, December 5-21, 2023 (Except Dec 7), 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Admission: FREE
    Details: Experience the holiday spirit on Main Street! Enjoy festive lighting displays and meet Santa for photos at the Christmas tree. Santa will spread joy and laughter, except on Dec 7, offering free photo sessions from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Lakewood Ranch.

Breakfast with Santa at The Grove 

  • Where: 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
  • When: December 9-10, 2023 | 9 am
  • Tickets: $50 per adult, $30 per child (under 10), plus tax.
    Details: Dive into the most magical breakfast of the year! Join in for a wonderful breakfast experience with Santa at the Grove Restaurant on December 9th and 10th starting at 9 am.  For further details, contact (941) 893-4321.

Pictures With Santa at Waterside Place

  • Where: Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
  • When: December 6, 13 & 20, 2023 | 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Admission: FREE
    Details: Capture a moment with Santa at the Plaza during Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place! Head to Waterside Place on December 6th, 13th, and 20th between 6 pm and 9 pm.

North Pole Express

Santa Visits South Siesta Key at Daiquiri Deck

5th Annual Holiday Celebration at Ellenton Premium Outlets

Breakfast with Santa on The Bay

Joyful Thursdays in Paradise on Bridge Street

  • Where: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • When: December 7-28, 2023 | 3 pm – 9 pm
  • Admission: FREE
    Details: Enjoy the festive vibes every Thursday evening in December on Bridge Street! Explore holiday shopping, dine with family and friends, savor live music, and seize the chance to have your family photo taken with Santa. Santa will be available for photos and appearances from December 7th to 28th between 3 pm and 9 pm. This event is free and promises an evening filled with joyous celebrations.


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Looking to join in the festive fun in Sarasota this holiday season? Whether it’s capturing magical moments with Santa or exploring joyful celebrations, there’s something for everyone. And when you’re ready to make Sarasota your home for these fantastic celebrations, Sarasota Neighborhood Experts are here to help you find the perfect place. Reach out to us today and let’s make your holiday dreams a reality!


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