Santa Sightings

Come face-to-face with Kriss Kringle himself, who has traded in the snow for palm trees this holiday season. With so many Santa sightings you'll be wondering, did Santa arrive to Central Florida via sleigh ... or space shuttle?

Updated: November 11, 2005

Visit with Santa

Universal Studios Florida

1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819

Universal Studios' Macy's Holiday Parade is second only to the original, with giant balloons, marching bands and even the "real" Santa imported directly from New York. Enjoy the festivities nightly from Dec. 7 to Jan. 1.

Epcot: World Showcase

Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

See Santa as you've never seen him before--in green flowing robes as Father Christmas in the England Pavilion, and in female form in Italy, where Santa Claus is really a gift-giving witch known as La Befana. Learn multi-cultural holiday traditions with Epcot's Holidays Around the World, Nov. 24 to Dec. 30.

Downtown Disney

Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Santa's on double duty at Downtown Disney, posing for photos aboard his chalet Nov. 23-Dec. 24 from 12pm-10pm.

Town of Celebration

Hwy 4, Exit 25a, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Step into a real-life Norman Rockwell painting where the Jolly ol' Elf grants Christmas wishes as "snow" falls and carolers sing, December 1-24, 6-9pm.

Mall At Millenia

4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839

Like everything else in this mall, photos with Santa come at a price, but are well worth it. No Polaroids here, only quality professional photos with a Santa whose whiskers are real. See Santa is in his Holiday House at Center Court Nov. 20-Dec. 24.

Orlando Fashion Square

3201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Ride the Christmas train with Santa Nov. 20-Dec. 24, Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.

J C Penney Salon

8001 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32809

Go ahead. Throw Christmas to the dogs. This Santa is pet-friendly. Bring Fido or Fluffy to see Father Christmas on Dec. 2 and 9 after 6 p.m. Santa is also available to meet with human sorts now through Dec. 24.

Stores to Finish Your Holiday Shopping

Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave

8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821

Pier 1 Imports

5032 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Tim's Wine Market

1223 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Wines from around the world make great gifts for any occasion.