Santa Claus has arrived on Florida's Space Coast, and he's ready for his close up! And what Christmas would be complete without a meet-n-greet with Ol' St. Nick? To make it easy on you parents and grandparents out there, we've rounded up 9 of the best places for kids to see and take a photo with the big man in red before Christmas Day arrives.


November 15 - December 24 Bass Pro Shops Palm Bay

Santa's Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shop in Palm Bay. A portion of the store has been decorated into a winter wonderland featuring a full schedule of activities and events from decorating cookies and stick soldiers to coloring at activity tables and operating radio controlled cars. A 4x6 studio-quality photo with Santa is complimentary and on week nights, Bass Pro Shops will be gifting the first 125 children into the story between the hours of 7 and 9 with holiday-themed backpack clips. more information


December 6 -7, 13 - 14, 20-21 noon - 4 pm

The creators of the Haunted Lair are hosting The Night Before Christmas House. Admission includes pictures with Santa, arts and crafts with a percentage of the proceeds going to Serene Harbor, a domestic violence shelter. Admission is $6. Children under 2 are FREE. Location and more infovieraVillage-8


Daily December 8 - 24 - Viera

Santa has set up shop in Light Up Viera's Holiday Village through December 23rd. Hell be in his Sandcastle Workshop, crafted by Sandsational Sand Sculpting. Pictures with Santa cost $10 and include a 4 x 6 print in a commemorative frame, and a digital download. Also, from December 21-24, Ol' St. Nick will read Twas The Night Before Christmas at 7:00 PM

Santa's Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 5-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.; 6-8 p.m.


December 17 - Merritt Island (Merritt Square Mall Macy's Courtyard at the Santa Station)

Santa Claus will read a few Christmas Classics for the little ones and children are invited to come in their pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies! Bring another pair of pajamas and a blanket to donate to a child in need. All donations benefit The Haven for Children. Begins at 10 am.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus at Brevard Zoo



Mr. & Mrs. Claus at Brevard Zoo

December 20 - Merritt Island

Woody Simpson Park,1590 Schoolhouse St in Merritt Island, FL, will host a free lunch for children on Saturday, December 20. There will also be a toy raffle and opportunity for a photo with Santa.



December 20 - Merritt Island

Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a pancake breakfast with Santa at Kiwanis Island Community Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd. in Merritt Island. Cost to attend is $3. Children will receive a photo taken with Santa and a stocking filled with goodies.


December 20 - Viera

Santa Claus will drop by The Avenue Viera's courtyard (behind Panera Bread and The Pizza Gallery) on Saturday, December 20 from noon to 4 pm. Later in the evening, there will also be live music and complimentary carriage rides from 6 pm - 9 pm


December 21 - Merritt Island

Merritt Square Mall will host Sensitive Santa for children with Autism or Sensory Development Disorders to visit Santa in a special "sensory friendly" setting with lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. To reserve your spot, please call Jennifer Yoli at 321-745-2092 or email her at


December 21 - Merritt Island

Bring the entire family to the Zoo and watch as zoo keepers give gifts (animal enrichment's) to the animals from 10am-3pm each day. In addition, the Zoo will host Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. on December 20 and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. December 21 and 22 as well as provide games and crafts for the kids. All activities are free with Zoo admission. more info Dec 20 - 22, 2013