Surfing Santa at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Surfing Santa at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Santa Claus is Surfin’ into Town

Christmas in July is a time to celebrate for some. Whether you’re in complete shock because the holiday season is less than five months away (yes, five months!) or you’re celebrating by listening to those catchy Christmas tunes for a day or two, you’re in good company. Here on Florida’s Space Coast we’re celebrating too. Why? Well we have intel that Santa Claus stopped by the Florida Surf Museum in Cocoa Beach this past week to start preparations for this year’s Surfing Santas event and we’re super excited!

For the past seven years, before Santa delivers toys and gifts, he’s been breaking away to catch some waves in Cocoa Beach on Christmas Eve morning. Pretty cool, right? The Surfing Santas event is an annual Cocoa Beach tradition that brings skydivers and hundreds of surfers dressed up as Santa. They’ll float in on parachutes from above, ride in on the waves and walk among us barefoot in the sand. Each year the event has grown and the money raised supports Grind for Life, a local cancer support group, and the Florida Surf Museum.  


Santa Arrives Friday, November 25 

Mark your calendars! This year Santa plans to arrive on Florida’s Space Coast not on a sled but on a surf board on Friday, November 25 at 2 p.m.  Gather with others in Cocoa Beach and be surprised as a professional surfing Santa arrives on his surfboard and shreds a few waves before he comes to the beach to hand out candy canes to all the kids. What started as an informal gathering has become a widely popular post-Thanksgiving Day event that will have your family in the holiday spirit in no time.

While you’re there, grab a free picture with Surfing Santa. Surfing Santa Selfies will follow leading up to the big event on December 24. And if you miss Santa arriving into town, here’s your chance to capture a selfie with Santa at various locations throughout the area including Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, Florida Surf Museum and the office of tourism.

What to Expect at Surfing Santas

This surfing event in Cocoa Beach brings the community together for a Christmas show like no other. Thousands will gather on the sand to watch skydivers land on the beach in two zones marked, “South Pole” and “North Pole,” as well as 500 surfers riding waves dressed as Santa. New this year, the crowd can participate in a costume contest. Dress up in your favorite winter themed outfit – snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread man, reindeer, elves – for your chance to win prizes.

Some may say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but this year, Cocoa Beach is the perfect spot to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. To plan your next trip, visit our trip ideas at