While the elves are hard at work finishing this year’s toys in Santa’s workshop, the big man himself is enjoying warmer weather in the Daytona Beach area. Before his annual trip around the globe on December 24th, Kris Kringle will be making several appearances and visits around town. Take your list and check it twice before visiting with Santa at any one of these happy holiday spots:
1.) A December to Remember
Bring the little ones and join us at the world-famous Daytona Beach Bandshell for A December to Remember. Enjoy a flurry of holiday activities, gift markets and an awesome line-up of live music, all taking place at the oceanfront venue through January 2. After exploring the craft village, kids can visit with Santa at various times — check the Facebook page for updates.
WHERE: Daytona Beach Bandshell, 70 Boardwalk Avenue
WHEN: Daily through January 2 at various times
2.) Santa’s House in New Smyrna Beach
Take a trip to see Santa’s House in Christmas Park, on the corner of Canal Street and Live Oak Street in New Smyrna Beach. This free event has been ongoing throughout late November and December, and you still have a chance to visit on Friday, December 15, and Saturday, December 16. For more information, call (386) 410-2890.
WHERE: Corner of Canal Street and Live Oak Street, New Smyrna Beach
WHEN: Friday, December 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3.) Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach
Bring the kids to spend “Saturdays with Santa” at Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach.
Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday afternoons in December. The jolly couple will be greeting friends next to the holiday tree that lights up and dances to traditional holiday music. It’s the perfect backdrop to snap a selfie with Santa! And, Santa and Mrs. Claus will surprise a few lucky guests with gifts to brighten the season even more.
WHERE: Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach, near H&M, 1100 Cornerstone Blvd.
WHEN: December 9, 16 and 23 from 12:30–4:30 p.m.
4.) Volusia Mall
Now through Christmas Eve, you can visit the jolly old elf in the center court of Volusia Mall near Dillard’s. Note that Santa takes a break to hang out with his reindeer from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and from 3¬ to 4 p.m. on Sundays. FastPasses are available online.
WHERE: Volusia Mall, 1700 West International Speedway Boulevard
WHEN: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5.) Bass Pro Shops at ONE DAYTONA
You won’t have to travel to the North Pole to take the kids to see Santa’s Wonderland. Just down the road at the Bass Pro Shops Outpost, Saint Nick will be visiting with children daily through Christmas Eve. Crafts, games and holiday activities will be taking place, and you’ll even be able to get a free photo with Santa and a free digital Christmas card. You must get your Bass Pass online when you arrive at the store, which provides a specific time slot to see Santa.
WHERE: Bass Pro Shops at ONE DAYTONA, 1 Daytona Boulevard
WHEN: Weekdays from 5–8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m..
From visits with Santa and holiday parades to lively shows and sunny winter beach strolls, Daytona Beach is the ideal place for a winter getaway. When it comes to family fun, the list of possibilities is endless here. Start planning your trip today!