10 Santa Sightings in Gainesville!

Santa is visiting Alachua County this season!

By: Rebecca Santana

Make sure you don’t miss him! Here is a list of some of his locations this holiday season!

  1. Santa’s Workshop at the Oaks Mall
    Make sure to get your photo with Santa before he goes back to the North Pole. You can visit the Oaks Mall for this family festivity until Dec. 24.
  2. Operation Santa Delivery
    Santa’s skipping his sleigh and arriving by helicopter for this old-line occasion. Get your picture with Santa and then experience live music, games and activities for the whole family.
  3. Santa’s Wonderland Opening Day Parade
    Get a free 4×6 picture with Santa at this holiday parade. Enjoy free crafts, free food and free photos after Santa arrives and awakes the wonderland.
  4. High Springs Tree Lighting
    Experience a magical evening with a fun holiday tradition and a visit with Santa on Nov. 23
  5. Light Up Tioga
    Take a free photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus after enjoying pony rides, bounce houses and food trucks. Then gather the family to watch the lighting of the Tioga Town Center Christmas Tree.
  6. Light the Village
    Enjoy a night of lights at the Haile Village Center, and get a chance to meet Santa. The whole family can enjoy holiday music, face painting and pony rides.
  7. Butler Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Need a new holiday tradition? Come visit Santa at Butler Plaza’s first annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 8.
  8. Donuts with Santa
    Get out this holiday season for some chocolate frosted fun. With kids activities, donuts and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, you won’t want to miss it.
  9. A Children’s Holiday at Santa Fe
    Spend a fun-filled day at Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Hall with fun crafts and refreshments. Enjoy the festivities and make sure you stick around to meet Santa.
  10. Alachua Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
    Light up the town at this festive event and then watch Mr. and Mrs. Claus ride to Alan Hitchcock Theatre. Get your picture taken and receive a free goodie bag.