Santa Downtown



Reservations for Photos with Santa have sold out for 2021. We'll announce our plans for 2022 on July 1, so sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to make sure you find out first!

A small number of Santa photo sessions may be available for walk-up reservations during the event. If you are joining us for another activity, stop by the photos table and ask about Santa's availability.

Photo Package
All Digital Files$37

Gather with Santa
Our Santa photo set helps the whole family to get together for a photo while your kids and Santa talk! Your whole family can meet Santa for beautiful photos!

A Photo Experience for the Whole Family

Every night of our tours, Santa Claus will be waiting for you in his sleigh in Downtown Pensacola. Santa's sleigh has been redesigned for your whole family! Large groups can sit on presents outside of Santa's sleigh for the perfect photo.

Only one reservation is needed per family or group. Guests with reservations are welcome to bring their own cameras and take photos and videos during their visit with Santa. There are no refunds for photos but your reservations can be changed for a $20 fee per character.

Get Your Reservation


No more lines!

Skip the line with a reservation time to visit Santa. Make your reservation online or stop by to see what times are available during the event. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to your reservation and check in at the photos table in front of Santa’s sleigh.

When Can I Visit?

Santa is in his sleigh on select nights every weekend starting November 21
  • Fridays 4:30pm – 8:30pm*
  • Saturdays 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Starting December 21, Santa is downtown every day
  • Tuesday – Thursday 4:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Christmas Eve 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Letters to Santa!

While we will not be having our letters to Santa attraction this year, we will have mailboxes that go straight to the North Pole stationed around Winterfest! You can also choose to skip the unpredictability of the Postal Service, reserve a time to meet Santa, and give your letters straight to the man himself!


Intrude Upon the Grinch

And of course, Santa’s favorite nemesis, The Grinch, will also be available for photo opportunities. Just like for Santa, guests can reserve their time to visit online or in person at Winterfest!

You will be led to the Grinch’s throne, located behind Santa’s sleigh. While he LOATHES visitors, the Grinch will reluctantly allow you to intrude upon his solitude and sit on top of a few trashcan seats for a photo.


Santa's Cookie Competition!

🏅 Santa Award

Santa's favorite cookies are made with love and shared with his elves! When you visit Santa, you may bring him six homemade cookies with your written recipe and win two tickets to ride the train. Please wrap the cookies individually.

Every cookie made from scratch will be included in Mrs. Claus' recipe book! Each week Santa will pick his favorite cookie and post a description of how delicious it was on social media. Be sure to bring a copy of the recipe you used, along with your name, email, and phone number.

Elves Await

This year’s Santa experience is even better. You will be guided to meet one of Santa’s elves, who will be there with a list, ready to ask your children — and even parents! — what they want for Christmas. From there, the elf will guide your whole family to sit just outside of Santa’s sleigh, atop presents! Santa will read your Christmas wishes aloud with you before striking a pose to take photographs.


Original Quality Digital Photos

Guests will receive a festive thumb drive with all the pictures from their experience.

  Winterfest grants a nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual license to reproduce, reuse, edit, transmit and transfer these Photos with Santa to the bearer of the photographs. Download the Grant of License letter.

Don't Miss All the Christmas Fun!

The snow will fall in Plaza Wonderland and you can ride the Winterfest Express electric train to see the lovely sights of Downtown at Christmas!

Check out all of our tours, and keep your eyes open for a certain someone from the Bayou