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Know Your Neighbor – Santa Claus

Know Your Neighbor – Santa Claus

Kriss Kringle brings Happy Holidays to Greater Gainesville


He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good, for goodness’ sake.

Both the naughty and the nice agree- nothing adds to the wonder and awe of the Christmas season like Santa Claus. The world’s favorite jolly old saint embodies the magic of the holiday. St. Nick and his sleigh full of gifts are symbolic of the giving spirit of the season.

“I’m hard at work with my elves all year at the North Pole preparing toys for all the girls and boys, but I have set aside time to join the Greater Gainesville community for some very special holiday events,” he said.

Christmas Bonus

Greater Gainesville residents who want to add some extra holiday cheer to their celebration can invite the patron Saint of Christmas and his faithful friends for a personalized home visit. The state of Florida’s only live reindeer are also available to be part of your holiday festivities.

Families interested in the holiday magic without an in-person visit can schedule a virtual one. A live virtual session includes personalized messages and allows children to speak to Santa in real time.

Visit to book a spot on his calendar.


See Santa at one of these festive events in Gainesville:

Light Up Tioga, 13085 SW 1st Lane, Newberry                                                              

Saturday, December 2, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The annual tree-lighting festival features live performances, food trucks and other family fun, including a visit from Santa.

Holiday at Santa Fe College, Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall

Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Perry the mouse and Santa Claus journey through the forest to make it snow. The interactive and educational performance is followed by a meet and greet with the animals.

Hawthorne Christmas Festival, Downtown Hawthorne                                                             

Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                         

The family-friendly festival includes a parade, tree lighting and bounce houses. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for photos with children.

City of Alachua Tree Lighting, Main Street                                                                                  

Friday, December 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.                                                                

The classic tradition includes children’s ornament decorating, hot chocolate and photos with Santa.

LifeSouth Operation Santa Delivery, Santa Fe College North Fields             

Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.                                                                                      

Santa arrives by ShandsCair helicopter while families enjoy a carnival-style celebration complete with games, arts and crafts and food.

See Also

Festive Movie Night

Tioga will feature The Santa Clause during their last movie night of the year Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.


Holiday Spirit at The Hippodrome


The Ultimate Christmas Show

November 24 – December 23

The crowd-favorite is filled with slapstick fun as comedians celebrate holiday traditions.


A Christmas Carol

November 25 – December 23

People of all ages will appreciate Scrooge’s redemption through dance and songs.

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