Search­ing for Santa?

Here’s where to find him this hol­i­day sea­son in Cen­tral Florida

Orlando Sentinel - - IN THEATERS NOW - By Kath­leen Chris­tiansen

While Santa Claus won’t make his trip around the world de­liv­er­ing gifts to good boys and girls un­til the end of the month, he is mak­ing lo­cal ap­pear­ances. Here are a few places to find Saint Nick and snag a photo in the Or­lando area.

Santa’s stop­ping by Princesses and Princes (1637 E. Sil­ver Star Road in Ocoee) from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 to read a hol­i­day story and take pho­tos. face­book.com

Not only can hu­mans snag a pic with the big man him­self daily through Dec. 24, but pets can also get in on the fun from 5 p.m. to set close on Mon­days at the court be­tween Macy’s and Cen­ter Court. 451 E. Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Springs; al­ta­mon­temall.com

Visit Santa’s Won­der­land and get free pho­tos with Kris Kringle — in ad­di­tion to gratis crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties — through Dec. 24 at Bass Pro Shops. 5156 In­ter­na­tional Drive in Or­lando; 407-563-5200; basspro.com

En­joy a buf­fet and snag pho­tos with Santa from 8-11 a.m. on Dec. 14 at Joe’s Crab Shack, 8400 In­ter­na­tional Drive in Or­lando. eventbrite.com

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus while you mix and min­gle with crit­ters at a wildlife sanc­tu­ary. 3-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Amaz­ing An­i­mals Inc., 4235 Ram­bler Ave. in Saint Cloud; $10 per per­son (free for ages 2 and younger, plus $2 off for teach­ers, mil­i­tary, po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers and EMTs); face­book.com

Af­ter the Dec. 14 pa­rade, get pho­tos with the big man at Vance Har­mon Park in Poin­ciana. face­book.com

Head to the Christ­mas Tree Trail chalet to meet Santa and his helpers. Free with op­tion to pur­chase a Me­mory Maker photo pack­age; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily through Dec. 24; 1486 Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista; dis­neysprings.com

Santa Claus vis­its the Eola House (512 E. Washington St.) from 4:30-9 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days and 5-8 p.m. Sun­days through Dec. 22. down­townor­lando.com

Meet sev­eral San­tas while tour­ing the World Show­case at Ep­cot (200 Ep­cot Cen­ter Drive in Or­lando), in­clud­ing Père Noël in France. To meet

Santa and Mrs. Claus, head to the Amer­i­can Pavil­ion at 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. through­out the hol­i­day sea­son.

Santa has moved into Cen­ter Court at The Florida Mall for the hol­i­day sea­son. 407-851-7234; si­mon.com

Book a Santa Photo Ex­pe­ri­ence ($22.95-$25.95, plus add-ons) in ad­vance and get free park ad­mis­sion, free park­ing, a free Carousel ride, a free train ride aboard Santa’s North Pole Ex­press and un­lim­ited phone pho­tos and videos. Through Dec. 24; 5700 Fun Spot Way in Or­lando; 407-217-2110; fun-spot.com

Part of the fun at this an­nual cel­e­bra­tion is get­ting your photo taken with Santa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Nehrling Gar­dens, 2267 Hem­pel Ave. in Gotha; nehrling­gar­dens.org

Get pho­tos with Santa at the Once Upon a Time store at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, 351 S. Stu­dio Drive in Lake Buena Vista.

Be­fore the pa­rade, stop by the Hol­i­day House at the Kis­sim­mee Civic Cen­ter from 4-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 for pho­tos with Santa. face­book.com

On se­lect nights, Santa will make ap­pear­ances at the Barnes and Noble next to Ad­di­tion Fi­nan­cial Arena. 12777 Gem­ini Blvd. N. in Or­lando; 407-823-6006; ligh­tupucf.com

Guests to Mickey’s Very Merry Christ­mas Party can get pho­tos with Santa Claus in­ter­mit­tently from 7 p.m.mid­night at the Candy Cane Gar­den to­ward the front of the park. 1180 Seven Seas Drive in Lake Buena Vista

Through Dec. 24, visit with Santa Claus and choose from a va­ri­ety of photo op­tions from pro­fes­sional shots to pic­tures with your per­sonal cam­era or phone. The pho­tos help raise money for Or­lando Health Arnold Palmer Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren. 4200 Con­roy Road in Or­lando; 407-363-3555; mal­lat­mil­lenia.com

From 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 16, get pho­tos with Santa at Win­ter Gar­den Vil­lage at Fowler Groves, 3251 Daniels Road in Win­ter Gar­den.

Not only does Santa para­chute into this event, but he’s also stop­ping to

KATH­LEEN CHRIS­TIANSEN/OR­LANDO SENTINEL

Père Noël makes ap­pear­ances in the France Pavil­ion through­out Fes­ti­val of the Hol­i­days at Ep­cot.

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