5 places to spot Santa himself on the Gulf Coast this holiday season

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“SANTA! I KNOW HIM!” Photo via Lynda Hinton for Unsplash

The holiday season is upon us! Now I know we are all prepping for Thanksgiving—the food, the family, the fun. But in my house, the day after Thanksgiving is the first day of Christmas, meaning decorations go up, Christmas carols ring through the house, and we all start feeling both holly and jolly. If you have a similar tradition, then you might be planning your family’s yearly trip to go see Santa. We’ve got you covered, with 5 events on the Gulf Coast where you and your kiddos can go visit Santa.

1. Storytime with Santa and his Elves at OWA

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Downtown OWA is an awesome and fun place to go see Santa. Photo via OWA

OWA amusement park loves going all-out for holidays, and Christmas is no exception. Bring your littles on over to downtown OWA to their North Pole, where Santa will be reading all the best Christmas tales, with help from some friendly elves.

2. Spanish Fort’s “Spirit of Christmas” Parade

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Who on the Gulf Coast doesn’t love a good parade? Photo via City of Spanish Fort

Down here where Mardi Gras reigns supreme, we love having a parade for just about anything. This, of course, includes Christmas parades where Santa himself closes out the parade. Check out the “Spirit of Christmas” parade to see some JROTC marching, some high school marching bands and, of course, Santa!

3. Local Artisan Christmas Market

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Shopping & Santa? Yes please! Photo via Eastern Shore Centre

Need to knock out two birds with one stone—Christmas shopping and getting your littles to see Santa? You’ll for sure want to visit the Eastern Shore Local Artisan Christmas Market, complete with a visit from Santa himself, who will be taking photos on the stage.

4. Saturday with Santa

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Nothing like a Saturday with Santa. Photo via Blackhorse Gifts

Blackhorse Gifts in Saraland is celebrating their one-year anniversary the best way they know how—a special appearance by Santa! Join them on November 27th for food, giveaways, shopping, and Christmas festivities.

5. Pancake breakfast with Santa

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Two of your kid’s favorite things—Santa and sweets for breakfast. Photo via Tillman’s Corner Community Center

Come on out to the TIllman’s Corner Community Center to get some delicious pancakes and a photo with Santa! Kids 10 & under eat free and it’s $5 for parents to grab some pancakes too.


Where are you planning on seeing Santa this year? Tag us @thebamabuzz and let us know.

Looking to get more holiday shopping done? Check out our local holiday gift guide.

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Liv George
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