Along the Gulfshore


Santa Greets, You Eat

So your kids or grandkids want to hop on the big guy’s lap. Here’s where to find him—and how to make everybody giddy by hitting up a nearby restaurant.

 

COASTLAND CENTER

Location: Naples, U.S. 41 and Golden Gate Parkway

Santa’s hours: Daily through Dec. 24: Until Dec. 15, noon to 8 p.m. (Sundays to 6 p.m.); Dec. 15-23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (photo packages available for purchase; online reservations can be made here)

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: Jimmy P’s Charred, Dorona, Fuse Global Cuisine, Fuse BBQ, Kitchen 41, Caffe dell’Amore

Sit-down choice(s) on-site: Aurelio’s Pizza, The Cheesecake Factory

 

EDISON MALL

Location: Fort Myers, U.S. 41 between Winkler Avenue and Colonial Boulevard

Santa’s hours: Daily through Dec. 24: Until Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (photo packages available for purchase)

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: Ginger Bistro, Ginza, India’s Grill, Molon Labe Souvlaki

Sit-down choice(s) on-site: Monarca’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine Bar & Grill

 

MIROMAR OUTLETS

Location: Estero, I-75 and Corkscrew Road

Santa’s hours: Daily through Dec. 23: Monday to Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (free 4-by-6 print, plus photo packages available for purchase)

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: Thai Udon Café, Tacos & Tequila Cantina, Skillets

Sit-down choice(s) on-site: Ford’s Garage, Fusion 212, La Bamba Real Mexican Food Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Luna Rossa Italian Grill, Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar, Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Lounge

 

SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS (IN GULF COAST TOWN CENTER)

Location: Fort Myers, I-75 and Alico Road

Santa’s hours: Daily through Dec. 24: Until Dec. 23, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free 4-by-6 print, plus photo packages available for purchase; free activities each day and kids also eat free at the store’s Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant)

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: Artisan Eatery, Fancy’s Southern Café, Fat Katz Sports Bistro, Fine Folk Pizza, Two Meatballs in the Kitchen, The Eatery by Ryan

Sit-down choice(s) on-site: Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant, Connors Steak & Seafood, P.F. Chang’s, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Brahma, Famous Dave’s, Aurelio’s Pizza

 

THE VILLAGE SHOPS ON VENETIAN BAY

Location: Naples, Gulf Shore Boulevard North and Park Shore Drive

Santa’s hours: Dec. 15 and 22, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 23, 3-5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 2-5 p.m. (complimentary photos with Santa, plus other entertainment, including a snow show; for details, click here)

Great sit-down choice(s) on-site: M Waterfront Grille, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, MiraMare Ristorante, T-Michaels Steak & Lobster, The Village Pub

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: USS Nemo, Swan River Seafood, Lamoraga, Alexander’s

 

WATERSIDE SHOPS

Location: Naples, U.S. 41 and Pine Ridge Road

Santa’s hours: Dec. 15 only, noon to 4 p.m. (no photos provided; guests encouraged to use their personal cameras)

Great sit-down choice(s) on-site: BrickTop’s, True Food Kitchen, Brio Tuscan Grille, Nordstrom Café Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen

Foodie-approved option(s) nearby: Cibao Grille, Amore Ristorante, Rosedale Brick Oven Pizza, Sushi One, Casamigos, Shula's