The Most Coastal Santa Arrivals Ever
Lobster Boat: Kennebunkport, Maine
This quaint port town is known for its lobstermen and buttery lobster rolls—a fact that’s not lost on St. Nick. In true coastal Maine style, Santa cruises into town during the annual Christmas Prelude on a real working lobster boat (complete with two lobster elves!). In addition to Santa’s New England-esque arrival, the festive weekend includes craft fairs, wine tastings, a lobster supper, and the lighting of a tree made entirely of lobster traps.
Skydiving: Pacific City, Oregon
In this charming Pacific Northwest town, St. Nick literally drops in to signal the start of the holiday season. If you miss the exciting arrival on the sand, not to worry: There’s plenty of time throughout the month to pay a visit to Kris Kringle at his workshop, which is located in—wait for it—a colorful Airstream on the beach. We like your style, Santa.
Parasail: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Each Christmas morning, families staying at the luxe Half Moon resort awake to a surprising gift outside their windows—Santa himself parasailing through the Caribbean skies. Once the jolly holiday hero hits dry land, he straps up his donkey (yes, donkey) and strolls over to the hotel lobby to deliver gifts and Christmas cheer.
Outrigger Canoe: Honolulu, Hawai
In this idyllic string of tropical islands, there’s only one way to say Aloha to the Christmas season: with the annual arrival of Santa in is his own personal Outrigger canoe. Catch up with Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve near the beaches of Oahu’s Halekulani Resort, where he’ll be welcomed ashore by a troop of Keiki Hula Dancers and a holiday party for kids and adults alike.
Surfing: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Weeks before hundreds of aspiring Santas take to the surf of Cocoa Beach, Florida, for the annual Surfing Santas event, the one-and-only big guy shows off his wave riding skills in the official holiday welcome. After hanging ten in a beard and red board shorts, St. Nick heads to the beach to pass out candy to kids.
Scuba: Seattle, Washington
Here’s proof that Santa pays a visit to naughty and nice creatures on land and underwater. Beginning in November, he’ll strap an oxygen tank to his red velour suit and swim with the fishes in a 120,000-gallon tank at the Seattle Aquarium. It’s a unique photo opp, though you’ll have to bring a pen and paper if you plan to deliver your Christmas wish list, too.
Waterski: Alexandria, Virginia
Christmas Eve brings perhaps the biggest spectacle on the Potomac River, when Santa Claus and a slew of friends and adversaries (we’re looking at you, Mr. Grinch) hop on boats, jet skis, and water skis and splash around in the chilly water. The event started more than 30 years ago as punishment for a lost bet; now, the tradition is anticipated with smiles instead of frowns.