This holiday season, trade those winter coats and trekking through the snow for some relaxation and fun in the sun on Cocoa Beach.

It’s the perfect place to unwind if you’re planning to forego a white Christmas. Don’t worry though! There’s still plenty of Christmas tradition taking place for you to enjoy some holiday cheer.

Santa loves coming to Cocoa Beach every Christmas Eve before he delivers toys to good boys and girls. Surfing Santas Cocoa Beach is an annual, holiday tradition that draws huge crowds and hundreds of surfers dressed up at Ol’ Saint Nick. However, if you’re looking to do more than attend Surfing Santas, there’s plenty of options for you.

Here’s a few ways to make most of your stay and enjoy the holidays in Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast!

2023 Room Special for Surfing Santas Visitors

The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront looks forward to hosting you while attending Surfing Santa’s 2023! This special group page will ensure the discounted rate of $149 per night for a City View King / Double Queen or $179 per night for a Coastline View King / Double Queen Room with round trip shuttle service to Downtown Cocoa Beach for up to 2 guests. (Complimentary guest room Wi-Fi is also included.) When booking your room reservation online please be sure to follow the instructions listed below.

Please make your reservations prior to the reservation cut-off date of December 4, 2023 at 11:59pm eastern time as this discount will vanish after that date and time.

To Make an online reservation and book your room:

  1. Book Now! Surfing Santa’s 2023 Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront room discount
  2. Then, Click on Book a room button
  3. Enter your Arrival/Departure Dates and the number of guests in the room
  4. Confirm Reservation with Contact Details and Credit Card

Telephone Booking Steps:

  1. Reservation Telephone: 1-866-580-7402
  2. Provide the group code: SANTA
  3. Provide your Arrival/Departure Dates and the number of guests in the room
  4. Confirm Reservation with Contact Details and Credit Card

Local Attractions

Florida Surf Museum

Experience the heritage and culture of East Coast surfing. The Florida Surf Museum produces exhibits exploring the history and evolution of surfing – the people, places, boards, culture and more.

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Ron Jon Surf Shop

Need to do some last-minute holiday shopping? With 52,000 square feet filled floor to ceiling with merchandise, you will find something for everyone on your list! Whether this is your first beach vacation experience or you’re a well-seasoned beach bum, you’ll find the best selection of surf, skate, swim and beach essentials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week…including Christmas Day!

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Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is a historical landmark on the Space Coast. Home to five restaurants, four bars most with spectacular views of the beach, gift shops and live entertainment that will keep everyone enjoying their visit. The Pier also offers beach rentals, fresh water showers, regulation beach volleyball courts, lifeguards year-round and some of the best surfing on the east coast.

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Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Just steps away from the beautiful sandy beach and 20 minutes from Port Canaveral Cruise Port. Enjoy our outdoor pool deck and covered Tiki Bar. Our hotel offers direct beach access with bikes and beach equipment available to rent. We have several beach activities available including deep-sea fishing and surfing lessons.

Salt Restaurant and Lounge offers casual American cuisine, fresh seafood, and creative cocktails. Visit Longboards Tiki Beach Grille for laidback all-day dining with pool and beach access. For lighter fare, try Castaway’s Beach Bar, Cool Beans coffee shop, and Gilberto’s Gelato & Creamery. Special room rates availble! (See top of page)

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Country Inn & Suites, Port Canaveral

Welcome to the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Canaveral, FL, located about a mile from the port, where you can board a cruise with Carnival, Norwegian, Disney, Royal Caribbean, or MSC. From our rooms, you can see docked cruise ships waiting to sail, enjoy stunning views of the Intercoastal Waterway, or even glimpse a Falcon 9 rocket being towed back to port. Just 15 minutes away, Cocoa Beach offers plenty of entertainment, and we’re also one of the closest hotels to Kennedy Space Center. Here for business? Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is nearby along with top employers like NASA, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and SpaceX.

On arrival, you can recharge with complimentary cookies and coffee in our lobby while you use free Wi-Fi to check in with loved ones. Our fitness center and outdoor pool offer a place to stretch your legs or simply relax. In the mornings, drop by our dining room to start your day with a free, hot breakfast.

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Dinosaur Store

Housing one of the most incredible collections of fossils and minerals in the world, including authentic shark teeth, dinosaur eggs, meteorites and amber specimens, visitors will have loads of fun exploring the two-story museum and kid-friendly adventure zone.

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Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf offers two 18-hole courses of exciting miniature golf in a tropical fishing village-themed environment, 24 flavors at the 3 Scoops ice cream bar, and premium craft beers from Florida’s top breweries including Tequesta Brewing Company, Funky Buddha and Twisted Trunk.

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Space Coast Light Fest

The Space Coast Light Festival is a holiday themed drive-through event transforming Fred Poppe Park into a virtual winter wonderland. This is a family oriented celebration featuring shimmering lights and animated displays.

A journey through the 1.3 mile park will take your breath away as your family experiences the wonders of the holiday season. The climax of your journey will end as you pass through a 200 foot “Light Tunnel” exploding with light.

Location: Fred Poppe Regional Park Palm Bay

2023 Update

Due to reasons beyond our control, we have decided to cancel the light festival until further notice.

However, we remain optimistic and hopeful. The magic and wonder of the Light Festival is only being paused, not extinguished. We are dedicated to bringing back the festival in all its luminous glory as soon as it is feasible.

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Brevard Zoo

This community-built zoo’s mission is ‘Wildlife conservation through education and participation.’ It’s a world-class zoo that serves as a conservation hub where people gather to learn about animals, nature and conservation. You can feed giraffes or exotic birds, take a kayak tour–even kayaking out to mingle with lemurs–or view the zoo from overhead through the spectacular Treetop Trek, an aerial adventure of climbing, zip lining and more. There’s even a water play area for young children. Brevard Zoo is a small zoo that does big things!

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Long Doggers, Cocoa Beach

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a laid-back, American eatery with a surf shop atmosphere and a fantastic menu. Serving up wings, burgers, seafood bowls, salads, and the signature Long Dogger hot dogs, and beer everyone, including those with picky palates will walk away totally satisfied. Choose to dine indoors or under the large covered outdoor space. In the rare case that should you have to wait to be seated, time will fly by as you entertain yourself with the outdoor games.

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Coconuts on the Beach

Literally right on the beach and located where Surfing Santas takes place, Coconuts on the Beach is a popular choice for those wanting to watch the waves, sip some drinks and grab a bite to eat. The restaurant serves sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta.

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Juice N Java

Locals and visitors alike visit Juice N Java not only for their coffee but also their fantastic menu, which includes all-natural fruit smoothies, bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps, Panini sandwiches, soups and salads. The ambiance there is much like a coffee house and is the perfect place to stop by before Surfing Santas takes place.

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Café Surfinista

Not only is The Surfinista a surf shop and art gallery, but it’s also a café. Specializing in organic acai and pitaya bowls, its menu also includes fresh organic juices and light lunch options.

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Fat Kahuna’s Grill & Bar

Fat Kahuna’s Grill & Bar offers seafood, steak, chicken, pulled pork, gourmet burgers, soft tacos, jumbo shrimp and other dishes to delight any appetite. From “sushi-grade” tuna to coconut shrimp, shark au poivre, bacon cheddar burger to melt in your mouth calamari, they have it all. Top this off with a kiss of aloha and this will be a meal to remember.

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Florida Key Lime Pie Company

The Florida Key Lime Pie Company paints a picture of inspiration and influence from the Florida Keys. The company offers several different versions of their cold and refreshing Key Lime Pie as individual servings such as their signature “Key Lime Pie in a Cup” available in both a regular and chocolate graham cracker crust, as well as a gluten free option. Plus, the store has an emphasis on Florida Made products like handcrafted beers, wine, and much more.

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Fat Snook

With a thumbs-up by world-famous chef, Emeril Lagasse, come experience the mouth-watering menu of the Fat Snook. Take in the sights and smells of this ‘seafood centric’ restaurant, complete with a scratch kitchen, and casual, Caribbean feel. The Fat Snook is known for it’s whimsical atmosphere, fresh and delicious food offerings, and ’boutique-style craft beers and wines from around the world.’ Dedicated to supporting local purveyors, you can taste the freshness of every dish, in every bite.

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Grills Riverside – Melbourne

Along with its stunning water views, Grills proudly offers the finest quality local fish prepared using the healthiest and most delicious processes available. This is a family friendly spot, offering traditional and specialty breakfasts daily, a kids menu, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Enjoy a large selection of marinated and grilled fish, seafood, steaks, ribs, and chicken entrees. The extensive menu also features chowders, salads, pastas, kabobs and sandwiches. You can dine indoors or outdoors, taking in the beautiful water view. There is a full bar, and live music Wednesday through Saturday.

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