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Santa Mailbox Locations



Presented by

Salah Foundation Children's Hospital Broward Health logo

With your parent’s or guardian’s permission,

 click here to receive a message from Santa Claus.


You never know … you might catch Santa or his Elves picking up the mail at these locations.

Look for Santa Mailboxes at the following locations in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Greater Fort Lauderdale Area:

Mailboxes are in location NOW:

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill
3115 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Broward Health North
201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Broward Health Imperial Point
6401 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Broward Health Coral Springs
3000 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

Joseph C. Carter Park
1450 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Holiday Park
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Riverside Hotel
620 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Stranahan House
335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Winterfest at the LOOP – November 28, December 5, and December 12 Winterfest will have a booth at the LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park). Santa will be popping in to grab a LaCroix sample and pick up his letters.
3000 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Xtreme Action Park
5300 Powerline Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333091

12 Days of Christmas on Las Olas – December 1-12
The Las Olas Association is bringing an Old-Fashioned Christmas Town to the Boulevard. Drop off your letter and vote for your favorite decorated storefront, Christmas tree, or costumed pet with Winterfest.

You might even catch the Jolly Ol’ Man himself walking along our beautiful downtown area.

* Broward Health Hospitals will have FREE Santa Letter Supplies in their Gift Shops (while supplies last).

Download the Winterfest Parade App to get notices, sighting updates and mailbox locations or visit Winterfestparade.com

Not in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area or want to send your letter electronically?

With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, click here to receive a message from Santa Claus.

2020 Television Special Airings

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH WINTERFEST SOUTH FLORIDA AND BEYOND: Watch the Winterfest® Television Special on WSVN 7 on December 19 (10 a.m.), December 25 (5 a.m. and 11 a.m.), and January 1 (5 a.m. and 12 noon). FOX Sports Sun will be airing the Winterfest® Television Special throughout the holiday season. Check local listings.

PARTY AT HOME IN BOSTON: Sister stations will air the Parade on December 26 at 3-4 p.m. (WHDH) and December 27 at 4-5 p.m.(WLVI).


December 24th   7 PM

December 25th 7:30 AM and 6 PM

December 27th 12 PM

December 28th 12 PM

December 29th 5 PM

December 31st 7:30 AM

Looking for more “Holiday Television Magic”? Click on these links to view other holiday shows:



Looking for Holiday Music? Our partners at iHeart have Christmas links on their website: https://www.iheart.com/live/iheart-christmas-4596

DIY – Holiday Fun – Ornaments

Winterfest is looking online for fun and creative festive fun for the whole family! From recipes to decorations, Winterfest is working on a few easy links to make this year “together” memorable. Keep visiting this page as we expand on how to get creative this holiday season.

HOMEMADE ORNAMENTS: Want to create a memory for your tree? Meet Winterfest’s Workshop Wizard – 7-year-old James T. (J.T.) Floyd – the star of our “How To Ornament Videos. ” He will show us how to make Boat, Gnome, and Snowflake Ornaments.

Visit a Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby, or other location to pick up the following items and print out or re-create the easy templates on this page.

DIY Gnome Ornament in the Winterfest Workshop – Thank you to The Media Lab
DIY Boat Ornament in the Winterfest Workshop – Thank you to The Media Lab
DIY Snowflake Ornament in the Winterfest Workshop – Thank you to The Media Lab

OTHER CRAFT IDEAS (cookie links at the end of this post) :

DIY Ornament Video Ideas from Hobby Lobby:


Sailboat Ornament: https://www.cleanandscentsible.com/driftwood-sailboat-ornament/

Country Crafts (75 Ornament ideas): https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g1070/easy-to-make-christmas-ornament-crafts/

Salt Dough Ornaments: https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g4965/salt-dough-ornament-ideas/?slide=6

50 Coastal Holiday Decorating Ideas: https://www.prudentpennypincher.com/50-cheap-easy-diy-coastal-christmas-decorations/

Not in the Mood to Look for Items to Make Ornaments? Amazon has kits to make that memory: https://www.amazon.com/Ornament-Crafts-Kids/s?k=Ornament+Crafts+for+Kids

Gingerbread men cookies

What are the holidays without tasty treats from the Kitchen?


Linzer Cookies – Peppermint Melt-Away Cookies – Chocolate Truffle Bars recipes from Publix Aprons: https://ww4.publix.com/aprons-recipes/holiday-cookie-exchange

Santa’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies https://socialapps.publix.com/christmas/chocolate-chip-cookies

Gingerbread People https://socialapps.publix.com/christmas/gingerbread-people

Sugar Cookies https://socialapps.publix.com/christmas/sugar-cookies

Hannukkah Desserts (cookies and cakes) : https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/hanukkah/g1344/hanukkah-treat-recipes/

Santa on the Waterway

Oh, you better watch out – Winterfest is telling you why – Santa Claus is taking a boat ride in December. The date and time are still a secret so come back to this page soon.

Special thank you to the City of Fort Lauderdale and Water Taxi for hosting Santa while the Parade takes a hiatus for 2020. Afterall, It’s not the Holidays until Winterfest brings Santa to Town!

Pop-Up Santa

Santa's Coming to Fort Lauderdale

The Greater Fort Lauderdale area is known as a vacation playground with its beautiful beaches, waterways, restaurants, hotels, and more. It is also Santa’s favorite place to stop for a little fun before and after his busiest day.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Fort Lauderdale are secretly treating Santa Claus as a tourist. And, guess what? Winterfest will have the evidence! Come back to this page the first week of November to find out where Jolly Ol’ Elf will be visiting during his stay before the “big night.” Winterfest is going to “Catch Santa Under the Florida Sun on Social Media.”

Rumor has it: Santa is flying into Fort Lauderdale on Southwest Airlines and will be driving thru town on a convertible Mustang, Sorry, Rudolph – no reindeer on this vacation!

Track Santa on our App – click link – pick your phone and download today: https://winterfestparade.com/santa

NOVEMBER 28th Rumor has it: Santa will be at Las Olas Oceanside Park on November 28th and will be picking up mail. Other locations he is picking up from is Stranahan House and Riverside Hotel.

Storytime with Santa

Our virtual storytime with Santa Claus had a little gremlin issue but no worries – Winterfest and the elves at the North Pole just finished the video and it is now available on our website and social media.

ADDED bonus: Songstress Julia Dale popped in to sing a few songs prior to the reading of ” ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas.” This video will remain on our site and social media during the month of December.

Special thanks to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Visit Lauderdale, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau for working behind the scenes to bring Santa Claus to the Historic Stranahan House for this special reading.

Special Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Winterfest in bringing Santa to your home this December.

Don’t have the book? Click here for a 4-page print out