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Donuts with Santa 2018

gainesville donuts with santa

Gainesville FL Moms Blog is so excited to present our first annual premier kids and families holiday event; Donuts with Santa! We’re thrilled to meet you and spread holiday cheer at The Depot Event Space on December 16th from 10am-12pm. We’ll spend the morning visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa, and of course holiday activities and donuts!

Who: All Gainesville area families

What: A morning with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday activities, donuts, story time and carols with Mrs. Claus and of course, a professional photo with Santa!

Where: The Depot Event Space, 201 SE Depot Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

When: Sunday December 16, 2018 from 10am-12pm

Ticket Price: $10.00 (+ fees as applicable) {PURCHASE TICKETS}

All Tickets Include:

  • Access to the event and all refreshments and activities
  • Professional digital photo with Santa

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Title Sponsors

the depot event space

Parkside is perfect for your event! Inside our rustic rooms at beautiful Depot Station we host lovely weddings, spirited birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers & more. We offer on-premise catering and sensational sunsets. The Boxcar Beer & Wine Bar is next door for your beverage delights! The venue can accommodate 100 guests for a seated buffeted dinner and up to 150 guests for a cocktail-style reception. To book contact: [email protected]

Santa Bill

santa bill

Santa ‘Bill’ has been portraying the “Big Guy” for nearly 14 years now. His first appearance was at a department store in upstate New York. Then the family relocated to Florida. Through our association with The High Springs Community Theater (and the fact that his beard was now mostly grey with some white), he landed the job of Santa at the annual High Springs Tree Lighting Festival. Santa had so much fun that he purchased his own suit so he could do it again. After several years of being solo, Santa convinced Mrs. Claus to join him. Eventually we were in the High Springs parade as well as the tree lighting ceremony.

Since those humble beginnings we have opened our property to the public for a tour of our Forest of Lights in November and then appear at many locations during the month of December. We provide Santa services for home parties, church parties, festivals, parades, businesses, and schools. Santa Bill is a member of The Palm Tree Santas and IBRBS (International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas). We have attended several schools for Santa and both Santa and Mrs. Claus have their Master’s Degrees in Santaclausology. Santa has a current background check and both are covered with liability insurance. Visit to book Santa for your event!


Are you a local business interested in participating? Email [email protected]

Teddy Bear Mobile

teddy bear mobile gainesville

Tired of the average party or fundraiser?

Do you love to plan extraordinary events that have kids smiling from ear to ear?

Does the thought of spending too much money on the same old party to watch kids jump around on the same old inflatables, buy the same plants, pretzels and wrapping paper make you cringe?

Well look no further, you have found the perfect party or event!

No matter what size or budget we have a package that suits your needs.

We bring a Create-Your-Own Stuffed Animal party to YOU!!!

Everyone is involved at a Teddy Bear Mobile Party!

Children get to pick out their own furry animal, help stuff them, pick out a fun outfit and name their new friend. The best part is they get to take their new friend to their new forever home and enjoy them for many years to come.


Please note all of the details below as you prepare to purchase tickets:

  • Everyone attending MUST have a ticket. We need to keep a strict count of all people (parents, children, and babies) who will be in attendance for planning purposes.
  • Tickets are $10 (+ fees as applicable). Everyone must have a ticket.  
  • Each ticket is all-inclusive and includes the following:
    • Meet and Greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus
    • Donuts and beverages
    • Storytime, carols, and jokes with Santa and Mrs. Claus
    • Holiday crafts and activities thanks to our generous sponsors
    • Digital photo with Santa per family to be sent one week following the event via email. We will have a beautiful photo area with Santa’s special chair to create a lovely holiday image memory.

*Disclaimers: No tickets will be sold at the door, and you must be registered to attend so that we can plan accordingly. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RAIN CHECKS. THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE. Tickets are transferable but not refundable. In the event that you cannot attend the event and we have a wait list, we will do our best to assist you in finding another person to exchange/give/or sell your ticket if the need arises and/or if time allows. Photos will be taken at the event and of attendees for use on the blog and on social media by Gainesville FL Moms Blog and sponsors. By registering for this event, you acknowledge that your email will be added to our newsletter mailing list so we can communicate future events and GFMB information.

palmetto and pine

We’d like to offer a special thanks to Palmetto & Pine for supporting this event through volunteering their hands to help with tasks during the event. From the founder:

Palmetto & Pine is an innovative local startup that believes:
That parents deserve to have a safe space to maintain a sense of self and productivity throughout the turbulent and uncertain transition to parenthood and beyond.
That parents deserve to have affordable access to childcare and a safe, clean, calm, compassionate environment in which to work and relax.
And we’ll be bringing it to you in the Spring of 2019…for $5 per day.
Pre-Registration opens December 26 at