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UPDATE: Surfing Santas will remain in its familiar setting for 2023

by 321 Happy Hour

UPDATE: Great news, everyone!

Thanks to the overwhelming public support, the beloved Surfing Santas event will remain in downtown Cocoa Beach this year. Initially, organizers had planned to relocate the annual holiday extravaganza further north, but after hearing residents’ concerns, they’ve decided to keep the tradition alive in its familiar downtown setting. The event had been slated for a move to Shepard Park, away from its longtime home, which sparked a wave of opposition from residents. Thankfully, after fruitful discussions with the city and event organizers, Mayor Keith Capizzi announced that Surfing Santas will indeed take place downtown this year, marking a significant victory for the city and its residents.

Surfing Santas, the popular Christmas Eve tradition in Cocoa Beach, will relocate to a new spot in 2023. Organizers recently announced on Facebook that the event, known for attracting thousands to Brevard County, will now happen at Shepard Park, conveniently situated just 3 miles north of its previous location, where it has been held since its inception in 2009.

This festive gathering, known for its costumed surfers, has evolved into an incredibly unique charity event, with more than 800 Surfing Santas and nearly 10,000 spectators. The new venue offers several advantages, including more beachfront space, ample nearby parking, reduced congestion, handicap-accessible parking, improved restroom facilities, onsite power and water, and the availability of public gazebos.

Interestingly, the new venue is conveniently located just one block away from the Florida Surf Museum, which is actually the event’s host. This close proximity creates an exciting opportunity for more attendees to explore the museum. Surfing Santas takes place every Christmas Eve from 7:30 a.m. until approximately noon.

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