Nearly 600 Santas hit the waves.
Surfing Santas
Credit: NPI/Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism

Santa Claus manged to carve out some time to put on his wetsuit and take a break from chimney duty in Cocoa Beach, Florida on Christmas Eve.

For the 10th annual Surfing Santas extravaganza, nearly 600 "Santas" surfed in Cocoa Beach on the morning of December 24th. For the event, roughly 10,000 spectators also came out in their finest holiday ensembles on Tuesday morning to cheer on all the Saint Nicks. Beyond surfing, the party also featured live music and performances, and even an appearance from the Grinch.

To honor the season of giving, proceeds from the event each year are donated to several charities. On this Christmas Eve, the bash raised $40,000 for two local non-profit organizations: Grind for Life and the Florida Surf Museum. In all, Surfing Santas has raised $170,000 since its inception. In addition to the generous financial gifts, earlier this month members of the organization also visited a children's hospital to deliver gifts and spread holiday joy to patients and their loved ones. What a sweet and thoughtful gesture during the holiday season from all these fine ladies and fellas from the North Pole.

Indeed, it's amazing to see how what started as a simple family outing in 2009 for George Trosset and his family has evolved into a  spectacle for thousands of people from around the world to enjoy. Below, check out the official video from Tuesday's festivities.

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We don't know about you, but we have a serious case of wishing we were there for the fun. Next year, we'll be planning our Christmas vacation to the Cocoa Beach area in Florida's Space Coast accordingly.  So tell us, dear readers: What's your favorite holiday event in the South? Have you ever headed to Cocoa Beach to check out this extravaganza? Will we see you next year?