Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa Events in Lakeland & Polk County

2017-11-15T15:04:26+00:00November 3, 2017|Christmas & Holiday, Family Friendly Events|

Whether you’re looking for a great Santa photo, or your kids prefer to admire Santa from afar, we’ve got photo locations and events for you. Santa will be visiting Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Fort Meade, Auburndale – he’s covering all of Polk County! We’ve listed as many Santa opportunities as we could find, because sometimes it takes more than one try to get a good photo…

Santa Photo Locations

Santa Photos at Lakeland Square Mall

Santa arrives at Lakeland Square Mall on Saturday, November 18 and will visit with children daily until he returns to the North Pole on December 24. Located near Dillard’s.

November:  Mon-Sat 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 6 pm
December:  Mon – Sat 10:00 am – 9 pm; Sun 11:00 am – 6 pm

Location: Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
Cost: Prices vary, packages available. Click here for mall info.

Santa Photos at Lakeside Village

Santa will be at the Lakeside Village Christmas Tree on Saturday afternoons for Christmas wishes and keepsake photos {bring your own camera}. Pet Photos are welcome on any of the listed Saturdays.

Saturday, November 25 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 2 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 9 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 16 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 23 from 1-5pm

Location: Lakeside Village, 1535 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803 (MAP IT)
Cost: FREE- Bring your own camera
More info: Facebook Page and Lakeside Village Website

Santa’s Workshop at Lakeside Village is not opening this year. This was the indoor location where Santa was set up with a sleigh and you could take photos or purchase professional photos. Instead, Santa will be appearing near the Christmas Tree for free photos.

Pictures with Santa at Eagle Ridge Mall

Santa arrives at Eagle Ridge Mall on Saturday, November 19 and will visit with children daily until he returns to the North Pole on December 24. Reservation times for Santa Photos are available.

November 18 – December 8
Monday – Saturday – 12pm – 7pm
Sunday – 12pm – 6pm

December 9 – 17
Monday – Friday – 12pm – 7pm
Saturday – 10am – 8pm
Sunday – 11am – 6pm

December 18 – 23 – 10am – 8pm Daily
December 24 – 9am – 5pm

Location: 451 Eagle Ridge Dr. Lake Wales, FL 33859 (MAP IT)
Cost: Packages vary. You may NOT take photos with your own camera.
More info: Eagle Ridge Mall Website
Reservations: Click here (note that you must pay in advance to secure a reservation time)

Santa Cares – a Sensory Friendly Santa experience

Santa Cares is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with all spectrums of special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa Photo Experience with their family in a calming environment prior to public hours. Advance RSVP is required. Photo packages are available for purchase during the event.

Date: Sunday, December 3 from 8am – 10am
Location: Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
Cost: Prices vary, packages available.
Reservations: Click here to make a reservation via Eventbrite. Note you only need one reservation PER GROUP and will have to pick a 15 minute time slot between 8-10am.

If you are unable to attend on this date but interested in a sensory-friendly Santa experience, this is also being offered at the Brandon Mall and at the Citrus Park Mall in Tampa on on 11/26 from 9-11am.

Photos with Santa at Lights of Lakeland

Located just south of the Polk Parkway on Lakeland Highlands Road, Lights of Lakeland is Highland Park Church’s ANNUAL, FREE walk-thru Christmas experience the whole family can enjoy! Come experience an evening of excitement and wonder filled with your favorite holiday sights, smells and sounds and see over 500,000 lights on display.

LAKELAND MOM’S “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”: Santa & Mrs. Claus are available for pictures in their own building (typically near the entrance), just ask one of the volunteers to point you in the right direction. Since Santa is such a popular guy this time of year, sometimes the line to see him is quite long, so come early and be prepared for a wait!

Date/Time: December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 (Fri, Sat, Sun each weekend) from 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Highland Park Church, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813 (MAP IT)
Cost: FREE
More info: Highland Park Church Website or Facebook Page

Events With Santa

Rumor has it the man in the red suit (and sometimes Mrs. Claus!) will be at the events listed below. Photo availability varies by event, we have included all available info in the description. Santa usually makes an appearance at the end of every Christmas Parade as well!

You will only see upcoming events below. Past events can be viewed on our Calendar Page by selecting a past date as a starting point.

Looking for Christmas Light Displays, Special Events, Concerts & Live Performances, Parades, Santa Sightings, Holiday Movies & more?  For the ultimate list of Christmas activities in Lakeland check out Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Event Guide.

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