Santa Pictures and Events with Santa in Lakeland & Polk County

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Whether you’re looking for a great Santa picture or your kids prefer to admire Santa Claus from afar, we’ve got Santa photo locations and events for you. Santa Claus (and occasionally Mrs. Claus) will be visiting Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Fort Meade, Auburndale – he’s covering all of Polk County and Central Florida!

NEW for 2020 – many events this year will be socially distanced Santa visits (which we highly recommend). Details are provided when we could find them, but if you have questions or concerns check directly with event organizers.

We’ve listed as many Santa photo opportunities as we could find, including Breakfast with Santa and other events where Santa is making an appearance, because we all know sometimes it takes more than one try to get a good photo with Santa!

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

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Featured Events

Breakfast with Santa & Friends at Family Fun Center

December 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Join Family Fun Center for Breakfast with Santa & special guest Christmas Princess Belle! Includes Breakfast & Meet-n-Greet with Santa and Christmas Belle, stories, pictures, and music, plus Unlimited Attractions during the event (miniature golf, laser tag, Funtasia, and laser maze).
There will be a grand entrance by the princess and Santa at 9am. Admission is $19.99 per child. Adult admission is $9.99 and includes Breakfast & Unlimited Attractions.

Lakeland Area Santa Picture Locations

Santa Photos at Lakeside Village

Santa will be at Lakeside Village on Saturday afternoons for Christmas wishes and keepsake photos {bring your own camera}. Be sure to bring your own camera – these are FREE photos with Santa.

NEW for 2020:

  • Appointments Required: An appointment is required for your visit with Santa at Lakeside Village this year. Instead of being at the tree, he’ll be near the roundabout at 1473 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803 (near Sunglass Hut). You should make one appointment per family or group. In an effort to let as many people see Santa as possible, each appointment is limited to around 3 minutes.
  • Masks required: For the health and safety of Santa and his elves, we’re asking that everyone in line please wear a mask.  Masks may be removed only for the photo.  
  • You will need to be able to take your own photo – for everyone’s safety, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and any other event staff are prohibited from touching guests’ phones for photos. 

Hours: 
Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 12 – 5pm
Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 12 – 5pm
Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 12 – 5pm
Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 12 – 5pm
Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 12 – 5pm

Location: Lakeside Village, 1473 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, FL 33803 (MAP IT)
Cost: FREE – Bring your own camera
More info: Lakeside Village Website

Santa Photos in Lakeland Square Mall

Santa arrives at Lakeland Square Mall on Friday, November 27, 2020 and will visit with children daily until he returns to the North Pole on December 24, 2020. Located near Dillard’s. Reservation to visit Santa are strongly encouraged. Walk-up visits will be available as space allows throughout the day.

Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10am – 7pm
Sunday from 12pm – 6pm
December 24 – 10am – 5pm
Check the Lakeland Square Mall Website for any changes to the posted schedule for Lakeland Mall Santa Hours. Santa feeds his reindeer occasionally throughout the day and is unavailable for photos at those times.

Location: Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)

Cost: Prices vary, packages available starting at $39.99. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and require the advance purchase of a photo package. Click here for more details.

2020 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: All Guests ages 2 and older are required to wear face coverings. This year guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but will still have the opportunity to engage in conversation and a magical experience with Santa, while maintaining physical distance. See the full list of 2020 requirements.

Pictures with Santa at Eagle Ridge Mall

We have been unable to verify Santa information for Eagle Ridge Mall.
Location: 451 Eagle Ridge Dr. Lake Wales, FL 33859 (MAP IT)

Santa’s Wonderland – Pictures with Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Although it is a 30-60 minute drive from the Lakeland area to the nearest Bass Pro Shop, many of our readers say it is worth the drive for Photos with Santa at Bass Pro! A free 4×6 studio-quality photo is included, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. {There is an acrylic barrier for safety}

Hours: Vary by store – check the website for reservation times.
Locations: Bass Pro Shops Tampa – 10501 Palm River Road Tampa, FL 33619 {Brandon area}
Bass Pro Shops Orlando – 5156 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
Cost: FREE – Reservations are required and are available up to 7 days in advance.
More info: Bass Pro Website

Events With Santa in Lakeland + Polk County

Rumor has it the man in the red suit (and sometimes Mrs. Claus!) will be at the events listed below. The availability of pictures with Santa varies by event, we have included all available info in the description. Many of the Breakfast with Santa events have a cost or require an advance ticket purchase for a breakfast buffet, be sure to check event descriptions for ticket info.

Santa also appears at the end of every Christmas parade! Check our Christmas Parade Guide for a list of local parades still happening in 2020.

A full list of events can be viewed on our Calendar Page.

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for safety protocols, mask requirements, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations. Be informed, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, have fun, and make good choices!

2020 Events With Santa Photos

Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff and Tree Lighting

Salvation Army Kettle Kick Off 2020
November 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lakeside Village
1479 Town Center Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
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Come join us as we flip the switch and turn on the Christmas Tree with The Salvation Army for their annual Kettle Kick-off, on November 20th from 6-7 pm. Enjoy music from the Tenoroc High School band, live choir music, special guest speaker, Grady Judd, and stilt walkers while we wait for Santa to r...

Bartow Holiday Friday Fest – Magic on Main

November 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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Magic on Main is Main Street Bartow's annual kickoff for the winter holiday season. Enjoy the launching of Main Street's Holiday Lights, shops open, food, vendors, cars, entertaining by BHS strolling musical ensembles.

City of Lakeland Holiday Tree Decorating Contest Kick Off

Holiday Trees RP Funding Center Lakeland 2020 (1)
November 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RP Funding Center
701 West Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815 US
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City of Lakeland Holiday Tree Decorating Contest Kickoff - includes storytime, coloring station, hot chocolate bar, reindeer food station, social distance photos with Santa, letters to Santa, and performance by Harrison School For The Arts. 

Magical Mini Sessions with Santa, Spiderman & Rapunzel

November 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enchanted Fairytale Hollow Lakeland
214 Trader's Alley
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Make your day an unforgettable magical memory to last a lifetime with our fun character mini sessions. Enjoy these holiday mini sessions for family portraits, Santa portraits, or even portraits with character!

Downtown Lakeland Holiday Walkabout

Downtown Lakeland Christmas Events 2020
December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Lakeland
100 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Lakeland at the Holiday Walkabout. Stores and shops will be open late serving up yummy goodies (like cider and cookies) and special deals. Wagon Rides around Munn Park, Santa Photos in Munn Park, Santa's Workshop, Mrs. Claus's Market, Elves' Playground, Musical Per...

Snowfest 2020 – A Walk in the Snow

Snowfest Lakeland Florida 2020
December 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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There is SNOW in the forecast for downtown Lakeland! Snowfest will look a little different this year - the event will feature a stroll through manmade snow along with other holiday delights in the area of the amphitheater on the east side of Lake Mirror.

First Friday – Hometown Holiday

Downtown Lakeland Christmas Events 2020
December 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Lakeland
100 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Head to Downtown Lakeland for December’s First Friday - Hometown Holiday. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy free activities, games, and live music in Munn Park.

Breakfast with Santa and the Lakeland Dreadnaught Band

LHS Breakfast with Santa 2020
December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lakeland High School
726 Hollingsworth Rd
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Join the Lakeland Dreadnaught Band Join the Lakeland Dreadnaught Band for Holiday Music and Breakfast with Santa at the Lakeland High School Cafeteria. Santa will be available for socially distanced photos. Enjoy a sing-along with Santa, plus the Dreadnaught Band will perform Christmas favorites. B...

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Annual Pet Fest

December 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Polk County Animal Shelter (Animal Control / Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
7115 De Castro Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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Pet Fest at Polk County Animal Shelter with adoptions only $30 and includes County License, Vaccinations, Microchips, Spay/Neuter. Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus (with or without your pet).

Santa Photos at Starlight Nights Downtown Winter Haven

Santa Winter Haven 2020 Ritz
December 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Winter Haven – Ritz Theatre
263 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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Mark your calendars - Santa Claus is coming to (Down)town Winter Haven on December 5th! Bring your family for FREE photos with Santa and his elf between 11AM-1PM and 2PM-4PM inside The Ritz. Please bring your own camera for the photos, and follow the social distancing cues in the line and inside th...

Santa Photos at Starlight Nights Downtown Winter Haven

Santa Winter Haven 2020 Ritz
December 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Winter Haven – Ritz Theatre
263 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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Mark your calendars - Santa Claus is coming to (Down)town Winter Haven on December 5th! Bring your family for FREE photos with Santa and his elf between 11AM-1PM and 2PM-4PM inside The Ritz. Please bring your own camera for the photos, and follow the social distancing cues in the line and inside th...

Snowfest 2020 – A Walk in the Snow

Snowfest Lakeland Florida 2020
December 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Mirror Promenade
121 S Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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There is SNOW in the forecast for downtown Lakeland! Snowfest will look a little different this year - the event will feature a stroll through manmade snow along with other holiday delights in the area of the amphitheater on the east side of Lake Mirror.

Glitter, Glisten & Snow in Haines City

Glitter Glisten & Snow Haines City
December 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Haines City – Lake Eva Park
555 Ledwith Ave
Haines City, FL 33844 US
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Count down with us as we light up thousands of lights and our 31ft Christmas tree at Lake Eva Park. There will be arts & crafts vendors, local children's entertainment, food vendors & more!

City of Frostproof Holly Jolly Christmas Party

Frostproof Christmas Party 2020 (1)
December 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Frostproof – Henderson Field
71 N. Lake Reedy Blvd.
Frostproof, FL 33843 United States
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Right after the Frostproof Christmas Parade the Holly Jolly Christmas Party kicks off in Henderson Field. Food, Games, Snow, Santa, Bounce Houses, and more. 

Santa’s Calling – City of Lakeland

Santa's Calling Lakeland Florida
December 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Holiday Season is among us and Santa is calling! The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department has once again made arrangements this year for Santa to telephone your elementary school-aged children from his workshop. Ho, Ho, Ho!

Santa at the Station – Haines City

December 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Haines City – Fire Department
138 N 11th St
Haines City, FL 33844 United States
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Santa will be visiting the Haines City Fire Department on Friday, December 11, from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Please bring your cameras for pictures! Santa will stay on the fire truck to maintain social distancing, but kids and adults will still have the opportunity to take photographs and tell Santa what th...

Winterfest and Christmas Parade in Davenport

Davenport Winterfest 2020
December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Davenport – Wilson Park
County Rd 547 W Orange St
Davenport, FL 33837 US
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Festivities will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, night time parade, cookie decorating, Festival of Trees, games and vendors. WinterFest 4 pm till 9 pm at Wilson Park. Parade starts at 6:00 pm at Lewis Mathews Sport Complex.

Christmas Notes with Polk County Parks and Recreation

Christmas Notes Polk County
December 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Homeland Heritage Park
249 Church Ave
Homeland, FL 33847 US
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Kick off the Holiday season at Polk County Parks & Recreation's Christmas Notes event. This free family event will feature photos with Santa, arts & crafts, a caroling hayride, and more!

Mulberry’s Christmas Village

Mulberry Christmas Village
December 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mulberry – Spence Park
1100 1st St NE
Mulberry, FL 33860 US
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Immediately following this year's Christmas Parade hop on over to Spence Field for a night of Christmas Cheer! Live music, a bonfire, train, pony, and horse and carriage rides, Santa's workshop vendors, PLUS a visit from the big man himself- SANTA! 

Selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inklings Book Shoppe Lakeland
2120 S Combee Rd
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Inklings Book Shoppe!

Breakfast with Santa in Haines City

December 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Haines City – Lake Eva Community Center
555 Ledwith Avenue
Haines City, FL 33844 US
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This year's Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the Lake Eva Event Center. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, and are very limited. Admission is $10 per person and includes the purchase of a meal.

Santa is coming to Still Creek Farm

December 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Still Creek Farm Lakeland
4458 Spring Ln
Lakeland, FL 33811 United States
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Join us at Still Creek Farm for this *FREE* family event. Come take your picture with Santa, watch Polar Express, ride the train, pet goats, free face painting, enjoy a cup of cocoa and a cookie with us out here on the farm!

2019 Events With Santa – Unconfirmed or Canceled for 2020 – Check back for Updates

Jolly Holidays – City of Bartow

December 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bartow Civic Center
2250 S Floral Ave
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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Bartow Parks & Recreation presents our Annual Jolly Holidays at the Bartow Civic Center. Activities will include pictures with Santa, decorating cookies and ornaments, coloring, music and activities, family gingerbread house making, and more.

Breakfast with Santa – Auburndale

Auburndale Breakfast with Santa
December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Auburndale – Ariana Beach Clubhouse
321 Ramsgate Rd
Auburndale, FL 33823 United States
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We hope you can join us this year for Breakfast with Santa. The event will be held on December 7th from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Auburndale Clubhouse.

Meet Santa at the Visitor’s Information Center

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center – Davenport
101 Adventure Ct
Davenport, FL 33837 US
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Santa Claus is coming to town! Enjoy snacks, games and crafts -- plus meet that jolly ol' elf himself, Santa and the lovely Mrs. Claus!

Make it Magical – Lake Wales

December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lake Wales – Downtown
200 E Park Ave
Lake Wales, FL 33853 US
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Main Street is excited to offer our guests unparalleled shopping with local artisans, gift wrapping, long-awaited visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Clause, artistic crafts for the children, festive holiday music, delicious food and drink, beautifully decorated trees, creative photo oppo...

Snow Central in Winter Haven

December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Winter Haven – Chain O’ Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880 US
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The City of Winter Haven is excited to bring you Snow Central. It will take place at the Chain of Lakes Park. There will be photo opportunities with Santa, cookie decorating, bounce houses, and best of all 70 TONS of real SNOW to play in. 

Storytime with Santa at the Mulberry Civic Center

December 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mulberry Civic Center
901 NE 5th St.
Mulberry, FL 33860 US
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Join us for our annual Storytime with Santa. Come listen to Santa read and then stay for a photo opportunity and cookies!

December Friday Fest in Bartow

December 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bartow – Main Street / Downtown
165 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830 US
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"Sounds of the Season" music by local churches, school choirs and musical groups. Vendors, food, car show. visits with Santa and it will be snowing! Sponsored by Cookie Jar Bakeshop & Eatery and the Twisted Pineapple Boutique.

Storytime with Ms. Claus

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mulberry Phosphate Museum
101 SE 1st Street
Mulberry, FL 33860 US
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Come to the Museum and hear classic holiday stories with Mrs. Claus. This free event features a holiday craft, stories, hot chocolate, cookies, and pictures with the first lady of the North Pole. No registration required.

Christmas Brunch with Santa

December 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Federal Bar Lakeland
124 S Tennessee Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Join us at Federal Bar on this very SPECIAL CHRISTMAS Sunday as we welcome back Santa! We will be offering RESERVATIONS so make plans with your family in town and join us at either 10:30am or 1pm. The Tommy B Duo will be playing two sets and Santa will be joining us from 12pm to 2pm for photos!

Christmas Brunch with Santa

December 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Federal Bar Lakeland
124 S Tennessee Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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Join us at Federal Bar on this very SPECIAL CHRISTMAS Sunday as we welcome back Santa! We will be offering RESERVATIONS so make plans with your family in town and join us at either 10:30am or 1pm. The Tommy B Duo will be playing two sets and Santa will be joining us from 12pm to 2pm for photos!

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