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


Breakfast with Santa Lakeland Family Fun Center 2019


Lakeland Area Santa Picture Locations

Santa Photos at Lakeside Village

Lakeland Pictures with SantaSanta 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 30 from 12 – 4pm
Saturday, December 7 from 12 – 4pm
Saturday, December 14 from 12 – 4pm
Saturday, December 21 from 12 – 4pm

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

Lakeside Village will also have a variety of other family friendly Christmas events including holiday concerts, strolling carolers, Breakfast with Santa, and SNOW! Bring the family out for a special night of shopping, dining, and holiday magic. Click here for more information.

Santa Photos at Lakeland Square Mall

Santa arrives at Lakeland Square Mall on Friday, November 29 and will visit with children daily until he returns to the North Pole on December 24. Located near Dillard’s.

Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm. Breaks from 1-2pm and 5-6pm while Santa feeds his reindeer.
Sunday from 12pm – 6pm, break from 2:30-3pm.
December 24 – 10am – 6pm, break from 2-3pm.

Check the Lakeland Square Mall Website for any changes to the posted schedule. Santa feeds his reindeer occasionally throughout the day and is unavailable for photos at those times.

Santa CaresDecember 8 from 9:30-11:30am – 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. Reservation Required – click here.

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

Cost: Prices vary, packages available. Schedule a Santa Pass and skip the line with the advance purchase of a photo package. Click here for more details.

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)
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)

Events With Santa

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 events.

You will only see upcoming events below. A full list of events can be viewed on our Calendar Page.

No upcoming events found. Check back in November 2020.

Interested in having your event included here? Submit a listing.