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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. 

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 mask requirements, safety protocols, 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.

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Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.