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…

Thank you to Lakeside Village for sponsoring this post

Lakeside Village is your holiday entertainment and shopping destination

You’ll enjoy strolling carolers, a beautiful Christmas tree and nightly light show, snow flurries, weekly Holiday concerts, FREE photos with Santa, and so much more. Check out the full event schedule below. Lakeside Village Holiday Christmas Activities

Santa Photo Locations

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.

Hours: 
Saturday, November 24 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 1 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 8 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 15 from 1-5pm
Saturday, December 22 from 1-5pm

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

Santa Photos at Lakeland Square Mall

Santa arrives at Lakeland Square Mall on Friday, November 23 and will visit with children daily until he returns to the North Pole on December 24. Located near Dillard’s.

Hours: Hours vary, check the Lakeland Square Mall Website for details. Santa feeds his reindeer occasionally throughout the day and is unavailable for photos at those times. 12 – 1pm and 5 – 6pm are the estimated break times. Times may vary.
Location: Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809 (MAP IT)
Cost: Prices vary, packages available. Click here for mall info.

Pictures with Santa in Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland Holiday Walkabouts 2018

On December 14 and December 21 from 6pm-9pm during the Holiday Walkabouts in Downtown Lakeland, visitors can take pictures with Santa.

Friday, December 14 – Just Dance Academy located at 124 S. Kentucky Ave.
Friday, December 21 – Focus Realty on 218 E. Pine Street.

During the Holiday Walkabouts the stores and shops will be open late serving up yummy goodies (like cider and cookies) and special deals. There will be live music on the street corners and carriage rides loading on Pine Street ($1 per person). The traditional holiday lights will be on display in Munn Park and costumed characters patrolling around for spontaneous selfies.

Also on December 14 you can participate in a Gingerbread Contest at My Office & More on 122 E. Main St. for a chance to win prizes. On December 21 visitors can also participate in a “Whoville Hair” and “Ugly Sweater Selfie” contest.

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)

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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Interested in having your event included here? Submit a listing or contact us for details.

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Lakeland Christmas Events Activities for Kids

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.