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“Santa HQ” returns to Lakewood Center for high tech fun

“Santa HQ” returns to Lakewood Center for high tech fun

Lakewood Center's “Santa HQ” turns the tradition of visiting Santa into a high-tech, family-fun activity. Santa HQ is open Nov. 8 through Dec. 24. To save time, purchase a fast pass and make an online reservation for a photo with Santa, visit

Learn about all of the holiday activities at Santa HQ by visiting

Created through a partnership between the HGTV Network and Lakewood Center, the special holiday addition to the mall turns getting a photo with Santa into a creative and innovative activity for children. 

Children can use Santa's Magic Mirror to virtually try on outfits from one of their favorite Elves or create their own Elf ID card, a fun identification keepsake from the Elf Academy. Be sure to scan yourself on the "Naughty or Nice O'Meter" where you can see where you land on Santa’s list this year!

Visitors will wind their way to Santa’s workshop through interactive activity stations featuring tablets and apps that let the fun be shared with grandparents and friends via social media. Apps can be used to take the experience home.

There’s even a chance for photos of your pets with Santa! See below for details.

Santa's hours through Dec. 11:

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving)
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays through Dec. 1: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Santa's hours from Dec. 12-24:

Dec. 12-15 (Thursday-Sunday): 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 24 (Thursday): 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Santa Paws" Pet Photos on Tuesdays through Dec. 3

Pets get their chance to sit on Santa's lap, too! On Tuesday evenings through Dec. 3, stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. with your cat or dog (in a pet carrier or on a leash) for a holiday portrait.

Visit for more information or call 562-633-0290.