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

Santa taking photos with friends at Lakewood Center's Santa HQ

Lakewood Center's “Santa HQ” turns the tradition of visiting Santa into a high-tech, family-fun activity. 

Santa HQ will be open from November 10 through December 24. To make an online reservation for a photo with Santa, visit

For details on Santa HQ, visit

Created through a partnership between the HGTV Network and Macerich (Lakewood Center's parent company), the special holiday addition to the mall turns getting a photo with Santa into a creative and innovative activity where families can take ELFIE selfies, star in their own holiday videos and explore Santa's Observatory using ELF-RAY Vision. The Elf-Ray vision has viewing locations inside as well as outside of Santa's Observatory. There is even a Naughty-Or-Nice Meter to try out.

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, and apps can be used to take the experience home.

Workshop guests will be surrounded by the scent of freshly-baked cookies and seasonal greetings from HGTV talent in a snowy land, dotted with brightly lit trees which come to life each hour of operation with a magical light show programmed to music.

Santa's hours from November 10 through December 16:
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (closed November 23)
Friday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sundays through December 3: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Santa's hours from December 17-24:
December 17-23 (Sun-Sat): 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 24 (Sunday): 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

"Santa Paws" Pet Photos on Mondays November 13 through December 11

Pets get their chance to sit on Santa's lap, too! On five Monday evenings from November 13 through December 11, stop by between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 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.