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Paddock Mall Celebrates the Holiday Season with Full Sleigh of Winter Activities

 Paddock Mall Celebrates the Holiday Season with Full Sleigh of Winter Activities

Activities incorporate local organizations and community members to enjoy the holidays together

OCALA, FL (December 1, 2021) – Paddock Mall is ready to shine for the holiday season. With a full list of holiday activities lined up, friends and families can celebrate the season in their own unique style whether that’s sipping cocoa or getting a photo with Santa.

“The holidays are an important time for our community to gather, celebrate our loved ones and share gratitude,” said Jamie Zimbleman, General Manager at Paddock Mall. “We are proud to offer events and activities that bring people together to ignite the spirit of the season, while also supporting our local small businesses.”

Paddock Mall festivities include:

Photos with Santa:

Santa is back at Paddock Mall! Join us for a safe, fun, holly and jolly Santa Photo experience this holiday season. Santa will be available for photos from November 18 through December 24. In addition to photos with Santa, Sensational Selfies will have three holiday selfie sets available. While reservations are encouraged, walk-ins are also welcome. Visit to make a reservation and see the full list of Santa dates and times.

Sensitive Santa®: 

For children on the autism spectrum and those with related sensory sensitivities, a Santa visit can often mean crowded spaces, long lines and a swirl of competing noise that can create an overstimulating and upsetting environment. Sensitive Santa® provides a magical experience for guests and is hosted before the town center opens. Santa has been specially trained and takes cues from parents and caregivers in order to meet each child’s individual needs. Sensitive Santa will take place on December 12, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, and will include crafting corners, selfie stations, silent shopping, and healthy snacks. Advance registration is requested.

KIDX Club® Holiday Crafts:

With all the fun happening around the holiday season, it’s important to keep our minds growing too. On December 18, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, Paddock Mall will host special holiday crafts to entertain the kids with special guest, Olaf!

Paws & Claus:

Paddock Mall wants to make sure our furry friends get everything on their holiday lists this year. Dog and cat owners are invited to mix and mingle as they get their favorite pet’s photos taken with Santa at Paws & Claus on December 20, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Pets will enjoy free treats and water stations will be available for your furry family members. Advance registration is requested.


Cookies & Claus:

Paddock Mall and Chick-fil-A invite children to decorate cookies and eat breakfast with Mrs. Claus on December 21, 10:00 AM-11:00AM. Guests will enjoy cookie decorating, breakfast from Chick-fil-A, goodie bags, and more! Advance registration is required.

Bring Home Holiday Magic Sweepstakes:

Thanks to Coca-Cola, 20 lucky winners will receive a $500 gift card to shop this holiday. Guests visiting Paddock Mall can scan the QR code found at an on-site Coca-Cola vending machines to enter the promotion for a chance to win prizes. The sweepstakes will be active from November 15-December 31.  

Paddock Mall remains focused on providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. In addition to our already rigorous cleaning practices, guests will also find hand sanitization stations located throughout the town center. We ask that everyone conduct themselves in a safe and respectful way in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations, recommendations and health mandates, as well as each individual retailer’s policies.

To learn more about holiday celebrations at Paddock Mall and find links for advanced registrations, follow along on social media and visit


About Paddock Mall

Paddock Mall is Marion County’s premier shopping destination. The town center is home to more than 90 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. For more information, including extended holiday hours, please call (352) 237-1223 or visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @PaddockMall and Instagram @PaddockMall.