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Santa readies for pictures at local malls, shopping centers

Posted November 10, 2016
Updated November 13, 2016

Santa Claus for North Hills

I know we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, but it's sure beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... especially if you're at a local mall.

Santa Claus is making his arrival starting this weekend for pictures and to take those Christmas lists. Here's where to find him.

  • Triangle Town Center will welcome Santa on Saturday. He'll be at the mall for pictures through Dec. 24. Special events planned in the next six weeks include Santa pet photos and and a special breakfast. You also can get a Santa Fast Pass to avoid waiting in line for your pictures. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, the mall will celebrate his "magical arrival" with sledding, a s'mores station, a magician and more.
  • The big guy also will begin his visit at Cary Town Center on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. He'll be at the mall through Dec. 24.
  • Santa arrives at Crabtree Valley Mall on Nov. 19. The mall has an online reservation system to book visits with Santa. He will be at the mall through Dec. 24.
  • In Fayetteville, Santa is at Cross Creek Mall through Dec. 24.
  • Santa will arrive at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham on Nov. 18. He'll be there through Christmas Eve. Southpoint also has an online reservation system so you don't have to wait in line.
  • Santa begins sitting for pictures at Northgate Mall in Durham on Nov. 19. A parade to celebrate his arrival is at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 19. He'll be at the mall through Dec. 24. Santa's Workshop with free activities for families will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on select Saturdays, in November and December.
  • Santa stops at Brier Creek Commons for a tree lighting and other activities, including visits with Santa, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 2.
  • Santa will light the giant Christmas tree at North Hills in Raleigh during a special event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 19. Stay tuned for details on Santa visits at North Hills during November and December.
  • Cameron Village's Holiday Open House in Raleigh is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 17. The evening includes visits with Santa, a real snow sliding slope, live music, a Ferris wheel and more.
  • Waverly Place in Cary will light its tree during an event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 18. The event includes music, visits with Santa, s'mores and more.
  • And Park West Village in Morrisville will host a Winter Wonderland from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, with two real snow sledding hills; a snowy play area for kids ages 1 to 5; and a storytime with Santa.

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  • Craig Elliott Nov 7, 2015
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    Here's a thought: if they went back to holding the Christmas promotions until after Thanksgiving perhaps they could generate even more frenzy which could translate into even higher profits.

    Personally, after almost a decade of wage stagnation (thanks Bush II & Obama!) Christmas shopping doesn't amount to much.

  • justabumer Nov 7, 2014

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    It wouldn't start so early if folks would refuse to shop in the stores which begin Christmas displays before Halloween.

  • wufpaker Nov 7, 2014

    Some stores were actively promoting Christmas in-house and on-air before Halloween arrived.

  • Knightwolf Nov 7, 2014

    at least I wait. :)

  • heard-it-all-before Nov 7, 2014

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    ...til December 1st when you walk right back in

  • Brian Jenkins Nov 7, 2014

    Is this when parents lie to their own kids about a fat man bringing them gifts "if" they are good? Isnt lying a sin?

  • iron fist Nov 7, 2014

    Commercialized Christmas starts earlier every year. Christmas advertising should not start until after Thanksgiving IMO

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Nov 7, 2014

    I'm not a religious person but I often wonder what retailers would say if you asked them about actula Christmas, and it being the celebration of the birth of Christ. Would they say they are celebrating the coming of the Lord with everyone else that believes that or would they say they just love the festive spirit of the shoppers regardless of religious beliefs, or would they come right out and say we'll turn a blind eye to the real meaning of Christmas and put that eye on the bottom line? Don't get me wrong. Businesses exist to turn a profit and I'm all for that but it seems there's nothing they won't exploit to get it.

  • Knightwolf Nov 7, 2014

    I leave stores promoting Christmas before Thanksgiving. Period.

  • George Herbert Nov 7, 2014
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    He's at least three weeks early if he comes this weekend. When I was growing up, you hardly ever saw Christmas decorations before December. Now Costco starts selling them in August. I wish everyone would boycott buying them until the appropriate time of year--as well as boycott mall Santas until December. If the demand is not there, the Santas won't be either.