GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – It might only be November, but the Exploits Valley mall is bustling with Christmas décor, sales, Christmas carols and genuine Christmas cheer.
Adding to this cheer on Nov. 24 will be the big man himself, Santa Claus.
Santa will be making appearances in Grand Falls-Windsor, Lewisporte and Gander, and will take time out of his busy schedule to get photos taken with children and listen to their Christmas wish lists.
The photo sessions are run by Peek-a-Boo Mascots, a local Grand Falls-Windsor business. This will be their third year running the show for Santa pictures.
The photos will be taken by Ulanda Taylor Photography in Grand Falls-Windsor and Lewisport, but Gander will see a bit of a different set up with The Selfie Studio taking the pictures out there.
“I want to give opportunity to our local talents,” said Peek-a-Boo Mascots owner Jhoanna Blundon.
For every picture a child gets taken with Santa, Peek-A-Boo Mascots will donate $1 to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“Last year they were really grateful and helpful,” said Blundon. “I have children, and these are really for children for Santa. For me the last thing you want to have is sick children and you want to help kids. I really want to put a focus on Children’s Wish again this year.”
This year in Gander, some proceeds from photos with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be donated back to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“They say for every dollar we give, we help one child’s wish come true,” said Blundon.
Photos with Santa will run from Nov. 24-Dec 22. The $25-package includes a $1-donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation, five digital images available two days after the photos are taken, and one polaroid photo.
Parents can mark their calendars for the following dates to get out and get their child’s picture with Santa. It won’t be long before he’s finished with photos and on his way delivering gifts.
Exploits Valley Mall and Gander Mall dates:
Dec 3 1:30-5p.m.
Dec 20, 21&22 1:30- 7p.m.
Dec 6 1:30-7p.m.
Dec 71:30- 7p.m.
Dec 131:30- 7p.m.