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Hang on to your sled, Santa is coming to town

November 11, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE — Are you ready for a magical holiday season? If so, hang on to your sleds, because here comes Santa Claus and he is bringing a few important people with him.

The ‘Make it Magical’ Santa arrival event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Huntington Mall’s center court on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a magical story time by Mrs. Jessica Claus and photo opportunities with live reindeer.

“We will keep Santa’s reindeer hooked to the sled so you can get pictures before they fly back to the North Pole,” said Margi MacDuff, marketing director for the Huntington Mall. “After Mrs. Claus shares some of the magical secrets of the North Pole, Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. on the Trackless Train, All Smiles Aboard.”

Next week, Santa and his crew will host a special “Kindness Santa” event for children with disabilities starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“The mall music will be off and instead of waiting in line a sensory friendly play area will be set up for kids to eliminate waiting in line,” MacDuff said. “The child can wait their turn to see Santa when they are ready.”

Ramona Jones, of Huntington, said she appreciates the Kindness Santa event because her son Jacob has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and it can be difficult to wait in lines.

“They really help create a special and magical moment for him,” she said.

MacDuff says every child deserves a chance to visit Santa and the parents will get to take home a keepsake photo of that moment.

“The children will also receive a train ticket during the event to get a free ride on the All Smiles Aboard trackless train,” she said.

Huntington Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Follow reporter Fred Pace at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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