Is Santa Still Coming To Town?

December Traditions & Celebrations Series

Lainey VanSumeren, Staff Writer

This year things are going to have to be different, and like a lot of our other holidays, our traditions and gatherings have had to either evolve or be lost this year. However, there are a few that appear to be fighting to keep their spots on the list of family classics. This year St. Nick is doing his best to make it possible to hear everyone’s holiday wishes. Due to pandemic restrictions, malls are changing Santa photos up a bit. 

To keep everyone safe, different malls are trying different things. The Twelve Oaks and Great Lakes Outlet malls are no longer allowing toddlers onto Santa’s lap, but are now only allowing kids to sit near him. To keep Chris Kringle safe as well as all the kids who want to see him, individual meetings with him are set up in order for children to tell him their Christmas wishes as well as a fun photo-shoot while staying at least six feet apart and wearing a mask. Another safe alternative is the “Chit-Chat with Santa” where people can pay to have a personal video call with both Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Families can make the call on their cell phone, tablet, or computer without downloading an app or additional software.

This winter break is also a great time to check out some of the amazing light shows and displays we have in Michigan like the Greenfield village light walk. An outside event where it is safe to go on the walk while staying socially distanced, but make sure to bring an extra jacket! There is also the Wayne County Light-Fest, the largest and longest holiday light drive in Michigan which features 47 different light displays. Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic is another great place to see when lit up with thousands of sparkling lights. In the crossroads village, you will also find villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great gifts!