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Old 10-31-2015, 05:53 AM
 
Location: N. Raleigh, NC
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Are there any places, outside of crowded malls and long lines, that have authentic looking Santas? With real long beards and real bellies? My husband is afraid of all the germs standing in line at the mall, so I made him a compromise that I'd find one in a non-mall setting. Help!

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Old 10-31-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Are there any places, outside of crowded malls and long lines, that have authentic looking Santas? With real long beards and real bellies? My husband is afraid of all the germs standing in line at the mall, so I made him a compromise that I'd find one in a non-mall setting. Help!

And thank you ��
I don't have an answer but I must ask - what difference does it make where the Santa is, he's still going to be covered in germ laden kids all day long?? Am I missing something?

P.S. I can promise you if you skip Santa all together you'll be OK, my kids have never visited Santa and so far none of them seem to be turning out to be on the road to doom!
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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I don't have an answer but I must ask - what difference does it make where the Santa is, he's still going to be covered in germ laden kids all day long?? Am I missing something?

P.S. I can promise you if you skip Santa all together you'll be OK, my kids have never visited Santa and so far none of them seem to be turning out to be on the road to doom!
Mine really weren't into it, either. I don't think I took any of them more than a few times. My middle kid especially disliked it.

Mine liked seeing the Santas from a distance, along with the elves.

I'm also curious why the venue matters re: germs.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Sodo Sopa at The Villas above Kenny' s House.
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I don't have an answer but I must ask - what difference does it make where the Santa is, he's still going to be covered in germ laden kids all day long?? Am I missing something?
Nope. You possess something called rational thought. However, it rarely is able to reverse the opposite.

I hate the mall Santa because of the long lines and wait. City Market used to have one after the Xmas parade that was really good. No wait and cookies,cider and free carriage rides. It was a great way to avoid the after parade traffic and knock out the visit to the mall. Last year they didn't do it and we were very disappointed. Maybe,fingers crossed it was an off year and they will do the celebration in the future.

I would look at smaller town celebrations. Last year we went to a celebration in downtown Garner. I believe it was the evening before the parade but it was when they officially light up the tree. There was a little cabin set up with Mr and Mrs Claus plus a few elves to guide the kids through. Not very crowded especially early on. Oh and no pressure to buy pictures, you take your own. That's something they get real $hi??y about at the mall. I'd imagine there are other similar events throughout the Triangle.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:31 AM
 
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Mine liked seeing the Santas from a distance, along with the elves.

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LOL I was at a mall once when the two older ones were about 5 and Santa came over to talk to them - it was the middle of the week and there was no one there. He tried to engage them in conversation but they were terrified to be seen by The Man and stared at the floor the whole time. I was dying laughing behind them and Santa got a chuckle too.

That was our closest encounter with Old St. Nick although one of mine tries to stay up all night Christmas Eve, even as a teenager, trying to figure out how all the presents get under the tree, hasn't caught me yet!
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: N. Raleigh, NC
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Thanks cyn7cyn! I know almost all Santas will be germ-laden, but there's something about a Mall Santa that just doesn't sit right with my husband. Also, we're hoping to go as early as possible in the "Santa" season, so that the Santa is less "infected".
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Sodo Sopa at The Villas above Kenny' s House.
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Thanks cyn7cyn! I know almost all Santas will be germ-laden, but there's something about a Mall Santa that just doesn't sit right with my husband. Also, we're hoping to go as early as possible in the "Santa" season, so that the Santa is less "infected".
Bless your heart. I'd worry more about Santa being on our list of sexual offenders then his health scan. It's happened more then once within Wake county in the last few years.
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:59 PM
 
Location: My House
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Suggestion:

Rent a Santa costume from a local costume shop and talk a family friend into wearing it. Have friend "drop by" one night to pay wee child a visit at home.

Problem solved.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:44 AM
 
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They had a really authentic looking one at Bass Pro shop last year (surprisingly!). The lines can be long but you could probably time it to avoid the worst of it. Also, they did a numbering thing where you were given a time so you could shop and then come back at your appointed time. They also give a complimentary photo.
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:00 AM
 
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They had a really authentic looking one at Bass Pro shop last year (surprisingly!). The lines can be long but you could probably time it to avoid the worst of it. Also, they did a numbering thing where you were given a time so you could shop and then come back at your appointed time. They also give a complimentary photo.
Yes, he was great! The elf pointed out a ring that he wears to me. She said this ring is only given to graduates of some Santa school.
When we were there it was quiet and he spent time talking to the kids. My kids also like these things from a distance. It was so quiet Santa walked over to the arts and crafts table nearby and talked with everyone there.

I almost forgot- you get a free pic too!
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