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Where to see Santa Claus this year and the COVID-19 precautions you need to know

Here's how you and your family can see Santa safely this holiday season!

CLEVELAND — Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Even during a pandemic. And since there's no way to "socially distance" a visit to Santa's lap, here's how you and your family can see Santa safely, whether it's by computer or from six feet away.                   

AKRON ZOO / WILD LIGHTS

Santa will be visiting Akron Zoo's Wild Lights December 4-6 from 5-8pm. All guests, ages 10 and older, are required to wear a COVID face covering at all times when in the Akron Zoo. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place during the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must have a reserved time slot to enter.  To avoid overcrowding, tickets are available via time ticketing.

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BELDEN VILLAGE MALL

Santa arrives November 21 and heads back to the North Pole on December 24, 2020. Hours are 11am-8pm. While guests will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap, he will still be in the photos and he will still be able to chat with the kiddos and hear their wishes while social distancing. Enhanced safety protocols are in place, including a reservation system to avoid overcrowding.  Santa and all guests ages 2 & up (or state mandate) are required to wear a face covering.   Social distancing floor graphics will show guests where to stand while waiting for their visit.  There will be an increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand sanitizer in high traffic areas. Advanced reservations strongly encouraged. 

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BEACHWOOD PLACE

Arriving Nov. 27 with virtual option available: Santa will be available to meet with guests in a touch-free, socially distanced manner. Decorated packages will be used to show guests where to stand in order to keep a safe distance. Daily health and temperature checks will be done for all staff. 

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BURTON LOG CABIN

Starts the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. You must register with the Burton Chamber Log Cabin at 440-834-4204 to schedule your visit. Appointments are in 15 minute intervals and families wait in their vehicles until called.

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CABELA'S AVON

Nov. 7 - Dec. 24: Advance reservations required, check in online, magical enhancements, temperature checks, distance markers on floor, temperature checks, contactless visit/Plexiglass. 

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CARLISLE RESERVATION / LORAIN COUNTY METROPARKS

Santa Nights at Carlisle Equestrian Center: Dec. 3, 10, 17 6:30-8:30 p.m. Santa and his elves are coming to visit Carlisle Equestrian Center. From the comfort of your vehicle, enjoy the lighted displays, and catch a glimpse of Santa. You won’t be permitted to exit your vehicle, but his elves will collect letters to Santa. Plus, Santa will read some of those letters on our Facebook page! 

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CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

- Wolf Lodge: Guests can take photos with Santa Claus in the Wolf Lodge during select daytime visits throughout the holiday season, as well as the Wild Winter Lights walk-through experience. Personal photography is not permitted during the daytime experience. 

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- Wild Winter Lights: You can visit Santa at the Zoo during Wild Winter Lights, our evening event. This is only available during the walk-through experience. He will be located in Wolf Cabin. Personal photography allowed. 

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CROCKER PARK

Photos with Santa from Nov. 21 through Dec. 24: Monday through Saturday from noon until 8 p.m. Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. Located inside Santa's Village near Bath & Body Works.

Photos in the Lake Ridge Academy’s Santa’s House, will occur slightly different this year than in the past to maintain safety guidelines set forth from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. Santa will be located in a separate chair, 6 feet apart from the child’s chair, so they can talk about their Wish List. Santa will then have a few socially distanced opportunities for a photo with the child or group, without sitting on his lap.

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GREAT NORTHERN MALL

In-person visits (reservations required) begin Nov. 21 with virtual option available. Santa in-person: Offering a contactless in-person Santa experience with enhanced safety protocols such as offering a reservation system to avoid overcrowding, requiring guests and staff to wear a face covering and daily temperature checks and health screenings for all staff. 

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LAKEVIEW PARK / LORAIN COUNTY METROPARKS

Santa Nights at Lakeview Park: Dec. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Santa and his elves are coming to visit Lakeview Park. From the comfort of your vehicle, enjoy the lighted displays, and catch a glimpse of Santa. You won’t be permitted to exit your vehicle, but his elves will collect letters to Santa. Plus, Santa will read some of those letters on our Facebook page! 

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MR KRINGLE

No in-person visits, virtual only starting Nov. 25: E-Visits, letters from Santa and breakfast with Santa options. 

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SOUTHPARK MALL

In-person visits available from Nov. 21 through Dec. 24 with reservations required, social distancing measures in place. Virtual option also available. 

SUMMIT MALL

In-person visits available Nov. 27 through Dec. 24. Hours may vary and reservations are strong encouraged. Walk-ups as availability allows. Masks ages 2 and up. "It is our top priority to ensure the health and well-being of our guests & Santa, therefore, this year guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but will still have the opportunity to engage in conversation and a magical experience with Santa, while maintaining physical distance."

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