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Let’s See Santa Claus!
Posted on November 24, 2014 at 5:00:31 am by Louisa D.
The red suit. The white beard. Gloved hands and maybe even cotton snow. Yep, that sounds like Santa Claus – and it sounds like the type of Santa that we have right here in Fort Wayne. If you’re a fan of peppermint ice cream and beautifully decorated trees, check out the Festival of Trees, held at the Embassy Theatre from November 26 through December 3. You do need to pay admission to get into the Festival of Trees, but once you’re through the doors, there is so much to see! The trees are beautiful – and Santa is waiting! Just take a look at the photos – there is a great big Santa Land where kids can meet the man himself and Mrs. Claus. Parents are invited and encouraged to take as many pictures as they like – and, here’s the big plus – kids get a scoop of Edys’ Peppermint Ice Cream! At the Botanical Conservatory, just around the corner from the Embassy Theatre, families can visit St. Nick on Saturdays. On December 6, 13 and 20, Santa Claus will be ensconced in glory at the Gardens from 12 – 4 p.m. Visitors will need to pay regular admission. This year’s holiday theme at the Gardens is “High Style Holidays,” and the decorations will reflect decor from the earlier half of the 20th century in America. In addition to seeing the gorgeous poinsettias at the Conservatory, you can also meet two of Santa’s live reindeer when you stop to snap pictures of your kids. The Conservatory always creates a lovely, warm atmosphere that is so calming during the busiest time of the year– it’s a great place to see! And, of course, there are the Santas you can see at the mall. Glenbrook Square has had a Santa Claus display for dozens of years, and their display is usually quite special. Spinning, sparkling gifts, televisions with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and green-dressed elves manning a large camera are all waiting to see your little munchkins in their Christmas finery. Yes, the lines do get long on the weekends. But if you get there on a weekday or in the morning, your line time is quite a bit shorter. Jefferson Pointe also has a Santa display, but instead of having an inside event, this Santa has his own house outside! Kids and their families walk up to one side of the tiny house, step inside, and exit – stroller and all – through a different door. Early on Saturday mornings, near 10 a.m., it’s pretty quiet, so you can walk right up and step inside. Sometimes, there are live reindeer to see, too. And Jefferson Pointe is always so beautifully decorated – don’t miss the gigantic faux Christmas Tree in the middle of the outdoor pavilion. Although it isn’t alight in the day time, the sheer size of it makes you stop and stare. Where else would Christmas ornaments about a foot across seem to fit in seamlessly with the decorations? In the evenings, Jefferson Pointe has a music and lights show that synchronizes the glowing Christmas bulbs to different sections of the tree and all the other lights strung around the outdoor pavilion. Seeing Santa Claus, even just once during the season, is such a special event. Kids like to remember the visit and chatter about it for quite some time. So why not load up the stroller, grab the camera, and take the kids out for a visit they won’t forget?