(Update: December 10, 2007:
I noticed a lot of folks searching this blog for the hours that Santa is available for photos at the Harford Mall. BANV & family went yesterday for our Santa pictures. Turns out the Santa on duty knows my children’s grandparents, so they’re sure to get what’s on their list. I picked up a Santa schedule while we were there so her are his hours for the rest of the season:
Santa is off for lunch between 1 and 2 p.m. and he eats dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. On Christmas Eve, he eats earlier, but more quickly. Lunch is 11 to 11:30 a.m. and dinner is 3 to 3:30 p.m. — he has a busy night, you know.
Dec. 10 – 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 17 -21, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 22 – 23, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
From December 2006:
Santa needs to eat too, which is obvious if he wants to keep that round belly. But those going to see him for pictures at Harford Mall should know Santa Claus takes a lunch break between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. He goes for dinner between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. My family learned this the unfortunate way when we lined up to see him at 10 minutes to 5 tonight. We had another engagement at 7 p.m. and we weren’t sure we were going to squeeze our visit in. But after a bit of shopping and a stop at Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen for pizza, I spied Santa back in his sleigh a half-hour into his dinner break, sipping a paper cup of soup. Already, a line of about 10 families long had queued up outside his gate. I guess Santa is no stranger to hard work this season. We got back in line and waited about 20 minutes while he helped coax smiles out of frightened babies. It appeared that Santa’s worked so hard posing for pictures, his knees are tender. He coached my 8-year-old on just how to perch himself so as not to hurt Santa. (I’m thinking this will probably be his last year on Santa’s lap.) This year snapshots with Santa are not allowed. The cheapest picture with Santa you can buy is $15.99 — and that gets you a 3×5 photo and two tiny pictures to slip into plastic keychain frames. But I guess it’s not about the price of the picture, really. It’s about seeing the kids whisper what they want in his ear and trying desperately to overhear what they’re saying.
Harford Mall’s Santa hours this season:
December 9: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 10: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 11 – 15: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 16: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 17: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 18 – 21: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 22: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (lunch 1-2, dinner 5-6)
December 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (breaks to be announced)