Santa’s coming to town early at this epic North Vancouver event

Nov 20 2019, 2:11 pm


The holiday season is upon us already, and if you have little ones (or even if you don’t) it’s an exciting time of year.

Even though now it’s hard to believe someone could access your house via chimney — or use a flying sleigh as a method of transportation — doesn’t mean it wasn’t awesome when we did.

Seeing your little one’s face light up when you tell them stories about leaving carrots out for the reindeer is a special moment in any parent’s life. Having them visit Santa is no different.

Capilano Mall is welcoming Santa early this year, on November 23, so if you’re heading out-of-town for the holidays (or simply want to beat the December crowds), this is your chance to catch Saint Nick ahead of time.

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If you make it on the opening day, you and the kids will get to enjoy the “Live from the North Pole” Holiday Concert and the Gingerbread Decorating Workshop, hosted by the one and only Mrs. Claus.

It’s happening in the Grand Court from 11 am to 3 pm and the first 100 children (age 10 or under) to buy a photo package will get a free Santa lollipop from Purdys. If you’re looking to make a little someone especially excited, this is definitely the occasion. And as a bonus, free Starbucks hot chocolate is available at Guest Services for all who attend.

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Can’t make it on opening day? No worries. Get a pic with Santa at any of the various times up until December 24. There are special giveaways when you buy a photo package, and this year there’s a totally revamped Santa set, including a new backdrop.

Got a furry friend that you can’t part ways with? Bring them in for a Santa photo op, too. Pets are welcome to join in on the fun from 6 pm to 8 pm on Mondays, December 9 and 16 and Tuesdays, December 10 and 17. Sounds like a pretty adorable photo op if you ask us.

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Need to do some shopping for the holidays while you’re at the mall? Capilano Mall is holding extended hours starting December 7. They can even give you a hand with making your presents especially impressive with gift wrapping available at Guest Services. All proceeds go towards North Shore Community Resources.

Looking for a festive photo op where you can see your little ones light up with joy? Head on over to the North Shore’s North Pole at Capilano Mall and catch Santa ahead of his busiest time of year.

Photos and Visits with Santa at Capilano Mall

When: Now until December 24 (opening day November 23)
Times: Times vary by date
Where: Capilano Mall — 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Bookings: In-person on the day, or book ahead online
Price: Starting at $19.99 – Payments are made on the day

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