Santa’s Village, Market Mall

Location: Market Mall, Calgary
Dates: Nov 18, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
Cost: Free. Photo prices vary.

No Christmas with kids is complete until you’ve visited Santa. Remarkably (and somewhat surprisingly), we’ve been visiting the same Santa at Santa’s Playland in Market Mall for the last 8-years. He’s our favourite and really the only Santa that La Niña knows.

He’s popular… very very popular. So much so that on the best of days the wait to see him can be 30-minutes long… on the worst it could be hours. Over the years we’ve discovered that the best time to visit is on weekday evenings. This year we went on a Friday and only waited 5-minutes to see the big man.

The good news is that there’s lots to do and explore while in the village: movies, funny mirrors, a slide, puzzles, games, giant teddy bears, and a whole heck of a lot of bright colours and noise.

This will probably be the last year that we visit Santa. On the way to Market Mall, La Niña wondered if the experience was “getting old.” And, after she was slightly sad and disappointed. In hindsight, a good end to an 8-year run would have been the Santa Breakfast.

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