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Guess Who’s Coming to Town in Two Weeks?

by ARLnow.com — October 26, 2012 at 11:25 am 3,309 37 Comments

Everybody’s talking about Sandy, but another big arrival is coming to town soon: Santa.

Simon Malls says photos with Santa will begin two weeks from today, on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (1100 S. Hayes Street).

The Jolly Old Elf will be available for photos at Pentagon City mall through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. He’ll also be present for a special holiday shopping night from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, and available for photos with pets (no exotic pets, please) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Nov. 25 through Dec. 2.

St. Nick’s arrival in Arlington is a bit earlier than last year. His appearances at Pentagon City mall last year started on Nov. 12, 2011. No word on when Santa will be coming to Ballston Common Mall, but last year his first appearance in Ballston was scheduled for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

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  • B22201

    That’s not the real Santy!

  • Good Grief

    Geez.. can’t we get Halloween out of the way first?

    • P.D.

      +1000

      • Ugh

        Wish they’d let us have Thanksgiving first too.

        • Turkey

          …or not

  • JimPB

    Q. What will the President-elect for the 2013-2017 term of office want Santa to bring?

    Q. What should citizens want Santa to bring the President-elect?
    A. The wisdom to offer Iran a face-saving and positive course that works.
    (If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.)

    • Rosslynite

      [They] bought aluminum tubes!

  • Captain_Obvious

    This is some serious Christmas Creep. At least wait till Thanksgiving is over…

    • Zimmy

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. Target has been running Christmas ads on TV for at least thetwo weeks. I also saw Christmas ornaments going up in greeting card stores back in early September.

      • CrystalMikey

        Speaking of Target, you can see their Halloween and Christmas seasonal merchandise sections blending already.

  • James Moron

    Can’t wait for Santa at Ballston Mall. Hopefullly Leon will be out on bail.

    • Anon

      Santa is afraid of Ballston Common.

  • Right of Center

    All I want for Chris…, er, the holidays (didn’t want to offed anyone Left of Center), is a shiny street trolley.

    • Josh S

      I’m quite left of center, but I’d be offended if you didn’t call Christmas Christmas.

    • Let There Be

      Looks like you just wanted to offend anyone you could. Any true Christian would be embarrassed by the politicization you’ve insinuated into the celebration of Jesus’ birth. What a shmuck.

    • drax

      There’s a war on Christmas! Atheists and liberals are trying to stamp it out! Hide your kids!

  • Josh S

    Also, having Santa pictures at the mall in early November is offensive.

  • novasteve

    Will there be a wiccan alternative?

    • cause

      Less flippant question: Do you mind that the Washington Mall has a menorah on it, Steve? Would you prefer if it was just a Christmas tree, even though you’ve said that you’re Jewish?

      • novasteve

        Don’t we need a symbol of every religion on the mall, including my Marlboro Lights religion?

        • cause

          Sigh.

        • drax

          Do you EVER give a straight answer to a question?

  • Jeff B.

    Seriously, waaay too early.

  • SomeGuy

    I’d rather Simon Malls put Santa’s wages toward crowd, kid, hoodlum, and tourist control at that mall.

  • Hokie

    Saw Christmas Decorations at target in late September… in the local Teeter they have gingerbread house kits ready. I understand that they think people will spend when they see Christmas, but lets be reasonable.

  • Josh S

    What’s amazing to me is how pretty much everyone bemoans Christmas creep yet it still happens.
    This must mean that the crap actually sells when they put it out.

    Actions speak louder than words?

    • drax

      Like everyone hates negative political ads, but they work.

  • LittleRedBaphomet

    Hail Santa.

    • YTK

      Hail yes

  • Hank

    Is there an age limit for sitting on this guy’s lap? He looks to be quite a bit more virile than the average Santa.

    • YTK

      I dunno — those rosy cheeques look like silicone implants. Beard could be fake. Nice smile, though.

      • Glebe Roader

        Yeah, he doesn’t look like the Santa I usually see at Ballston.

      • Hank

        That’s okay. As long as he has a sack that is overflowing with goodies.

        • Joey

          That’s what she said.

        • Serbian lifeguard

          Got that covered.

    • drax

      Sandusky Claus?

  • APSNumberOne

    Oh good grief, let us have Halloween and Thanksgiving before we have to face the Christmas madness!

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