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Pictures with Santa? What to expect at Triangle Town Center 2020

(The Triangle Trend) — Parents like watching their kids talk to Santa just as much as kids like talking to Santa. And even though 2020 seems to be a year filled with coal, one thing that hasn’t been deprived of our kiddos is their long awaited annual sit-down with Santa.

When it comes to Raleigh and Santa visits, there’s one place at the top of locals’ list– Triangle Town Center. With Triangle Town Center being a relatively busy shopping mall no matter the time of day, you may have been worried that Covid-related capacity restrictions would prevent Santa’s trip from the north pole (just in case we have any six year olds reading).

However, we’re in luck. From December 4 to December 24, 2020, Santa Claus is coming back to Triangle Town Center located at 5959 Triangle Town Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616!

Though bear in mind, the ‘Santa Station’ will be closed December 7th through 8th.

You’ll find Santa in all his glory at the Lower Level Center Court.

Hours for visitation are Mondays through Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, with Santa’s Break from 3:00 to 4:00pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, with Santa’s Break from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. Christmas Eve hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, with Santa’s Break from 1:00 to 2:00pm.

They strongly encourage all visitors to make reservations (all of fifteen minute duration) in advance, which can be done here. Though Walk-up visits will be available as space permits throughout the day. You’re also encouraged to review their website ahead of time for details including COVID Guidelines.

Among those guidelines are the state-wide mandates of six feet apart social distancing and mandatory face masks. They ask that you don’t enter Triangle Town Center if you have a fever or any other Covid19 symptoms.

You’ll need to pay special attention that you enter and exit through their marked doors and follow directional arrows. You’ll also need to keep any social gatherings to nine people or less. All those guidelines are subject to change if government regulation deems it proper.

Aside from Triangle Town Center alone, Cherry Hill Programs, the ones in charge of providing the Santa Clause experience, have also rolled out a list of their precautions.

They too ask that all guests wear face coverings, unless under two years of age.

Their website ensures guests that all “will experience physical distancing practices at the set, including maintaining social distance in queues and physical barriers where space doesn’t allow for 6 feet of separation.”

Contactless payment is greatly appreciated and encouraged, including debit cards, credit cards, Apple Pay, etc.

A message from Cherry Hill Programs themselves states: “It is our top priority to ensure the health and well-being of our guests & Santa, therefore, this year guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but will still have the opportunity to engage in conversation and a magical experience with Santa, while maintaining physical distance.”

Rest assured that all Cherry Hill Programs associates and Santa Claus will be required to complete a temperature check, prior to starting any shift.

In between shifts Santa’s suit will be regularly sprayed with disinfectant, a Lysol spray or similar product.

Though it may be different from the last time you visited, these new measures are designed to offer a magical Cherry Hill Programs experience in a responsible way.

So time to grab your favorite pair of antlers alongside your favorite ugly sweater, and get your kids buckled up.

And you may also want to bring a couple extra bucks to take advantage of some of Triangle Town’s Christmas sales and food court specialties.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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