The Claus Clause

Finding the perfect place to get up-close and personal with Santa Claus becomes a priority as Christmas gets closer. Shopping centers are a convenient option, since Santa is usually available for a photo anytime during mall hours through Christmas Eve. The Cherry Creek mall, 3000 East First Avenue (, has a Polar Express-themed exhibit, but it will cost at least $17 to get a photo of your kid sitting with the jolly old elf. At FlatIrons Crossing, 1 West FlatIron Circle in Broomfield (, Santa picture packages start at $19.99. But you can get a free 4x6 photo of your child sitting with Santa at Bass Pro Shops, 7970 Northfield Boulevard, from now through December 24, and the store’s Santa’s Wonderland display includes craft projects and an indoor skating rink – with no fee to use the skates. For more info, go to

Saint Nick will attend many individual holiday events around the area as well, including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with him at the Malley Senior Recreation Center, 3380 South Lincoln Street in Englewood, with seatings at 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 12. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ten and under; for information, call 303-762-2660. The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, is not only offering Zoo Lights daily from 5 to 9 p.m. through January 3 (admission is $4 to $8), but will also host Santa on several occasions, including Breakfast With Santa every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. through December 20, and Desserts with Santa at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 21. Tickets are $10 to $20, and reservations are required; for more information, visit

Santa will also be stopping by Avon's Icing on the Lake and hopping aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s Dickens of a Christmas Train. For more information on these and other holiday happenings, unwrap our Santa Sightings listings at
Dec. 1-24, 2009

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Aubrey Shoe
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