Santa Claus is com­ing to town

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Santa ar­rives in town this week­end, and the jolly old elf has quite a busy sched­ule this sea­son.

The big man knows how to make an en­trance! He’ll ar­rive at Hamil­ton Place on Satur­day, Nov. 10, lead­ing a pa­rade that will cir­cle the mall be­fore end­ing at the Food Court en­trance.

Themed “Toys, Trains & Candy Canes,” the 20th an­niver­sary pa­rade will start at 11 a.m. near Sears.

Al l money raised through en­try fees paid by units in the pa­rade will be do­nated to the For­got­ten Child Fun, which pro­vides Christ­mas for needy fam­i­lies.

Once set­tled in his place of honor at the mall, Santa will be there for pho­tos with chil­dren as well as pho­tos with fam­ily pets. Pet own­ers may bring their furry friends to the mall each Mon­day night through Dec. 10.

FREE PHO­TOS WITH SANTA AT BASS PRO SHOPS AND CA­BELA’S

To cel­e­brate 10 years of Santa’s Won­der­land, Bass Pro Shops is cel­e­brat­ing Santa’s ar­rival by of­fer­ing free pho­tos with Santa. With the ex­pan­sion of the won­der­land’s magic to all Ca­bela’s lo­ca­tions for the first time, the two busi­nesses ex­pect to pro­vide more than a mil­lion free 4- by 6-inch pho­tos.

Santa ar­rives at Bass Pro Shops and Ca­bela’s on Satur­day, Nov. 10, and will be there through Christ­mas Eve. Bass Pro Shops and Ca­bela’s will trans­form their re­tail lo­ca­tions into fes­tive Christ­mas vil­lages with free fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Set a mong rus­tic Christ­mas cab­ins, hol­i­day char­ac­ters and live elves, the Christ­mas vil­lage of­fers crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties such as a Lin­coln Logs build­ing area, laser and foam toy ar­cade, gam­ing sta­tion, re­mote- con­trol trucks and let­ter-writ­ing sta­tions. Ac­tiv­i­ties will vary by lo­ca­tion.

Upon ar­riv­ing at a store, guests should visit the Bass Pass Ticket De­pot to ob­tain a re­quired Bass Pass, which pro­vides a time slot to visit Santa. Free Bass Pass reser­va­tions are avail­able in- store on a first- come, first-served ba­sis.

Week nights will in­clude free plush givea ways from 5 to 7 p.m. Mon­days through Thurs­days start­ing Nov. 12.

Ev­ery store will have a drop-off sta­tion for toys that will be do­nated to Toys for Tots. Fam­i­lies that bring a new toy to do­nate Nov. 24 or 25 will re­ceive a free photo pack­age val­ued at $20.

For more in­for­ma­tion: basspro. com/santa or ca­belas. com/santa and se­lect a store lo­ca­tion.

STAFF FILE PHOTO

On Thurs­day night, Nov. 15, Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga fans can take pic­tures with Santa in his Moc­s­themed suit at Hamil­ton Place. UTC mas­cot Scrappy is pic­tured with Santa at his photo shoot.

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