Santa arrives at local mall two weeks before Thanksgiving

The Mall at Fairfield Commons has kicked off its schedule of events and shopping specials for the holiday season.

The mall, located at 2727 Fairfield Commons Drive, celebrated the start of its holiday events with Santa’s arrival on Friday morning. Customers can have their photo taken with Santa from Nov. 11 to Dec. 24.

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“The Mall at Fairfield Commons is excited to kick-off the holiday season with the Second Annual Wreath Lighting event,” said Hannah Mohler, marketing director at The Mall at Fairfield Commons. “This annual celebration marks the beginning of our seasonal celebrations, which are sure to complement visitors’ holiday shopping traditions.”

Some of the events include:

• The “Polar Bear Express” gives children the chance to be taken on a free train ride with a special story time with Mrs. Claus. Reservations are needed. The event is scheduled for Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8p.m.

• Local bakers will come to the mall on Dec. 10 and 11 for the “Holiday Sweets & Treats Expo.” Treat yourself to cookies, brownies and fudge in the lower level of Macy’s Court.

• On Dec. 18 at 10 a.m., families buy a special breakfast with the Snow Queen at Bravo! Cucina Italiana. The meal cost $5.95 for kids and $11.95 for adults. Reservations are required and must be made by Dec. 15.

Interested patrons can view the whole list of events at the mall's website.

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