See Santa early. Santa arrives at the mall the day after Thanksgiving. That’s when the lines are the shortest and Santa’s helpers have the most time to make sure your photo turns out. Every day that passes the lines get longer. Your children can always write a letter to Santa revising their wish list if need be.
Do your best to make the trip during normal business hours. If you can make it to the Santa set during a weekday morning that’s when you’ll find the shortest lines. The shorter the lines the less time for your kids to get antsy or hungry(hangery).
If you suspect your child might be afraidof Santa start talking about Santa weeks ahead of time. When youarrive to the set,stand off to the side, a fair distance, and let them watch Santa greet other children. Be patient and explain to them who Santa is and what he does. If your child is older and still afraid try to find out specifically what they are afraid of and address it.