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Santa arrives at U Village

November 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

By Joon Yi

U Village holiday shoppers might feel a bit more Christmas spirit now that a certain red-clothed, white-bearded man has taken up temporary residence next to Fran’s Chocolate.

Santa Claus has arrived with reindeer and trees, and quickly went about setting up his “Santa Cabin.” Nearby rests the Christmas Giving Tree, a charity tree under which passersby can place gifts for donation. Inside the Santa Cabin, anyone to take a picture with Santa Claus. The cabin is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Santa takes a trip to “feed the reindeer” from 2-3 p.m. daily, and he probably has a bite to eat as well.  Photographs are for sale in various packages, prices ranging from $16 to$46.’

In front of Ben Bridge and next to Headlines Salon stands a tall Giving Tree. This tree holds “wish tags” that anyone can take to be a Santa for charity. To take part in this event, take a tag that best interests you, purchase the gift for the person on the tag and then return the unwrapped gift and put it in the box.  Last year, there were more than 1,000 gifts donated through the Giving Tree. The tree and box will be there from Nov. 26 to Dec. 20 to give you plenty of time to shop for a heart-warming purpose.

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