Santa Clause IS coming to town this year after all. The jolly ole man himself will be at Sangertown Square Mall in New Hartford for the holiday season. He'll also be available virtually.

Sangertown Square has teamed up with Cherry Hill Programs, to bring Santa safely back to Sangertown Square this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Santa will arrive November 27th at 11am. He'll be available to greet the kids for the weekend and will return the following weekend, December 4th. Then on December 9th Santa Clause will be at in center court at Sangertown Square Mall daily through Christmas Eve.

“Ho, ho, ho! I’m looking forward to seeing all of the good boys and girls in New Hartford this year,” said Claus. “I know this will be a very different season for us all, but it will be a very special one because we all get to keep the magic of the season alive in a way that’s safe and memorable for everyone!”

Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am - 8pm and Sunday from 11am - 6pm (November 29th and December 6th). Sundays beginning December 13th are 11am - 7pm. Christmas eve is 9am - 5pm.

Everyone must wear a mask and follow social distancing rules. Santa and his helpers will also be wearing face coverings and social distancing.

“It’s important to keep as much of the beloved holiday tradition alive, now, more than ever,” said Sangertown Square Director of Marketing Victoria Orilio. “We could all use a dose of Santa’s merry disposition, but we also have to evolve with the times and do it safely.”

Reservations are strongly encouraged with walk- up visits available as space allows throughout the day.

For those who cannot visit Santa, you can still Create Holiday Magic. Packages will be available for families who want to participate in a Zoom Call with Santa or story time with Santa. Special holiday gift boxes are also available.

Photo Credit - Cherry Hill Programs