It’s going to take more than a worldwide pandemic to keep Santa Claus from posing for holiday photos with your kids. COVID-19 may have cancelled many holiday traditions, but if you're open to venturing out among the masses, you and the little ones can still visit with Santa.

Mall owners and big box stores in El Paso are going ahead with plans to bring Jolly Ole St. Nick back this year – despite the continued presence of the virus in the community, and the fact that Santa's age, weight, and presumably underlying health conditions put him in the COVID-19 high risk category.

Now, to be fair, they will be taking precautions, such as face masks and social distancing. Want to sit on Santa’s lap or gather around the Big Guy? That’ll get you a ‘No, no, no!’ instead of a ‘Ho, ho, ho!’ So, fear not for Santa.

Besides, if we’ve learned anything from decades of hearing Cheech and Chong’s Christmas-time classic, Santa Claus and His Old Lady, it's that he doesn't have to wait for Big Pharma to roll out a vaccine because he has the magic dust.

In-Person Photos with Santa – What to Know Before You Go

Cielo Vista: Nov. 20 – Dec. 24

• A reservation and face covering is required.
• Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of visit
• Guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but still have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Santa while maintaining physical distance.

Click HERE for more details, and HERE for COVID-19 Guidelines.

Basset Place: Nov. 21 – Dec. 24

• No physical contact between Santa and guests
• Santa will be wearing a face covering during photos
• Face coverings for guests during photos are encouraged

Click HERE for more detail.

Sunland Park: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24

• Advance reservation strongly encouraged, with walk-up visits permitted as space allows
• Face covering is required.
• Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of visit
• Guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but still have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Santa while maintaining physical distance.

Click HERE for more details, and HERE for COVID-19 Guidelines.

Cabela’s: Now – Dec. 24 (Photos are Free)

• Advance reservations are required as spots are limited to allow physical distancing and additional cleaning.
• All families will complete temperature screening with a non-contact thermometer
• A glare-free clear protective barrier will be in place between Santa and families at all times
• Face coverings required

Click HERE for more details.

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