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NJ malls transform at Christmastime: photo booths, trees, hefty ornaments, lights and holiday music galore. This year, Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus is bringing back a decorative icon from winters past, the legendary giant light-up Santa Claus.
The new Santa figure is 45 feet tall and has size 90 boots. After finding a place atop a chimney from the ’50s through the ’80s, Santa’s making his first return this year.
While the tradition is an old one, the actual Santa Claus isn’t the original; that one was 51 feet tall and towered over the mall parallel to Rte. 17. This jolly staple became the unofficial sign of the holiday season’s start in Bergen County.
To see St. Nick in all his glowing glory, head to entrance 7 by Nordstrom on November 15 at 6 pm for the lighting ceremony and countdown. Afterwards, take in musical stylings of Paramus students and wave to Santa in the flesh as he arrives on a Paramus fire truck.
The kids will get to meet Kris Kringle, then sip hot cocoa and munch away on sweet treats until 9:30 pm. RSVP online for a shot at a $500 Westfield gift card (that should make a dent in your holiday shopping!)