Middle Tennessee malls offer safe experience with Santa despite COVID-19

Santa is taking COVID-19 precautions at local malls
Posted at 10:23 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 23:23:32-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's that time of year when Santa can be found at malls across America, but even he's not immune to COVID-19.

"The magic of Christmas is still alive. We want to make sure that kids can get their wish requests in so Santa can come grant them on Christmas morning," said Tori Dean, marketing director for CoolSprings Galleria.

At CoolSprings, a visit with Santa this year may look a little different complete with hand sanitizers and social distancing.

"Santa is masked up. He does get his temperature checked everyday," said Dean.

For those who may not feel ready to see Santa in person yet CoolSprings is even offering virtual visits.

The Mall at Green Hills is also offering a socially distant experience with Santa.

"So the kids will be in front of Santa, six feet plus, and they get to take a picture with Santa," said Norah Buikstrahe, The Mall at Green Hills general manager.

Floor markers reminder visitors to wait in line six feet apart and masks are required.

"As long as they're seated and taking the picture they can pull the mask off for that moment but otherwise it's all masks," said Buikstra.

It's all in an effort to keep the Christmas spirit alive, and healthy this year.