By Jessica Isaacs
The day we have all been waiting for is almost here! The kids are out of school, holiday cheer is in full swing and folks across town are taking a little vacation time to enjoy the season with their loved ones.
With a little extra time on your hands this week, why not stop by the Boone Mall for some last minute shopping, read a holiday story with the kids and say hello to Old Saint Nick? The folks at Boone Portraits will even take your picture for a small fee.
Santa Claus made his debut at the mall right after Thanksgiving along with the opening of several seasonal kiosks.
There is no charge to meet with Santa, but a local photography studio will be on hand to capture the moment. Boone Portraits, which has been in commercial photography for more than a decade and opened its own family photo studio two years ago, will be taking photos with Santa at the Boone Mall for the second year in a row.
Prices for photography begin at $10.99 for a 4×6 print and range to packages priced at $17.99. Stick around for 5-10 minutes to allow your photos to print or leave your phone number and the photographers will send you a text message when your prints are ready to go.
Leave an email address to receive a link to your prints online so you can share them on Facebook and social media. You may also purchase a CD with your images and the rights to reprint them.
You will not be permitted to take photos with your own camera or smartphone.
Along with your chance to meet Santa and seasonal specials in a variety of stores, the mall is also offering several holiday events throughout the month of December. Enjoy Christmas caroling, bell chiming, art displays and more.
“In my opinion, Christmas wouldn’t really be the same without him. I can’t really picture the mall without Santa Claus at center court with the tree,” said Mall Manager Meredith Golden. “There would be something missing, for sure, because he is a big part of the whole celebration.”
While you and the kids are there to meet Santa, enjoy a “story walk” reading of the popular children’s book Snow as you stroll through the mall.
The mall will open at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve shopping.
It will close on Christmas day and reopen on Saturday, Dec. 26 with regular hours.
The mall is located at 1180 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. For more information, visit boonencmall.com or call 828-264-7286.
Santa’s schedule at the Boone Mall on Christmas Eve:
Thursday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.