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November 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm #601247
I know, I know…it’s early. But anyone know the start date this year (WSB Editor?). They used to start pre-Thanksgiving and now I think it’s the weekend after…? Love to get in early for holiday cards. Thanks!November 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm #740389
Here is a link to the information it starts Nov. 25th. http://www.santaphotos.com/locations/westwood-village/November 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm #740390November 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm #740391
If it is, they’re sure a lot more organized. Most things at WV aren’t even online. Thanks to LM for dredging that up. The holiday info we have is on our regular events calendar but we’re porting it over to the annual traditional Holidays page as I speak. Junction is doing things a little differently this year too, as we mentioned on the main page a week or so ago … professional photos at City Mouse two Sundays, and a DIY photo day the third – http://wsjunction.org/2009/10/hometown-holidays-2011/
– TracyNovember 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm #740392
All I typed in was Westwood Village Santa 2011 and I found the link. We were at Westwood last weekend and it looked like they were getting decorations and Santa’s house ready for the photos.
Tracy – do you happen to know if the holiday wagon rides will be in the junction again this year? Any holiday themed plays for kids in the area?November 15, 2011 at 4:46 am #740393
They’ve commercialized it? Noooooo! Now it’s a photo-in-the-box company? Is the retired Janitor Santa gone…the perfect one who sat for free with food donation? The one we’ve had the past two years. And those prices – this is not Nordstrom. I could cry. Maybe they just got booted from Westwood? WSB – please find out!November 15, 2011 at 5:09 am #740394
Wait! I didn’t read that far! Pricing – not a toy or food donation?
WSB – we NEED the skinny on this! Our Santa pictures have always been the Westwood Santa (sorry – I don’t know what else to call him). He is wonderful and a favorite part of our holidays is to get our picture and then get a toy for the tree.
Please – we need the real story!November 15, 2011 at 5:18 am #740395
We’ll track down mall management tomorrow. Remember, they changed ownership this year. Actually I think I may have an e-mail address for the new site manager … will find it … TRNovember 15, 2011 at 5:45 am #740396
After looking at their web site, I did find a 50% OFF coupon. This should bring the $21 fee down to $11.November 15, 2011 at 5:56 am #740397
And… if you would like to have your picture taken with the old Fredrick and Nelson backdrop, you can find that up in Lake Forest Park.November 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm #740398
The Westwood Santa told us a couple years ago that he used to work as the Nordstrom’s santa. They quit paying for his parking and he said, see ya. Came to Westwood. Funny thing is my sister who has teenagers came with us a couple years ago and said, That’s the same Santa the boys had when they were little! We looked at old pictures and sure enough. I’m very sad this is changing. Felt like our little West Seattle secret. He was so great with the kids and never rushed you through. It seemed like a great fundraiser for the food bank.November 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm #740399
Maybe it is time for Santa pictures at Hotwire, they do great pics at Halloween.November 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm #740400
Yes!! Hotwire – find that Santa and take food donations. We will all buy coffee….PLEASE!!!November 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm #740401November 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm #740402
Got the info from Westwood. Will be writing about it shortly (I have one more bit of info to research). In the words of the center manager (who again is from their new management firm, which came in with the ownership change), “It’s different, but we think it will be better.” – TracyNovember 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm #740403November 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm #740404November 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm #740405
Of course they’re going to say it’s better – they are charging a lot of money. I am so anti-commercial Santa. So impersonal, rushed, cookie-cutter. Thanks karen and luckymom30 – let us know!!November 16, 2011 at 1:12 am #740406
I will I have contacted Hotwire and I will post the their answer. I think it would be good for all the junction merchants getting people to the junction for Santa pics or a visit to Santa and maybe some local shopping.November 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm #740407
Donna Ryan PhotographyMember
The Junction Association has been hosting Santa for several years and will do so this year also. 100% of the $15 suggested donation goes to West Seattle charities. It is my understanding that they can buy far more food / diapers etc with the cash than we can. The Junction’s Santa is a great guy from the neighborhood who volunteers his time for this. He is patient, kind and wonderful with the kids. He embodies the ‘spirit’ of the Holidays.November 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm #740408
The Junction Santa is fantastic; we’ve gone every year. And Donna takes beautiful pictures!November 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm #740409
Found last years schedule but it shows it is for only Dec. 19th?November 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm #740410
Donna Ryan PhotographyMember
This year’s schedule:November 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm #740411
Lora from Hotwire has called and says she’s looking into the possibility.November 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm #740412
Which was noted in our front page story about this whole thing – Junction Santa AND Westwood Santa, including comments from Westwood management and their new (but longtime local) Santa photo firm:
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