Expect some changes when visiting Santa this year

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 10:32:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID can't stop Santa Claus. He's still coming to town, but like everything else in 2020, it'll be a little different this time. 13 Action News Anchor Tricia Kean looks at how ol' Saint Nick is shifting gears.


Santa's lap is a "no sit zone" this year. The Bass Pro Shop says Santa's Wonderland will be using Plexiglas to keep families separated from Kris Kringle. But tell the kids not to worry.

"It's a magic Plexiglas that allows wishes to pass through. So Santa can hear all the wishes and know exactly what the kids are wanting," says Maureen Jones of Bass Pro Shop Las Vegas.


Just be sure to reserve a spot online. No walk-ins are allowed, to avoid crowds and help visitors practice social distancing.

"We'll sanitize between each family. We want to make sure we have plenty of time in order to keep everything clean. So we all stay safe and healthy," says Maureen.


At some of his other usual stops, Santa will be putting in fewer hours to get ready for Christmas. The big guy is only visiting with families for select weekends at Ethel M's Cactus Garden in Henderson.

"However you have to make a reservation this year to see him and unfortunately we are completely booked at this moment," says Lisa Vannerson with Ethel M.

The good news is new spots could be opening up. So Ethel M suggests following them on social media for the very latest.

Other locations won't see Santa at all this holiday season. At Downtown Summerlin kids will instead be able to drop off their letters to Santa at his special red mailbox on Festival Plaza Drive.


Santa has also figured out how to make the magic snowball work in both directions. Now you can see him, too!

Chit-Chat with Santa gives kids a chance to speak with him online. The 6-minute call will cost mom and dad $28, and $35 after December 1st.


Whatever you decide to do this year, just be prepared for a change from the usual routine.

"If you do show up and you don't know what's happening this season... Most likely we'll be able to fit you in. We just can't guarantee it without a reservation. But would ask for your patience please," says Lisa.