A Photo of Your Kid with Santa? It Will
Be Costly in Caruso’s Palisades Village
For as many years as locals can remember, the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce sponsored Holiday Ho!Ho!Ho!, which involved closing off a street in the Village, first Swarthmore and then later Antioch.
The Chamber offered hot chocolate and popcorn and set up tables with free crafts and cookie decorating for kids who came to visit Santa. There was a coffee cart and a balloon man and face painting. Fancy Feet dancers performed and, on several occasions, movies were shown on an outdoor screen.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus would arrive on a Fire Station 69 engine, joined by Mr. and Miss Palisades and several other town luminaries, and would make their way to a sleigh constructed by local contractor Tim Marschall (TMC General Contractors).
Children would form a long line and, one by one, tell Santa their wishes, often handing him a list. If a child asked for a dog, Santa would always say, “I’ll need to talk that over with your parents.”
Last year there was nearly perfect weather and a full moon. One small child asked Santa how his reindeer were able to fly, and the big man whispered “Magic.”
It was indeed magical, even if there were no professional photographs for sale. Often the entire family would come aboard the sleigh and sit next to Santa and have a friend take a photo.
This year the Chamber is no longer sponsoring Santa; instead, parents need to make an appointment at Caruso’s Palisades Village if they want their kids to see the jolly man.
According to the Caruso website, “Walk-ups are welcome, but wait times may vary.” Santa is available from November 26 through December 14 and reservations start at 10:30 a.m. and run through 7:50 p.m. in 10-minute increments.
There are four options: 1) $100–The VIP package includes a flash drive with all images and Santa video, four photos (5×7, 3×5, or wallet), two ornaments and an all-day valet pass; 2) the $75 Premium has an email link to images and videos and four photos; 3) the $65 Package A includes an email link to images and video, a 5×7 photo and two 3×5 photos; and 4) $45 buys an email link to images and a magnetic frame.
If you do not want one of the above options, your child may still visit Santa, but you may not take a personal photo.
The website notes that 5% of the photo proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Instead of Ho!Ho!Ho!, the Chamber will sponsor a “stroll through the village” on November 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.
During that time, every guest will receive a map of the business district divided into three sections, with participating businesses posted. A guest must visit at least three businesses in every section and have their map stamped. At the end of the stroll, turn in the map, which will be entered into a drawing for $1,000 and a free lottery holiday scratcher.
With a receipt of $200 that evening, the Chamber of Commerce will offer free gift wrapping at its office, 15330 Antioch St., between 5 and 8 p.m. Visit: Palisadescamber.com.