Valley Mall in Union Gap has been transformed. If you were ever curious what it takes, well I was witness to the many man-hours and late-night coffees including volunteers being asked to become Christmas Tree fluffers, fun. At this moment, accepting that the most wonderful time of the year has begun is all good with me.

and so it begins

Seriously, I know people are putting up their Christmas Trees already, no shame in your decoration game or shopping plans.

Valley Mall's Christmas transformation means one thing, Santa is coming and before you say it, yes due to Covid-19 there this year is going to look a touch different.

All ready for Santa

Beginning on Friday, November 27th through Wednesday, December 23rd there will be no contact photos with Santa between the hours of 12 pm - 7 pm and Thursday, December 24th from 9 am - 5 pm.

If you are interested in visiting Santa virtually this year, that option is available as well.

Virtual Visits with Santa Friday, November 27th - Wednesday, December 23rd Monday - Sunday 10 am - 2 pm. You can reserve your five-minute video call with Santa for $24.95. The video is an instant keepsake that you can instantly download and share with family and friends.

What exactly does a no-contact visit with Santa look like?

Children will have no physical contact with Santa.  Santa will still be in the photos and will still be able to chat with the children and hear their wishes, but there will be no physical contact. This includes sitting on Santa’s lap, hugging Santa, etc.  Parents, we ask that you please have this discussion with your children prior to arrival so that everyone knows exactly what to expect.

Everyone is required to wear masks if you are over the age of two. You can choose to take the mask off for the photo and then put it right back on afterward and