Annual pictures with Santa begin at Orchard Park with social distancing still in effect

Social distanced Santa

Santa has arrived at Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

Wednesday, Dec. 1, was the opening day of pictures with Santa at the mall, hosted by Kelowna Actors Studio.

This year, the set is again designed with COVID-19 protocols in mind. Santa is safely distanced from kids and families, and you have to book your appointment in advance.

Bookings are filling up fast. Most availability on weekends have been snapped up, but there are still appointments available on weekdays.

Kelowna Actors Studio has been in charge of the show for more than ten years. They have created a winter wonderland complete with Santa on his sleigh and the North Pole in the background.

The display is set up in the old Le Chateau storefront, and the whole family can get in on the picture. The final day for photos is December 24.

Kelowna Actors Studio is also offering a couple of added features to its online bookings.

You can sign up to have your child receive a text from the ‘jolly old elf’, including a Santa selfie in front of your Christmas tree. As well, on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, The Grinch will be making an appearance for those who want a slightly more tongue-in-cheek holiday photo.

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