Santa Claus arrives for holidays at The Palms

Santa Claus arrives for holidays at The Palms

Mrs. Claus helps youngsters visiting Santa at The Palms.

Christmas arrived in Kendall amidst bright sunshine under waving fronds that began The Palms first holiday season since completing its “new look.”

St. Nick and Mrs. Claus arrived Dec. 7 with a police escort in an open Mercedes Benz convertible that matched the contemporary style of the plaza that is completing a three-year redevelopment begun in 2008-09.

Crowds of kids were treated to gifts, face painting and holiday music with the first 150 smallfry receiving $35 gift cards or a free holiday blanket after telling their Christmas wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Claus under a tented canopy.

All received free photos while sitting in Santa’s lap while parents were welcome to try a free massage next door. Ten tons of “real snow” kept hundreds joyously tossing snowballs from 3 to 7 p.m. before an 84-degree sun ended the fun.

The afternoon-long celebration wound up with a screening of the movie Elf from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in a roped-off square at a central parking lot.

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