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How to Visit Santa This Year

Masks and distance won’t stop the magic.


At a jolly 1,750 years old, Santa is most definitely in the high-risk category for severe illness from COVID-19. (According to legend, Santa was born in 270 A.D.) So, many North Pole helpers are setting up creative ways to make pandemic-era Santa visits special. From online interactions to contactless visits, here’s how kids can safely share their wish list with Kris Kringle.

“Many of us are going virtual,” explains Tom Carmody, who founded the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas. Carmody will host virtual visits through welcomesanta.com and its sister site santavideo.chat, and will also don a mask for in-person events with special “Santa Zones” that allow for social distancing and one-way traffic flow.


Thanks to all these offerings, one thing is certain this season: Masks and distance won’t stop the magic.

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