PALO ALTO (KPIX) — For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Santa Claus has returned to Palo Alto as most of us remember him.
Old St. Nick was well received on his first day on the job at a Palo Alto mall on Friday.
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This year, there are no masks and no social distancing required to see Santa Claus at the Stanford Mall. Kris Kringle is vaccinated and getting closer to him like he did in the pre-pandemic years.
Children sat on Santa’s lap and even played games with him.
Anna Wong of Los Gatos said she would consider taking her two-year-old to see Santa this year.
“That would be cool. She hasn’t seen Santa Claus since she was very little, about six months old. But I don’t know how she’ll react sitting on Santa’s lap,” he said. she declared.
In the nearby village of Town and Country, KPIX found people ready to get into the holiday spirit.
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Simon Dimaio of San Carlos said he would probably take his son to see Santa Claus this year.
“It’s nice to be able to go out again and for him to be able to mingle with some of his friends,” he said.
When asked what was the best part about being able to see Santa Claus this year, his son Jordan Dimaio replied, “Because I get toys.”
Some people KPIX spoke to said they expect a lot more for the holidays this year.
“Certainly much more optimistic. I feel much happier. I’m happier hanging out with my family and friends, I mean I’m having dinner right now,” said San Jose resident Kevin Nguyen.
Back at the Stanford Mall, there was no shortage of holiday cheer. KPIX 5 photographer Bob Horn went beard to beard with Santa and was offered a job on the spot.
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