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Kids can skip the lines to see Santa at Oakbrook Center

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  • Lucy Ferron, 9, and Roxanne Ferron, 6, of Hickory Hills, visit Santa at Oakbrook Center's glass pavilion.

      Lucy Ferron, 9, and Roxanne Ferron, 6, of Hickory Hills, visit Santa at Oakbrook Center's glass pavilion.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Katelyn O'Toole, a 9-year-old from LaGrange, meets with Santa at Oakbrook Center.

      Katelyn O'Toole, a 9-year-old from LaGrange, meets with Santa at Oakbrook Center.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Santa Claus is reminding kids to be on their best behavior inside a glass pavilion decked out with snow and a digital countdown to Christmas calender.

      Santa Claus is reminding kids to be on their best behavior inside a glass pavilion decked out with snow and a digital countdown to Christmas calender.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Santa Claus tries to unwind during the busy holiday season.

      Santa Claus tries to unwind during the busy holiday season.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Katelyn O'Toole, a 9-year-old who lives in LaGrange, visits Santa at Oakbrook Center.

      Katelyn O'Toole, a 9-year-old who lives in LaGrange, visits Santa at Oakbrook Center.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Any kid watching the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" knows there's only one truly nerve-wracking scene.

It isn't the moment when Ralphie searches by the Christmas tree for his carbine-action, 200-shot range Red Ryder model air rifle. And it isn't the part when Ralphie confronts his bully.

No, the all-too-real scene that leaves young viewers on the edge of their seats is the moment Ralphie and his brother realize they have to wait in a really long line to see Santa just as the department store is about to close.

To help ease all that anxiety, Santa is taking reservations this year from kids who want to get down to the business of holiday wish lists at Oakbrook Center.

Youngsters can skip the lines and reserve one-on-one time with Kriss Kringle -- he is a busy man, after all -- at the shopping center's festive glass pavilion across from Starbucks.

The mall is booking appointments with Santa at its website, Oakbrookcenter.com. Anyone who signs up between Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 9 receives $5 off photos with St. Nick.

Santa will visit with kids from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon until 6 p.m. Sunday.

His special hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

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