Santa is available at the mall near my house for photo sessions. When I called earlier this afternoon the wait was around 90 minutes. The other mall I called said the line was all the way down the mall. I would rather stick a fork in my eye than stand in a line that long with 2 young children. Last year my kids got sick from some other kids feeding them its cold-infested boogers while waiting for the Claus.
We decided to try first thing tomorrow morning. As we were in the mongo line of traffic to see the Zilker Park trail of lights, I called the mall to find out Santa’s hours. The lady said they opened at 8:30. When I asked what the best time of day was to go, she laughed at me, then said in a musing sort of voice, “Actually, right now our line is only 10 minutes.”
We hauled ass into a U-Turn faster than you can say St. Nick. Hub went the wrong way which turned out to be serendipitous since we discovered A) a shortcut to some B) free parking for the Trail of Lights. Not only did we get Santa pictures, but we also did the lights tonight, and no lines for either. None, as in we waltzed right up to Santa and the kids got to spend a good 5 minutes with him since there wasn’t anyone waiting.
That was cool.