AURORA | Even the grim new coronavirus can’t stop Christmas from coming, at least not an iconic part of it.
The new normal has adjusted the tradition of visiting Santa at two Aurora shopping malls before Christmas to discuss gifts and other serious matters.
The two Santa experiences focus on safety. One in Aurora Southlands and the other in the Town Center in the Aurora malls, both housed families and their children with the opportunity to tell their favorite elf what they want for Christmas and have their pictures taken.
In Southlands, Santa Claus greeted children and families behind a plexiglass wall. In downtown Aurora, he wore a mask and face shield with a wall of gifts and a meter between Kris and his visitors.
Santa will be in downtown Aurora by Christmas Eve, but he was able to fly to Southlands shortly for that weekend.