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      Santa Claus gets Holiday season kicked off at the Riverchase Galleria

      Friday night's Lighting of the Christmas tree event at the Riverchase Galleria. (Riverchase Galleria Facebook)

      It's officially here, folks.

      The holidays are upon us. I know this because Santa Claus made his first appearance at the Riverchase Galleria on Friday night for the annual Christmas tree lighting event.

      From now until Christmas Eve, Santa will be greeting children of all ages, taking gift requests and posing for pictures at the mall. Santa's hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with one-hour breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. On Sunday's, he will be available from Noon to 6 p.m. with a break from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

      You can visit the mall's website for more information or like them on Facebook.