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Today we’re doing a Santa-review! We love Santa so much that we want to know how he looks at all the different stores — you know, I think he looks different depending on where you go….that’s just the mystery of Santa, I guess!

1) QUAKERBRIDGE MALL, LAWRENCEVILLE NEW JERSEY

 

Let's get our Santa tour started with Quakerbridge Mall, Lawrenceville NJ
Let’s get our Santa tour started with Quakerbridge Mall, Lawrenceville NJ

This Santa, in my (twinkling) eye, this is one spectacular Santa. His beard is white as snow. His bowl full of jelly looks like it was a plentiful harvest. And he’s just sweet as can be. Plus that backdrop is awesome looking.

2) ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON OF HAMILTON

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Robert Wood Johnson of Hamilton, Breakfast with Santa, Hamilton NJ

Here’s my little family with Santa at Robert Wood Johnson of Hamilton’s Breastfast with Santa. He was a good sport considering the influx of screaming kids (mine included). His very cool mustache is real. His beard is fake but convincing. And he’s got some jelly. And I’m talking about Santa, not my husband who is also pictured.

Here they are from last year with him:

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RWJH

DaughterTwo has not warmed to Santa yet. She’s excited about the idea of seeing him but the act of sitting on his lap is not pleasurable to her.

 

3) HOWELL FARM, LAMBERTVILLE, NJ

This is Santa from 2 years ago. Anyone want to update us on to Santa’s status at Howell Farm? He’s there for one a 1-day event and comes with his wife. And they are the sweetest looking ever.

Howell Farm, Lambertville, NJ
Howell Farm, Lambertville, NJ

They don’t have a photographer so bring your camera.  Also this event was crowded as all Christmas get-out. It was fun but be prepared for crowds.

 

4) JACKSON OUTLETS, JACKSON, NJ

Jackson Outlets, Jackson, NJ
Jackson Outlets, Jackson, NJ

This Santa is pretty great too! And he looks so nice.

 

5) KALE’S NURSERY, PRINCETON, NJ

Kale's Nursery, Princeton, NJ
Kale’s Nursery, Princeton, NJ

And this is the Santa from Kale’s Nursery in Princeton. He’s been there for a long time. We brought DaughterOne there when she was 2 years old. He was really nice and it make for a great (free) photo opportunity. They don’t have a photographer so bring your camera.

6) MARKET FAIR, PRINCETON, NJ

Market Fair 2013
Market Fair 2013

Above is Santa from Market Fair this Christmas season. Below is Santa from Market Fair from 2009. Better photo quality now. Worse Santa quality. I don’t begrudge Santa a healthy weight but what about his nose being like a cherry?

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Market Fair 2009

Anyone see any great Santas?  How about ones who are unacceptably unreal Santa pictures?

 

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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