HALFWAY - Carolers wrapped in fur and long coats serenaded a crowd wearing more weather-appropriate attire, including sandals, shorts and tank tops, as people waited for carriage rides on Friday night outside Valley Mall.
Inside, Hailey Bui and her family waited more than an hour for Santa Claus to arrive.
"I'm not waiting for this. Where is he?" asked Hailey, 4, as she clutched her mother's hand.
Hailey planned to ask Santa for Bratz dolls this year, said her mother, Shaunta Smith.
Santa spent Friday at the barbershop, getting his beard trimmed and hair cut so he would be ready for the big arrival, sources said.
Santa arrived in the mall's center court riding with Mrs. Claus on his Christmas Express train. He then got to work hearing children's Christmas wishes, while Mrs. Claus made her way through the crowd having her picture taken with children.