WATCH: Santa arrives to Crossroads Mall in style

MOUNT HOPE (WOAY) – The holidays are off to an early start and kids are got a very special surprise this weekend.

Santa Claus is in town and he’s trading in his red sleigh for a helicopter and a red fire engine.

He was surrounded by hundreds of kids eager to meet Kris Kringle himself. Santa made his way into the Crossroads Mall, listening to the Christmas wishes of young boys and girls.

If you stopped by- you were probably waiting for a while. The line spanning nearly the entire first floor with kids waiting to find out if Saint Nick had them on the naughty or nice list.

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