Many of the usual places children can see Santa Claus are still inviting him from the North Pole, but have several precautions in place due to COVID-19.

Visits with Santa Claus will be a little different this Christmas season. (Photo: ToddKuhns, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Add a facemask to the red suit and floppy hat for ol’ Kriss Kringle this year.

Despite a world that looks incredibly different this holiday season, Santa Claus will still make himself available across the region to children seeking gift requests this year.

Many of the area malls will bring Santa back this holiday season, though it will look plenty different than years past. Santa’s Flight Academy returns to Twelve Oaks Mall with a contactless option beginning Friday a little later than in previous years. Santa will hold court in his usual spot in the center of the mall and don a face covering when meeting