Terrible news if your little ones are excited to see jolly, old Saint Nick this holiday season- there’s a Santa shortage happening across the US. HireSanta.com is a website where you can go and rent Santa for your holiday gatherings, and their CEO Mitch Allen told Fox 59 News in Indianapolis they’re struggling to meet demand. Allen warned the news outlets: “If you’re hunting for a Santa on the weekend, it might be too late this year, but we’re already having people wanting to book Santa for 2023.”

The famous Santa website says they have fewer staff due to elderly employees retiring and facing health concerns from the pandemic. In total, Allen says he’s seen the demand for Santa up 30% from last year. But lucky for you, we’ve compiled this list of some of the local places you can pop in and say hello to Kris Kringle.

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Cabelas- Photos for kids and family pets! From November 5th through December 24th. Advanced reservations are recommended, schedule your visit at the Cabelas website.

Cielo Vista Mall- Open from November 29th through December 12th from 11 am to 7 pm most days. Please see all hours on the Cielo Vista Mall website.

Sunland Park Mall- from December 1st through December 24th. Please visit Sunland Park Mall’s website to see specific dates and hours.

Petsmart- Santa photos for pets are available December 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th. Reservations are strongly encouraged and you can register for the event at Petsmart’s website.

Fountains at Farah- Open weekends from November 25th through December 18th then all week long from December 19th through the 24th. Find more information at the Fountains at Farah website.

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