It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’ve been singing Christmas songs non-stop today because Santa Claus will arrive at University Mall tonight to usher in the holiday season with a parade that begins at 6pm.

Children of all ages are invited to help welcome Santa to his Magical Forest in the Center Court of the mall. Those who want to make merry and march with the Holt High School Band are asked to line up at 5:45pm next to the Belk Men’s store.

Kids can bring a new toy to donate to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The Angel Tree provides new toys and clothing to children in need during the holiday season.

After the parade, create a Christmas memory with a photo with Santa and a ride through the Magical Forest on the Holiday Express! Santa’s hours this season will be 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm, and 6pm to 6pm each Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 3pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm each Sunday.