Santa kicks off the holiday season by snapping the world's largest "elfie" at Mall of America® with 500 of his closest friends

Nov 11, 2015, 21:10 ET from Mall of America

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Never one to shy away from the camera, Santa Claus snapped the world's largest "elfie" with more than 500 children at Mall of America. In honor of Veteran's Day, 50 United States Marines also joined the man in red.

"We plan for an entire year to make sure Santa's arrival is engaging and memorable for our guests," said Dan Jasper, VP of communications at Mall of America. "In past years, the Mall has seen Santa ziplining, dancing his way in with the Rockettes, and coasting in on the Mall's indoor roller coaster. This year, he arrived by train." 

According to a recent 2015 consumer forecast from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 50 percent of parents with children ages 13 or younger plan to make a trip to a shopping center specifically to visit Santa.

Mall of America's Santaland is even more magical this year with larger-than-life, nostalgic toys to delight millions of guests. Santaland features 29 glimmering, silver trees and custom décor, from a 6-foot-tall rocking horse to a towering, animatronic jack-in-the-box. 

Mall of America hosts more than 120,000 guests daily during the holiday season, which officially kicked off this year on November 11 with Santa's Arrival.

About Mall of America®
Mall of America is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex. At 5.6 million square feet, the Mall is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest indoor family theme park; EMS Entertainment Exhibit Center; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Hard Rock Café; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; Theatres at Mall of America, a 14-screen movie theater with digital projection including 4K, digital sound and 3D capabilities; Radisson Blu Mall of America, a 500-room hotel connected by skyway to Mall of America The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Mall recently opened an expansion project on all three levels on the north side. The expansion includes a 342-room JW Marriott hotel, office tower, new dining options and large event space. Follow Mall of America on Facebook and Twitter or visit our blog.

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