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Was out at the mall today and spotted Santa's village now under construction.
The big guy is set to appear at the mall starting November 18!
 

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Compare to today's shot.
Notice the progress!
 

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Crabtree's annual outdoor tree has been up for almost a week but for some reason, they have not put the top on it.
I had been holding off taking a photo until it was completed but gave up, went ahead and took the shot. I'll take another when and if they ever finish it!


The mall's holiday banners are new this year!
 

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Still more progress on Santa's village!

1) Note giant sleigh holding 40 ft tall Christmas Tree!


2) Entrance the kids will use when coming to visit the big guy (who will arrive in just three days!)


3) Another nice view of center court.
Note A Christmas To Remember entrance visible, lower left.
 
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4) Speaking of A Christmas To Remember, here is a nice overview shot.
It is so light and open looking this year. Very inviting!


5) Brooks Brothers always has such classy window displays during the holidays.
(Sorry for the reflections.)


6) Yankee Candle has gotten into the spirit, too!
 

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Santa's village is now complete and ready for the Big Guy's arrival the day after tomorrow! Photos 1-3 depict different views.
(The entire display is new this year after the prior set had been used for the preceding 10-12 years.)




 

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4) And at long last, the main outdoor tree is finished after going topless for a week.


5) and 6) Two views of Belk's traditional wall wreaths.
(I'm a bit disappointed in Belks. Looks like they will not be putting up their nice ceiling decorations this year.)


 
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The situation at Crabtree continues to develop by the day. It's really getting Christmassy there, now!

1) and 2) These sign boards are new this year, too.
They are designed to be photographed with people in front of them (with the Crabtree logo prominently feature, of course!)




3) Giant reindeer stands guard at the main east entrance, upper level.
It looks a bit better in person. Still a tad intimidating, though.
(Bet that's the one that ran over grandma!)
 

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OK! Santa is in residence at the mall and all is right with the Christmas world!


 

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Long-timers around here know my mania for decorated railings and lamp posts.
Crabtree disappointed me this year and did not put up their traditional railing garlands, instead substituting these triple wreaths, one of which seems to have lost it's bow.


But not to worry. A nearby shopping center, Oak Park, had their dependable entry up again this year.


 

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Oak Park's entry sign:


Meanwhile, back at Crabtree, mama tree and baby tree greet shoppers on the lower level.


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The big shopping centre nearby finally turned on its lights. The tree is stunning.
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Thank you, Martine!
 

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Some Biltmore House in Asheville, NC:

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I've been to the Biltmore house twice Brad, but never at Christmas time.
It's truly stunning!
Do you have any more photos to post?
 
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