The Santa display at one mall in Charlotte, North Carolina just got a little more of a “climate change” type setting:
Taking the kids to visit Santa will be a bit different this year at SouthPark Mall.
Officials announced on Friday that instead of the traditional Christmas tree and North Pole set up, Santa will be sitting inside of a large glacier.
Simon Property Group officials say the new “Glacier Santa experience” is aimed to modernize the holiday experience.
Kids visiting Santa at the mall will now do so under a faux glacier instead of the shadow of a Christmas tree that was on display in previous years.
— Jess Petrauskas (@JessPetrauskas) November 7, 2015
Before and after:
— Andrea Lockard (@andilockard) November 7, 2015
A petition to #BringBackTheTree is now getting plenty of signatures:
— JP Amick (@JoelAmick) November 7, 2015
— Kohleen Nornes (@KohleenNornes) November 7, 2015
Meanwhile, the mall’s holiday glacier is being ridiculed and criticized:
— Meghan Miles (@meghanmusgrave) November 7, 2015
— Corley Higgins (@corleyhiggins) November 7, 2015
— jackfesperman (@jackfesperman) November 7, 2015
— Lisa Stryker (@Lisa_Stryker) November 7, 2015
There’s even a song for #BringBackTheTree mocking the mall’s display:
— David Britt (@davidbritt) November 7, 2015
— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) November 8, 2015
We're adding key elements to the Santa set this week & listening to our customer feedback, we will now include a traditional Christmas tree.
— SouthPark Mall (@SouthParkMallNC) November 7, 2015
— Marvin Beach (@MBeach14) November 8, 2015