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Santa arrives at Mall of America

Thousands gathered to help welcome Saint Nicholas Thursday evening at the Rotunda.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Tis the season.

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday evening to welcome Santa Claus at the Rotunda at the Mall of America. Santa was joined by the Eden Prairie High School marching band and Minnesota Dance Collaborative.

Santa's introduction began with a parade that went through the north side of Nickelodeon Universe and ended at the Santaland in the Atrium.