BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Ready or not, it's time to start planning ahead if you want to enjoy certain "ho-ho-holiday" activities in the Twin Cities.

The Santa Experience at the Mall of America has opened up booking for appointments, and the slots are filling up quickly. 

Separate from the regular "sit on Santa's lap" visits, the Santa Experience offers a more private setting with just the parents, kids and Santa. Families can purchase photos and video of their experience, plus a lot of other holiday gifts.

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You can book an appointment now online. There will not be a wait list this year "due to extremely high demand," but when you get to the mall, you can join the "in-mall wait list" and receive a call if there's a last-minute cancellation.

Learn about the four different Santas you can choose from here.

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