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When Santa arrives in Petaluma, he leaves his sleigh at home. Instead, he and Mrs. Claus make a uniquely Petaluma arrival. They sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat and dock at River Plaza Shopping Center on E.Washington to the cheers of hundreds of excited children.

While waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive at noon, master of ceremonies Petaluma Pete will get the crowd in the holiday mood along with holiday tunes by the Pacific Empire Chorus . The Christmas couple are welcomed by costumed dancers from the Petaluma School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Then Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way across the shopping center parking lot where they are available for family photos in their special tent. Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list!

Don’t’ let the fun stop there! Keep the festive mood flowing by making the short walk to historic downtown Petaluma for Shop Small special offers and activities.