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Socially-distant Santa Claus comes to Cabela's

Beginning Saturday, Santa will be at Cabela's in Woodbury, Rogers and Owatonna
One of Santa's elves takes the temperature of a visitor prior to entry. Photo courtesy of Cabela's.

One of Santa's elves takes the temperature of a visitor prior to entry. Photo courtesy of Cabela's.

You better watch out, you better not cry; you better wear a mask, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to Cabela's.

The outdoor recreation franchise says it's found a safe way to bring Santa at its stores nationally -- including Minnesota at its Woodbury, Rogers and Owatonna locations. Beginning Sunday, Cabela's visitors can register online for a
"contactless" visit with Santa. 

First, Santa is expected to finish his journey from the North Pole to Cabela's Saturday at 5 p.m. for an outdoor drive-by event, which is free and open to the public.  

Then, beginning Sunday, he'll be available for visits with the following safety measures in place, Cabela's says:

  • What Cabela's calls a "Magic Santa Shield" will be in place between Santa and families.
  •  A team of elves dubbed "Santa's Sanitation Squad" will be on hand to clean the shields between each visit and ensure everyone is following safety measures, including wearing a face mask and social distancing.  
  • Visitors and staff will also complete a non-contact temperature screening prior to entering the area. 
  • Reservations must be made in advance in order to insure appropriate social distancing and cleaning in between visits.

The visits are planned to run through Dec. 24. 

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