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Santa arrives at Bass Pro Saturday
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Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland-A Classic Christmas is returning for its seventh year to the Manteca Bass Pro Shops at Union Road and the 120 Bypass.

Santa arrives at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

From Nov. 15 through Dec. 24 families are invited to create lasting memories at Bass Pro Shops through free pictures with Santa, crafts for kids, and games and activities to celebrate the season.

“The evening Santa arrives will be a special celebration featuring Christmas carols in front of the store. On Nov. 15, we’ll also be treating customers to free cookies and McSteven’s hot chocolate,” said Katie Mitchell, Bass Pro Shops communications manager. “Plus in participating stores, kids will be invited to help Santa, through a little magic, to light up the outside of the store and a big Christmas tree in the main entrance.  Kids can then follow Santa into the store for the unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland.

Santa’s Wonderland will dazzle visitors with its variety of animated Christmas characters in addition to nutcrackers, reindeer, and live Christmas elves. The Christmas village offers an old-time model train area, remote control trucks, a laser arcade, and slot car racing.  Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free.

The highlight of Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland is the big guy himself. Those visiting Santa Claus will receive a free 4 x 6 studio-quality photo. Every store will also have an animatronics talking caribou that can interact with the crowd.  In addition, Bass Pro Shops is offering free Christmas decorations and handmade crafts to take home.  Holiday crafts for kids will include making holiday ornaments such as a stuffed reindeer, a plaster gingerbread ornament, a Santa bobber,  and even decorating Christmas cookies on Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 5  p.m. at most locations.

Free photos with Santa are weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

Free crafts are weekdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends, noon to 5 p.m.

Free games and activities are every day, open to close during regular store hours.

Bass Pro Shops has thought of every detail to make this Christmas experience memorable with a no-wait Bass Pass to see Santa. This allows parents to set appointments to see jolly old St. Nick so they can shop or enjoy the activities at Santa’s Wonderland instead of waiting in line. Photo packages and Christmas cards will also be available for purchase with instant print in the store.

For more information about Bass Pro Shops Classic Christmas traditions at Santa’s Wonderland, visit and click on your local store for a complete schedule of Santa’s Wonderland activities.