What would the holidays be without a visit from the Jolly Old Gent in the red suit? From generation to generation and across many cultures, the ambassador of all things Christmas has come to symbolize the spirit of generosity during this season of giving. Each year, thousands of youngsters climb onto that well-worn lap to share their wishes and hopes. And each year, their parents want to capture that memory of meeting Mr. Claus with the perfect photo.

Once again, Arthur & Associates continues its decades-long tradition of providing picture-perfect Santas and accompanying professional photographers to Crossroads Bellevue at 15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA.

Credited with being the first photographer to boost small tots onto Santa’s knee for the annual, commemorative portrait, Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer Art French opened Arthur & Associates in 1943 in the corner window of the venerable Frederick & Nelson department store in downtown Seattle. Mr. French memorialized this Christmas moment over the next 20 years, when a young couple with four small children purchased the Santa photography business to continue what has become the longest-running holiday tradition in the country.

Santa will take up residence this year at Crossroads Bellevue from Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 24. Hours of operation are:

Mondays through Saturdays, November 25 – December 15: 10 am – 8 pm

Sundays, November 26 – December 11: 11 am – 6 pm

Friday, December 16: 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday through Friday, December 17 – 23: 9:30 am – 9 pm

Sunday, December 18: 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday, December 24: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Closed Christmas Day

For more information on specific schedules for Santa Billy Joe, Santa Ben, Santa Bobj, Santa Larry and Santa William, please visit www.santaphotos.com

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