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Santa meet and greets spark magic around Westport

Sophie Smith ’26
Staples substitute Bill Armstrong greets Stew Leonards’ shoppers as Santa from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this holiday season.

The excitement begins as houses hang up holiday lights, snowfall flurries are spotted between class periods and winter break is marked on the calendar. 

The holidays are approaching faster than ever, and places around town spread joy through Santa meet and greets. Whether your little siblings have a wish or you need some Holiday spirit, here are some last-minute places to experience Santa sightings before it is too late. 

The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team will have Santa as a special guest most Saturdays and Sundays in December. Shark Diving Santa is used to allow kids to recognize the misconceptions of sharks by demonstrating that sharks aren’t killers by nature and can also join in on the holiday fun.  

Santa dives at the Maritime Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit with a custom scuba outfit. Photo by Sophie Smith ’26

“Shark Diving Santa is a holiday tradition at the Aquarium,” Maritime Aquarium’s Associate Director of Communications Emily Lavin said. “He dives most Saturdays and Sundays in December at approximately 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.”

If you are looking for a picture with Santa, the SoNo Collection is hosting “Selfies with Santa” at Bloomingdale’s court from 12-6 p.m. on weekends, ending on Dec. 24. Additionally, Bass Pro Shops offers free pictures with Santa by reservation.

When I was little I used to go to Stew Leonard’s to show my Christmas wishlist to Santa. It was always the best time.

— Sienna Sedlarick ’26

In all locations in Connecticut, Stew Leonard’s is hosting “Meet Santa Claus at Stew’s” on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 22. Staples substitute Bill Armstrong works at Stew Leonard’s as Santa. This tradition continues to bring the community’s holiday spirits together. 

“When I was little I used to go to Stew Leonard’s to show my Christmas wishlist to Santa,” Sienna Sedlarick ’26 said. “It was always the best time.”

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Sophie Smith ’26
Sophie Smith ’26, Paper Sports Editor
  Sophie Smith ’26 is excited to enter her first year of Inklings as a paper sports editor. She was interested in joining Inklings due to her love for reading and English.  “I enjoy reading and I believe English is my strong subject,” Smith said.  Another interest for Smith is being  a leader of Peter's Heart Club..  “My grandfather has a non-profit organization that works with vulnerable children in Uganda, ” Smith said. “I went to Uganda this summer and I am starting a club to raise money”   

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