Making a list and checking it twice, Santa arrives in Sundance Square

November 19,2016

Reposted from The Star-Telegram

By Sarah Bahari

Six-year-old Maddie Bennett peered over the red rope, just as Santa Claus himself approached his sleigh in Sundance Square.

Maddie requested to visit with Santa on Saturday, his first day of the season, to deliver an important message.

“I would like an electric scooter,” she said quietly, next to her 10-year-old cousin, Jason Calhoun.


Beneath the 57-foot blue spruce Christmas tree, children climbed onto Santa’s sleigh, spilled their Christmas wish list and paused for a quick photograph. Some smiled. Others wept.

Seth Lee, 5, and his 3-year-old sister, Soren, were not shy about their requests. Perched on Santa’s lap, Seth announced he would like a remote control jet plane on Christmas morning, much to his parents’ surprise. Soren said she would like a princess, preferably of the Cinderella variety.

For 2-year-old Olivia Robertson, sitting on Santa’s lap was not high on her list of favorite activities. Robertson reached for her parents, sobbing.

“The sad photos are sort of my favorite,” admitted her mother, Sarah Robertson. “This one will be classic.”

Maddie’s mother, Sandy Bustos, said her daughter only got over her fear of Santa a couple years ago. Still, Maddie initially asked her to relay her request for an electric scooter to the man in red. Her mother declined.

“I told her it was time she ask herself,” Bustos said. “Santa is not someone to be scared of.”

Santa will be in Sundance Square through Dec. 23. A donation of $10 is suggested, and proceeds benefit Fort Worth Sister Cities.

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Location Mentioned: Sundance Square Plaza