Children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Independence Center. Located on the lower level of Dillard's Court, children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa beginning at 10 a.m. through Dec. 24, daily hours vary.

Independence Center also provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy this time-honored holiday tradition through a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in partnership with Autism Speaks. Caring Santa will occur from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance at

Additionally, Pet Photo Nights are returning and are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

To save time and avoid the line with Santa, you may reserve your moment with Santa online at For a complete schedule with specific daily hours, visit