This past Saturday we went to Bass Pro Shop in Macon to visit Santa. We got there about 1:30 and got a "ticket" to be in line at 2:30. The nice thing about this, was 1. you didn't stand in a line that wrapped around the store. and 2. they had lots of free activities for the kids to do while they waited. I know that they were all aimed at selling more "stuff" as it was mostly products that they sell, but it was not a high pressure sell. Plus they had the crafts away from the "toys" so you could avoid the "toys" if you wanted to.
Writing a letter to Santa
Painting his snowman sun catcher
Mailing his letter to Santa
Building a log cabin
The finished product
Waiting for his turn at the train set