West Town Mall is already preparing to ring in the holidays, and will welcome Santa to town on Friday, Nov. 4.

The mall is holding its annual Santa's Arrival Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa will make his grand appearance at 7 p.m.

The event will include festive face painting, milk and cookies and crafts. Santa will be available for photos once he arrives until 9 p.m.

The festive celebration will take place at the amphitheater in front of JCPenney.

Santa will be taking holiday photos at West Town Mall starting Thursday, Nov. 4, until Saturday, Dec. 24. You can even schedule a photo appointment with Santa in advance online.

There's also a special time for children with special needs to have their photo taken with Santa in a subdued and welcoming environment. The "Caring Santa" event on Sunday, Dec. 4, goes from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

You can also bring your pet to pose with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Pets and their owners are asked to use the entrance near Charming Charlie on the Morrell Road side of the mall.