PHOTOS & MAP: Where to find Santa in Southern California; St. Nicks share kids' most memorable requests

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Kris Kringle is a busy man. In the days leading up to Christmas, he's making appearances across Southland shopping centers, theme parks and pet stores. Along the way, he's meeting thousands of children and noting each and every one of their sweet, heartbreaking and hilarious requests.

Click through our slideshow of professional Southern California Santa stand-ins to see how they responded to the question: "What's the most memorable request you've received from a child?"

Trying to find Santa?

Deciding when and where you will get your annual photo with the big guy can be intimidating, so we reached out to Santa's PR people to find out what is available at each location.

Check out the map below to learn more about the Santa photo ops near you.

Did we miss your favorite Santa location? Email Ashley Alvarado at and let us know what we should add. (And, Santa, if you're reading this, please tell us more about you by clicking here.)

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