Kearney mall kicks off holidays with Santa, petting zoo

Kearney mall kicks off holidays with Santa, petting zoo. (NTV News)

With the holidays around the corner, one local shopping center is helping families get into the spirit of the season.

Hundreds of families packed Kearney's Hilltop Mall on Sunday for some fun-filled activities, including photos with Santa, making gingerbread houses, and even a small petting zoo outside the mall.

"I have three kids - 3-year-old, a 1-year-old and an almost 3-month-old - so I thought it would be nice to bring them out to see Santa and catch all the events going on here. We saw the reindeer outside, we stopped to take them to color, and got pretzels. I think its just a great day to get out and I think events like these in Kearney are good," said April Rivas.

Sunday's activities gave families an extra boost of fun. There's still time to take your photos with Santa - he is expected to return to the mall Dec. 3.

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