How I did it: We bit the bullet and decided that we were indeed going to take Babybutt to see Santa on a Saturday at the mall. We planned to go early and early we were: We were the first one's in line. See my one and only entry it explains everything in more detail.
Lessons & tips: Go early. The wait (and stares) was well worth it.
Resources: Take your kids to see the Santa at Southridge mall (unless I'm going that day!!) Our Southridge Santa is *the bomb!*