I paid the Magic Valley Mall a visit this morning to get a sneak peak at the big guy before the holiday crowds reach a fever pitch. For those planning to bring your children down to greet Santa over the next four days, just know that the hours can differ each day now that we are in the home stretch.

I noticed the Christmas Eve (Dec 24) hours were not listed on the mall's website. According to customer service, the night before Santa takes flight is always the busiest. As I discovered last year when we brought our son down for a quick pic with the jolly fat man, the earlier the better, as far as avoiding long lines.

Here are the times (through Sunday) you can catch Santa on his shiny red couch, according to the latest information on the mall's website:

Thursday-Sat (Dec 21-23)  10a-9p ; Sunday (Dec 24) 10a-5:30p

Remember, no personal cell phone photos. It makes the elfs angry.

Happy Holidays!