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Rochester's "real" Santa Claus back in town

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

It's time once again for Rochester kids to make their Christmas lists and tell Santa Claus what they'd like this year. 

And the Jolly Old Man, who many people in Rochester consider to be the "real Santa Claus, is back in town. 

For more than a decade, Santa Claus, who uses the alias Jerry Julian, visited with children at the Apache Mall until 2015, when he says the invitation didn't reach the North Pole to come again. 

That's when ABC & Toy Zone at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center invited Santa to set up shop there, instead. 

 Now, Santa's in his third year of visiting kids at the new location.

"I have so much support from the general public," Santa. said. "Especially from the children. They're my mainstay. It feeds my emotional heart and I'm so blessed because they're so wonderful."

"It's been a perfect match for all of us," said Steve Nordhus, owner of ABC & Toy Zone. "Both us and Santa because Santa enjoys seeing the kids, he enjoys seeing the toys. The things that he's created over time."

Santa is scheduled to appear at ABC & Toy Zone every day through Christmas Eve. 

You can find exact hours on the company's Facebook page

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