NorthPark Center’s Santa Claus Retires After Three Decades

After 32 years of being NorthPark Center’s Santa Claus, Dr. Carl Anderson called it quits according to a NBC Dallas-Fort Worth article from July 16. They say,

“It’s a bittersweet farewell to an icon at NorthPark Center in Dallas. The Dallas mall’s iconic Santa is ready to retire to the North Pole after 32 years of bringing joy to families who celebrate the Christmas season with a visit and a picture.”

Anderson says he’s grateful for the memories and special moments with his fans, some of whom have shared photos through the years as they brought their children to see him.

He told our partners at The Dallas Morning News, “I am so appreciative to have been a part of their holidays and their life – that they treasure our memories and experiences together as fondly as I do.”

A lot of people sent their love and thanks to the wonderful and memorable Santa of NorthPark according to an Advocate article by Advocate which reports, 

“Susan Clot de Broissia, Lake Highlands

“Here is our series over 10 years. My favorite photo is the first one (2005) when my daughter was 5 months old. She didn’t cry … loved Santa! She took her 2005 photo and a note to Santa to her last visit in 2014. Santa thanked her and gave her a handmade pillow from his bag. It was a very special surprise. She’s off to college in a few weeks and was very sad to see that her favorite Santa is retiring from NorthPark!” 

Olga Quiroga, Lakewood/East Dallas

“For 16 years, either my husband or I would pick a Saturday to join hundreds of people for a 4 or 5 in the morning vigil to wait for tickets to be released for the day. All of us know in our hearts that ours is the real Santa, the only one our children have known. We often shared stories with grandparents waiting in lines for their kids’ kids. Loved sharing pictures with new parents of our teens. Even through the pandemic he made sure to reach and touch many hearts.”

Dr. Anderson made his mark on Dallas after 32 years of being Santa Claus. Neighbors may share photos and memories they have in honor of his retirement.