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'Childhood Restored': North Jersey Can't Get Enough Of Big Santa At Garden State Plaza

Big Santa made a big return at the Garden State Plaza.
Big Santa made a big return at the Garden State Plaza. Photo Credit: Thomas Van Winkle

Bergen County lifers couldn't be happier for Big Santa's big return to the Garden State Plaza.

Applause resonated through the mall's parking lot -- and dozens of others huddled around mobile devices to watch social media livestreams -- as the icon was welcomed back during a Tuesday evening ceremony, following a nearly 30-year hiatus.

"My childhood restored!" Charles Freericks said on social media.

"So happy to see him again!" Dee Bannion-Day added. "A dream come true."

The massive icon signaled the unofficial start of the holiday season for generations. And now, he's back.

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