It may be hard to believe but Christmas is less than 45 days away.
But Santa Claus is heading to Central Illinois early to get a head start on fulfilling holiday wishes.
Saturday, November 12th, Santa Claus will arrive at Eastland Mall in Bloomington.
He will be available daily -- listening to the wish lists of area children and taking photos.
Eastland Mall officials say Santa is bringing a few new tricks this year.
Shoppers can download a free cell phone application for iPhone and android markets offering instant access to Santa. Children can write letters to the jolly ol' man, while parents can use the app to organize their gift lists and keep up with holiday specials.
Assistant General Manager, Justine Robinson hopes the application will encourage shoppers to seek shelter from the cold temperatures with thier hot deals.
For more information visit www.ishopeastlandmall.com