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Miller & Rhoads Santa Claus 

And a Child on Santa Claus' Knee

Yes, Richmond, there is a Santa Claus. What's more, we have the bona-fide jolly elf right here among us. The tradition began more than 50 years ago when Santa dropped with a thud through the chimney of the downtown Miller & Rhoads department store. Immediately, Richmond's children embraced the gift-laden reindeer driver — despite his northern heritage — and recognized him as the ever-timely and tireless Saint Nick.

Through the years, children with visions of sugarplums, Radio Flyers, Lite Brites, in-line skates and Pokémon have aspired to one thing come December: making Santa's list. When Miller & Rhoads closed its doors in 1990, the city of Richmond and Downtown Presents made sure Santa still had a seasonal Richmond home. Once again, the former Thalhimers (yes, the other department store, which rivaled Miller & Rhoads) building downtown reopens just so Legendary Santa may visit with his favorite young guests.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Santa listens to earfuls of holiday wishes from every girl or boy who pops in to see
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