Kristen Miranda (Rochester, N.Y.) - There has been talk about the end of an era, when it comes to holiday celebrations at Midtown Plaza.
With the building closing up in the next six months or so, many people are reminiscing about rides on the monorail, and listening to Christmas music.
But, there will be another end coming in just a few days for a man who has touched many young lives over two decades.
Santa Claus has been listening to Christmas wishes for years at Midtown. So many years, he doesn't know for sure how long it's been.
"Fifteen to 20 years," Santa shrugs.
With Midtown emptying out soon, and eventually being torn down, this is the last year for Santa at this mall.
"It's been bothering me for the entire season," he said. "Except for the fact that everyone's been coming to visit, and it feels like the old days."
He can't even count the number of children he has met in Midtown.
"I have people coming to see me that came as little kids that came to see me on the mountain," Santa admitted.
From those who can't wait to those who are more hesitant, every little one gets the same message.
"Give lots of hugs and kisses," Santa said. "You're never too old to kiss Mom and Dad."
This year, Santa's lap has been busier than it's been in a while.
"It's nice to have Santa downtown," he said. "I'm going to feel bad about that. The excitement this year...it brings back a lot of memories."
Now Santa isn't sure if he'll take a bit of an early retirement. But, there's no doubt about one thing: he knows he'll have a busy last day on this job.
"I'm here Christmas Eve, and walking away will be very hard," Santa said. "I leave here, and I'm back to the North Pole Monday night. But Midtown will be missed."