1. Santa Claus photos, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road, Akron, free, www.chapelhillmall.com.
Hey, it’s mid-November and we all know what that means, right? Nope, not Turkey Day; it’s time for the retail world to begin assaulting us with the annual Christmas or the more P.C. “holiday-” related marketing carpet bombing intended to get us to all buy stuff in the name of (your chosen deity/holiday here). And how do you get folks to the mall? Through their kids, of course. Mall Santa Clauses for everyone!
2. Santa Photo Experience, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays , Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, free, www.facebook.com/summitmall, 330-867-1555.
Hey, look! It’s another one! Although I do like the name, it’s like some holiday-themed indie rock band.
3. Santa Land, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Westfield Belden Village, Interstate 77 at Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township, free, 330-494-8815 or go to www.westfield.com/beldenvillage.
You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! Ho! Ho! Ho! Hey, Santa now has property and there will be a holiday parade starting in the Food Court. Happy holidays, P.F. Chang’s!
4. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express, starts Friday from Rockside Station, Independence and Akron’s Northside Station, $43-$77, www.CVSR.com.
A wildly popular local tradition continues taking bundled-up families from Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to the North Pole and back home in only two hours. That’s one magic train, and nobody’s going to try to sell you an Xbox One!
5. The Harvest Jazz & Wine Sets, 7 p.m. Saturday, Holiday Inn Akron West, 4073 Medina Road, Bath Township, $20, www.livemusicsets.com, 330-554-3481.
Hey, someone who can read a calendar! This “harvest” edition of the monthly Jazz & Wine Total Experience series will feature a saxophonist combo of area players Riley Richard, Tony Watson Jr., Michael Austin and Matt Horwich. The sax men will be backed by bassist Walter Barnes Jr., guitarist Robert Cunningham, drummer John Turner and keyboardists Stephen Johnson and Alphonso McDuffie, the musical director.