Uptown Mall Santa
(Uptown Facebook)

Uptown in Saanich is planning a COVID-friendly holiday experience for 2020, including an art installation and a private ice skating rink.

The mall is partnering with PARK (Promoting Artists | Redefining Kulture), a foundation that works with local artists and creatives on community installations.

Along a 300 foot stretch of the Uptown boulevard organizers will be installing a 150-foot road mural, igloo domes, and a synthetic outdoor nordic-inspired skating rink.

The mural, the largest of its kind in the city, will be designed and hand-painted by Canadian artists Tierney Milne and Rhys Farrell.

There will also be a warm beverage stand inside a hand-painted A-frame chalet, created by Victoria artists Mateusz Napieralski and Caitlin McDonagh.

Photos with Santa will also be making a return, as will Uptown’s 52 foot Christmas tree. Families who wish to take photos with the jolly old elf can book for a COVID-19 friendly private appointment.

The holiday display, which Uptown has nicknamed the “Nordic Boulevard,” will officially launch on November 28, and will run until the new year.