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Candy Santa Back At NorthPark Center

By Bud Gillett, CBS 11 News
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"Five Hammering Men" sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Texas, on loan from private collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher, photo

“Five Hammering Men” sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Texas, on loan from private collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher, photo

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While we’ll see images of Santa just about everywhere this season, an old and dear one returns to Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

The traditional candy Christmas display is back at the North Dallas shopping center this year.

For 8-year-old Haley Stack the edible Santa and his reindeer are…well…cool.

“I don’t really know how they did it.   It looks kind of cool how they can make it, like, stick all together.”  Taking in all the details required a second look.

Haley’s brother Hunter was equally impressed.  “It looked really cool, ’cause like Santa Claus’ beard?  It’s made up of, like, marshmallows.”

His suit is red licorice. The belt, boots, and gloves…black licorice.  That twinkle in Santa’s eye?  Blue jellybeans.   The life-size reindeer pulling his sleigh are made almost entirely of almonds and pecans.

It’s all in line with NorthPark’s tradition of art in the marketplace.  Having museum-quality artwork available to the shopping public was an important part of NorthPark’s philosophy from the very beginning.  Including that first holiday shopping season in 1965.

While the staging of Santa’s sleigh has changed over 45-years, the creative vision of its patron, Patsy Nasher, wife of NorthPark developer Raymond Nasher, remains.

“Back in 1965 people were coming to see the candy Santa and the reindeer display and now they’re bringing their kids and their grandkids here,” says Vail Tolbert with NorthPark center.

Hard for some to imagine it’s older than their parents.  “Golly!  That thing looks like it was just now made!” says Haley with surprise.

They’re not all original parts though; some candies and nuts are refurbished annually.  Still, the work gets approval from the most important critics.

“I would like to tell them that it’s pretty cool,” Haley remarks. Cool enough to come by again next year.

NorthPark tells us the display uses 18-bushels of whole pecans, 8-bushels of whole almonds, and ten pounds of raisins and candies.

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