It's a tad bit early to be talking about Christmas but, since I have a little bit of an in with Rochester, Minnesota's Christmas Station, I've been given permission by the big guy himself to spill the beans.  The REAL Santa was spotted today AND we know when he will be back in town to gather all of the kids' Christmas wishes.

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Here's Where The Real Santa Will Be This Christmas Season in Rochester, Minnesota

Everyone has been super bummed about ABC and Toy Zone Closing in Rochester.  We don't really have a true toy store now so this was a heartbreaking closure for many.  Besides wishing the owners a happy retirement, quite a few people also had a huge concern - would Rochester still have the REAL Santa this upcoming Christmas season.

READ MORE: Rochester, Minnesota's Largest Toy Store Has Closed

Jessica Williams - TSM Rochester/Preston
Jessica Williams - TSM Rochester/Preston

I've got a little bit of good news for all of the REAL Santa lovers.  That answer is "YES"!

Santa peeps! Have you heard the news yet? Santa came from the North Pole for a visit to share where his Christmas 2023 homes will be. Rochester’s Real Santa will be at the Galleria downtown and Rochester’s HyVee on West Circle drive. I would suggest liking both their Facebook pages so you can hear about the times Santa will be at each location. Thank you HyVee for bringing the delicious Christmas cookies and beverages. If you were able to attend we hope you had a great time! - ABC and Toy Zone Facebook Page

Hopefully, Rochester's REAL Santa will have Y-105FM, Rochester's Christmas Station, playing as he is gathering up all of those Christmas wishes this year.  If he needs any info, Santa...our elves are ready to help 24/7!  #ChristmasIsComing

When is Y-105FM in Southeast Minnesota Switching to Christmas Music

Y-105FM hasn't flipped the switch yet, but keep listening, Christmas music will be here before you know it!  For now, we've got the best of the 80's, 90's and listen live on our free app or turn the dial to 105.3 FM and listen.

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Top spots in Rochester with amazing customer service!

Not sure if this is a priority for you but the majority of people like to see a little bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T when they are buying things from a business. It could be ordering food at a restaurant, buying clothes at a store, or where you are filling up your gas tank for your car. Any place you spend money should have stellar customer service. If you've had a run of bad customer service lately, try going to one of these places in Rochester that were recommended by hundreds of people in town.

This list was put together last year, so, if individuals are mentioned at these places, they may no longer be there. But, at one point, they were considered THE BEST for customer service in our area.

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