This life-size, mechanical Santa originated at the Emery Bird Thayer department store in downtown Kansas City in the early 1900s. EBT Santa has been part of Crown Center’s holiday scene since 1979. He chuckles roughly eight times a minute, and his countdown clock tells children the exact number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until Santa’s arrival on Christmas morning.
For the 2020 holiday season, EBT Santa has moved to the north end on Level 2 of the Crown Center Shops, just past Initial.
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
New Year's Eve, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.