FAIRLESS HILLS, PA — Not even the coronavirus can stop Santa Scott. But Bucks County's beloved, tattooed Santa will be taking special precautions in 2020 to help keep everyone safe and healthy.
Santa Scott, also known as Scott Diethorne, will be available for photos again this year at Fairless Hills Garden Center, starting on Sunday.
As COVID-19 health precautions, staff will be checking forehead temperatures when guests arrive and visitors will receive a text when Santa Scott is ready to see them, so they won't have to wait in a line.
All adults and children over age 2 will be required to wear masks during their entire visit, except during photos. Anyone who wishes to keep masks on during the photo, or for Santa Scott to do so, may request that as well.
"So far, we will be doing no Plexiglass, but we will be sterilizing and doing our best to keep everyone safe," Diethorne said on his Santa Scott page on Facebook. "I may not be able to pick people up and stuff like that due to state rules — not our choice. But we can still do the tattoo pictures and still have fun."
A hands-off approach is a departure for the former professional wrestler, who made a name for himself locally by taking nontraditional photos with kids (or pets including alligators, snakes and exotic birds) while showing off his "Naughty" and "Nice" tattoos.
Most Bucks County locals got to know Scott during his nearly decade-long run as a Santa at Oxford Valley Mall. But, in 2018, the company that owned his photo booth there decided it wanted a more traditional Santa.
That's when Santa Scott moved to the Fairless Hills Garden Center, where he has posed for photos since.
No appointments are required. Here is Santa Scott's 2020 schedule at Fairless Hills Garden Center:
(NOTE: The last two hours of every night with Santa Scott are open to photos with pets. Special needs hours offer a calmer environment, with quieter music and fewer distractions.)
Sunday, Nov. 15. 3-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17. through Friday, Nov. 20. 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21. Noon-8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22. Noon-8 p.m. (Special needs time 11 a.m.-noon)
Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Nov. 25. 3-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27. Noon-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 4. 3-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Special needs time 9-10 a.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 8. through Friday, Dec. 11. 3-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15. through Friday, Dec. 18. noon-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Special needs time 9-10 a.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 22. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fairless Hills Garden Center is located at 636 Lincoln Hwy. The center is urging visitors to come in November if they can, saying they will have to limit crowd sizes in December.