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Summer Santa alert: Disney Springs plans Christmas festivities in July

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — yes, already — at Disney Springs. The Marketplace side of the shopping and entertainment compound is planning a limited-time promotion based on the winter holiday season.

Its midyear celebration will be held July 15-30, which means that in August we can go back to prepping for Halloween.

Among the offerings during the event:

• Meet Summer Santa — he’s dressed for July-in-Florida conditions, thankfully. Sweaty ol’ Saint Nick will be around for photo opportunities from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

• A DJ will play Christmasy beats, and there will be holiday face-painting designs at Enjoy Your Face.

• Dockside Margaritas will feature the Snowflake Margarita and the Starbucks on the Marketplace side will break out its holiday-themed drinks

• On the gingerbread front, there will be gingerbread crepes at AristoCrepes, gingerbread cookies at Amorette’s Patisserie; and more gingerbread cookies (plus peppermint bark for the anti-gingerbread crowd) at Disney’s Candy Cauldron. Other treats to look out for include Santa Mickey and Minnie specialty apples.

• Of course, Disney’s Days of Christmas store is there year-round, so that’s almost too easy. Oops, that attitude might earn me a lump of coal in my flip-flops.

• “Even the Disney Springs fountains will be decked for the season,” says a post on the official Disney Parks Blog.

In news unrelated to these festivities at Disney Springs, the Uniqlo store there is marking its one-year anniversary with a Japanese Night Market event. It will include prize-winning games, photo opportunities, origami and calligraphy classes and more. The event runs nightly (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) through July 30.

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