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Archie the talking snowman returns to Chapel Hill Mall in Akron

This snowman has been an iconic Akron tradition for decades.
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Archive photo of Archie the talking snowman inside Akron's Chapel Hill Mall.

AKRON, Ohio — He's back!

Archie the talking snowman is making his return to Chapel Hill Mall in Akron this weekend. The legendary Akron snowman makes his 2019 debut on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.

Archie has been an Akron tradition for decades. After retiring from the mall several years ago, Archie resurfaced at Akron's Lock 3 Park in 2012 before officially returning to his original home at Chapel Hill a few holiday seasons later.

The massive snowman has been a childhood memory for many youngsters who talk with Archie about their Christmas desires -- and he actually answers back, his eyes lighting up with every response.

Archive video below shows our coverage of Archie's return in 2017:

Do you have any memories of Archie? Tell us your stories HERE.

Archie's lasting impact was chronicled in a book by Joanna Wilson in 2015 titled The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman & Akron's History of Christmas Attractions. You can buy an autographed copy HERE.

The snowman's return to the mall comes amid another hurdle. Earlier this week, Chapel Hill Mall tenants were notified for the second time this year that the electric bill had not been paid and the lights could possibly be turned off. FirstEnergy officials told 3News they are working on a solution with the mall after sending out the five-day notice.

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