Disclosure: This Santa HQ post is sponsored by HGTV. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
A few years ago, I didn’t even know if we were going to do Santa. Each year, I still question it in the back of my mind and each year I’m so happy at the memories we’ve created around Santa. Both girls eyes light up, their little voices glee with happiness, and their laughter brings everyone so much joy. I know in those moments that it’s so worth it.
Surprise at the mall
A few weeks ago, we rushed into the mall to grab something and I was surprised that Santa was already there. I tried to hide the girls’ views of the set-up to no avail. They saw him. They wanted to go immediately, but we were in a rush and I promised to get them back there. And that we did.
Introducing Santa HQ
One of our local malls in Deptford, NJ teamed up with HGTV to bring locals “Santa HQ“. It’s a super fun and exciting holiday experience that the whole family will enjoy in addition to the traditional visit with Santa Claus. *Bonus: Santa in Deptford has a real beard 😉
As soon as you walk in you are immersed in all things Christmas holidays. Starting with an elf adding you to the list to see if you’ve been naughty or nice (hint: it’s always nice!), followed by a holiday photo set-up at “The North Pole”. Next, families are invited to the Elfie Selfie movie station where you get a shot at being your own Elf Star! Feel free to check out our family Elfie Selfie movie. Next, families head for a fun adventure to the Elf-Ray Vision Station where children use tablets to project elves working, Santa’s sleigh and more. Finally, it’s time to see the big jolly guy and families end the experience with the traditional Santa Claus photo-op.
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Honestly, it’s just such a fun and unique way to enjoy Santa. I know growing up as a kid, I loved going to see Santa. However, I never wanted to stand in the mall lines. The Santa HQ experience not only is a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, but it’s also great for breaking up the line so parents aren’t waiting for an exorbitant amount of time. The elves (staff) and Santa are amazing with the kids and it’s truly just so great.
More About Santa HQ
Santa HQ free for anyone to enjoy. You only pay for photos if you decide you would like to purchase those. Reservations are recommended for a faster experience. Also, you can even pre-pay for your photo package. Santa HQ is currently at 15 shopping locations in California, New Jersey, Chicago, NYC, DC, and more. See if there’s a location near here by visiting the Santa HQ site.
Also, when heading over to Santa HQ consider bringing a toy to donate. Visitors at Santa HQ, in conjunction with HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving Drive, are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy. Toys go to benefit local organizations like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Forgotten Angel Tree and more. However, this is not required.
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