SantaHQ a new Santa Experience!
When you have a new baby, the first time you take your child to see Santa is so special and exciting. I am hear to tell you that 9 years later, it is still so exciting for me. My kids faces when they see the big man in red is something that brings tears to my eyes. These moments are fleeting and I am doing everything I can to soak it on up!
This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Macerich to review this product.
This past weekend we headed over to our local mall, the Freehold Raceway Mall to do some Christmas shopping. It’s our tradition to visit the mall for our annual Santa photos. This year was a whole new experience with the immersive hands-on photo experience that HGTV created called Santa HQ.
Santa HQ really makes the experience of visiting Santa so much more fun. Remember the days of waiting on a line that seemed to go on forever? With Santa HQ the kids (and adults) can enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience that excites and engages through an immersive, interactive holiday extravaganza that uses of state-of- the-art digital
Each Santa HQ location is set with a dazzling array of holiday experiences, including:
- The traditional photo-op with Santa Claus
- Elfie Selfie: Where visitors take a selfie and star in their own holiday video.
- Elf-Ray Vision: Guests can explore Santa’s Observatory through the use of special goggles
that trigger a series of augmented reality experiences at multiple locations throughout Santa
HQ including two triggers at Entrance Arch; one trigger on exterior of the Workshop; Toy
triggers underneath the Christmas Tree in the Workshop, and enhanced triggers in the
- Naughty or Nice Meters: Where visitors can stand next to an interactive board to find out
which list of Santa’s they made.
- Light Show: With more than 10,000 individual holiday lights synchronized to the tune of
“Carol of the Bells” to create an illuminated orchestra
One of my favorite parts of enjoying Santa HQ was that we were able to spend less time waiting in line by selecting the date and time of their photos session by making reservation online at https://santa-hq.com. You can also select and pre-pay for your photo package, upgrade your package or opt-in for text reminders.
Also don’t forget when you visit Santa HQ get into the spirit of giving through HGTV’s Help Through
Holiday Giving Drive. The program encourages visitors to donate new, unwrapped toys for local children
in need with the goal of collecting over 1,000 toys per center. In 2016, HGTV’s Help Through Holiday
Giving program collected over 66,000 toys benefiting local organizations like Forgotten Angel Tree,
Salvation Army Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, and Spark of Love Stuff a Bus.
There are 15 different Santa HQ locations at Macerich Shopping Centers in California, Arizona, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington, D.C. corridor. Find out more and a location near you here!