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Have you had a visit to Santa? I took my girls to the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, Connecticut to visit HGTV’s Santa HQ.
This season, HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers have teamed-up to bring you “Santa HQ” an unforgettable holiday experience that excites and engages the young and the young at heart alike. I know that I was just as excited as my girls to see if I was on the naughty or nice list. We really loved the interactive aspects of the HGTV experience and Santa was wonderful. He really engaged with the girls and they were all smiles. I always feel that Danbury Fair is worth the drive from NY with the great selection of stores and the addition of HGTV’s Santa HQ, I know you will have a great holiday mall experience.
In addition the the Danbury Fair location, there are another 14 different locations at Macerich Shopping Centers in California, Arizona, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington, D.C. corridor. Check to see if there is a location near you here.
In addition to the traditional photo-op with Santa, each Santa HQ location is set with a dazzling array of holiday experiences, including:
Elfie Selfie: Where visitors take a selfie and star in their own holiday video
Here we are learning how to create our Elfie Selfie. Take a look at how it came out below. Too much fun!
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 observatory
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
Make Reservations for Your Photos with Santa
No one has time to wait on a long line. With reservations. Santa HQ’s photos-with-Santa experience is easily added to your busy routine. You can spend less time waiting in line. Make reservations online at https://santa-hq.com
The reservation system enables users to select and pre-pay for their photo package, and it gives them the opportunity to upgrade their package by making their family photo session days or even weeks in advance. The online reservation systems even has an opt-in text functionality to provide reminders about their Santa photo session reservation.
In the Holiday Spirit of Giving
Visitors to Santa HQ will also be able to enjoy the holiday 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.
Have you visited HGTV’s Santa HQ?