Santa is going high tech this Christmas with a little help from HGTV! Celebrate the holidays this year with Santa HQ, an immersive experience that transforms the traditional visit with Santa Claus into a jingle-filled, interactive journey for all ages. This unique twist on holiday festivites is available at 10 Macerich malls across the country. I am excited to partner with HGTV and Macerich Malls to share this very unique holiday experience with you, along with a reader giveaway.
For more than six weeks, from Tuesday, Nov. 4, through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, HGTV and Macerich will present a completely reimagined visit with Santa for the 21st century by pairing cutting-edge technology with an authentic holiday experience. Visitors can take an ELFIE selfie and star in their own holiday video, explore Santa’s Observatory using ELF-RAY Vision, test out the ‘Naughty O’ Nice Meter,’ and enjoy a memorable photo with Santa.
Santa HQ will be featured at the following Macerich properties:
Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, Conn., opening on Nov. 4
Deptford Mall in Deptford Township, N.J., opening on Nov. 5
Vintage Faire in Modesto, Calif., opening on Nov. 5
Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos, Calif., opening Nov. 7
FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield, Colo., opening Nov. 7
Washington Square in Portland, Ore., opening Nov. 7
Lakewood Center in Lakewood, Calif., opening Nov. 7
Tysons Corner Center near Washington, D.C., opening Nov. 14.
Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Ariz., opening on Nov. 7
Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Ariz., opening Nov. 14.
Upon entering the magical structure, families can enjoy the wonder of Santa’s Workshop and Observatory by using innovative technology to customize their individual experience. Visitors can download the ELF-RAY Vision app or use a provided tablet to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Santa HQ to see the night sky, the secret inner-workings of clocks and gears and to meet a playful pair of elves. By using their handheld device as a “portal,” visitors can see and interact with stunning digital scenes surrounding them inside Santa’s Observatory. Visitors can continue the adventure with a custom photo opportunity, followed by the ultimate moment with Santa inside his modernized sleigh.
Santa HQ is the perfect holiday experience for digitally savvy, always-connected kids and their families.
Santa HQ will also feature “Sleigh Ride” – a featured track on the recently-released Pentatonix holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me – as part of the experience’s light show, which will play daily across Macerich’s 10 properties. Additionally, Pentatonix will be performing at Tysons Corner Center on Friday, December 5. That’s Christmas To Me is available in stores and online, and will be available to those visiting Santa across the Macerich portfolio throughout the holiday season.
You can reserve your experience time in advance via the Santa HQ website. Reserve a time for your family, get a sneak peek at the Santa HQ interactive experience and receive special discounts by pre-paying for your photos.
Santa HQ Photo Package Giveaway
Will Santa HQ be at a mall near you? We have a Santa HQ Complimentary Photo Package (value of $46.99) to give away to one lucky About A Mom reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling what aspect of Santa HQ you are most excited about, and which Macerich Mall you plan to visit. We will choose a random winner from the comments below on November 25th. Giveaway ends on November 24, 2014 at 11:59pm. Void where prohibited. Open to U.S. residents, ages 18 and older.