Looking for a kid friendly Santa experience that is stress free and fun? Visit Santa HQ at Scottsdale Fashion Square and other mall locations across the country. Keep reading for our 5 reasons to visit HGTV’s Santa HQ. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HGTV’s Santa HQ. The opinions and text are all mine. #santahq
5 REASONS TO VISIT HGTV’S SANTA HQ
We absolutely loved our experience at HGTV’s Santa HQ in Scottsdale Fashion Square! Santa HQ revolutionizes the traditional Santa Claus visit by guiding visitors through an immersive, interactive holiday experience with the use of state-of-the-art digital technology. In addition to Arizona, you can find Santa HQ in California, Chicago, Metro New York and the Washington, D.C. corridor. If you are near one of those areas, you won’t want to miss out on this awesome Santa experience!
We try to teach our children the importance of giving, especially during the holiday season. I appreciate that HGTV encourages visitors to donate toys for underserved children during the holiday season through their Help Through Holiday Giving program. In past years, HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving has collected more than 66,000 toys benefiting local organizations such as Forgotten Angel Tree, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, and Spark of Love Stuff a Bus.
REASON 1: HGTV’S SANTA HQ ONLINE RESERVATIONS
We have skipped mall Santa photos in the past because of the long lines. By the time we finally get to meet Santa, my kids are grumpy and that doesn’t make for the greatest photo opt. Santa HQ offers Santa FAST PASSES that we were happy to take advantage of! Guests can select the date, a 30-minute window of time to use Fast Pass, pre-pay online, upgrade their package by adding a family photo weeks/days in advance, and opt-in to receive text reminders about their Fast Pass window. GAME CHANGER! Visit www.fashionsquare.com/SantaHQ to secure a Fast Pass and pre-purchase a photo package.
REASON 2: HGTV’S SANTA HQ NAUGHTY OR NICE METER
My kids are still talking about the naughty or nice meter, this was such a fun touch! Visitors can stand next to an interactive board to find out which of Santa’s lists – Naughty or Nice – they made. My kids were very happy to see that they both made the “nice list” and loved seeing their names on the big list board. HGTV created the BEST Santa experience!
REASON 3: HGTV’S SANTA HQ ELF-RAY VISION
We could have spent all day playing with elf-ray vision! Guests can explore Santa’s Observatory through the use of tablets. Areas within Santa HQ trigger an augmented reality experience for guests. My daughter enjoyed pointing the tablet at specific areas to find elves playing and other fun graphics. Such a fun touch!
REASON 4: HGTV’S SANTA HQ ELF ACADEMY
In addition to the naughty or nice meter and elf-ray vision, Santa HQ offers many hands on experiences through their elf academy. We loved the Magic Mirror, where our kids transformed into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits. My son especially loved creating his very own customized Elf-ID using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”. They both enjoyed piloting Santa’s sleigh at the Santa HQ Control Center.
REASON 5: PHOTOS WITH SANTA
After walking through the interactive Elf Academy, we got to meet the big guy! Santa! My son is 9 and has been asking a lot of questions, but this experience solidified another year of believing. Good job HGTV, we’ll be back next year!
Visit www.fashionsquare.com/SantaHQ to learn more about HGTV’s Santa HQ!