Christmas time is all about creating traditions. We hunt for trees, serve a special dinner, look at holiday lights, and visit Santa Claus.
I recently took my middle daughter, Emma, shopping at our local mall for a mother daughter night out. It’s always a big treat for her to have alone time with me and have the opportunity to visit the Washington Square Mall. She purchased presents for her brother and sister and had dinner. We then paid a visit to Santa at the Santa HQ, which is located in the heart of the mall.
About the Santa HQ
The Santa HQ is presented by HGTV and is located in 15 shopping centers across the United States. It’s the perfect place for kids to meet Santa!
The Santa HQ has a lot of extra activities for the kids that will entertain them while they wait. There’s the “Naughty-or-Nice-O-Meter”, where kids can find out which list they’ve made; an area where you can check out Elf-Ray Vision by either downloading the app or by using one of the provided tablets. You can also Elf Yourself and watch a fun personalized video and kids can check out a replica of Santa’s sleigh control station.
There’s even a place for parents to sit and watch some fun holiday DIY tips and tricks from HGTV.
After your visit you can also teach your child about giving back during the holiday season as there is a drop off location for the HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving Drive. Visitors have the opportunity to drop off new and unwrapped toys for local children in need.
Schedule Your Visit:
If you don’t want to wait in line, the Santa HQ also offers an online reservation system so you can schedule your time to see Santa and the team. Afterwards there are many portrait purchase options so that you can bring home the memories from this timeless tradition.
After our excursion Emma came home tired and happy. As I tucked her into bed I smiled because I knew that we had just made a memory that would last for a long time to come.
This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Macerich for experiencing and reviewing this event.