As a mom who lives for the magic of Christmas, photos are simply non-negotiable. This year, we’ve partnered with Macerich/HGTV Santa HQ on this sponsored post because we love the magical experience they provide for families. Can you believe this is our third year? I’m happy to say, it’s become a very special holiday tradition to us.
“All I want for Christmas is…”
I have a teen. Well, almost a teen, she’s a tween, but in less than a month she’ll be the big 13 and if there is a non-negotiable in my holly jolly Christmas abode, it’s a strict no picture, no presents rule. I understand. She’s older, and while she still remembers me saying, “If you don’t believe, he won’t come,” I believe she’s on board with milking this holiday for everything it’s worth. Perhaps you have some Elf Intern program I can get her set up with? You know, free labor in exchange for presents? I don’t know, I’m just a mother desperately trying to hold onto the Christmas magic any old way I can.
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So Santa, may I call you Santa? This year, I decided to switch it up, and had her bring a friend to visit you at the HGTV’s Santa HQ because it’s truly Christmas experience unlike any other. The girls are finally old enough to appreciate the programs they see on HGTV, and yet, they were impressed and amused by all of the digital experiences and tech kiosks throughout the Elf Academy that could have kept them occupied for hours.
Inside HGTV Santa HQ Elf Academy
Elf Academy includes Magic Mirror where guests can transform into one of Santa’s very own official elves from the North Pole and virtually try on an array of elf attire. At the Elf-ID kiosk, guests can create their very own Elf-ID card complete with a selfie. Elf-Ray Vision allows elves in training to explore Santa’s Observatory through the use of digital tablets designed by the elf-techs at Santa’s Workshop. The Naughty or Nice Meter: Vistors can stand next to an interactive board to find out which of Santa’s lists – Naughty or Nice – they made.
But the highlight of this entire trip is not only the funtastic time our teen elves had exploring the immersive, interactive holiday experiences, but the ease of skipping all of the lines with a convenient Fast Pass thanks to Lakewood Center that where you can pre-purchase your photo package and breeze through the lines. HGTV Santa HQ are located throughout Arizona, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington D.C. corridor.
Whichever way you look at it, the magic of the holidays perfectly goes hand-in-hand with the home. HGTV is the ideal partner for this magical holiday experience.
Anyway Santa, this year you were just as amazing, and the girls had such a great time. I do think there could be a slight glitch in your Naughty-O-Nice machine. Both girlies got on your good list, but I’ll let that slide. Just keep a closer eye on the Kiddos next year, cool?
Peace, Love, and Peppermint Canes,
Jet Set Mom xx
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Throughout December, HGTV Santa HQ will be open:
Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
December 15th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve