DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Santa HQ but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
HGTV’s Santa HQ
Hi friends! It’s that time of year, do you take pictures with Santa? It’s one of our yearly traditions, since our first kiddo. I absolutely love the tradition of visiting Santa, and this year we kicked it up a notch by visiting HGTV’s Santa HQ at Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona. Not only do you get pictures with Santa, but Santa HQ is an immersive, interactive holiday experience with the use of state-of-the-art digital technology.
HGTV Santa HQ Features
At Santa HQ, there are traditional photo opportunities with Santa Claus, with a variety of photo packages families can choose from. But like I said, Santa HQ has kicked it up a notch (or five)! There’s a Naughty or Nice Meter where kiddos can stand next to an interactive board to find out which of Santa’s lists – Naughty or Nice – they made. Your kids can also visit HGTV Santa HQ’s Elf Academy, a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy includes the Magic Mirror where guests can transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID where your kids can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a selfie.
HGTV’s Santa HQ at Chandler Fashion Center
HGTV’s Santa HQ is available in locations across California, Arizona, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington, D.C. corridor. Since we’re in Arizona, we visited the Santa HQ at our local Chandler Fashion Center. The HQ is located in the Macy’s court area, come along with us on our adventure!
Save Time with Fast Pass
If you’re like me and you’d rather not spend time in line as we approach the busiest Santa time of the season, you can purchase a Fast Pass! For Chandler Fashion Center, simply CLICK HERE to secure a Fast Pass and pre-purchase a photo package. From there you can select the date, a 30-minute window of time to use Fast Pass, pre-pay online, upgrade your package by adding a family photo weeks/days in advance, and opt-in to receive text reminders about your Fast Pass window. Talk about convenient!
HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving Drive:
HGTV’s Help Through Holiday Giving is a program that encourages visitors to donate toys for underserved children during the holiday season. 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.
Other Santa HQ Events
There are many events that Santa HQ hosts on top of the already amazing experience. Please note: events, dates, and times are specific to each Santa HQ center. Be sure to check with your center for more details. For Chandler Fashion Center, they are hosting special evenings called “Yappy Hour:” a special event for you and your furry friend to get time with the “Big Guy.” Bring your dog or cat during designated evenings for an exciting night of pet photos, cocktails and holiday cheer.
So there you have it! If you’re looking to start a new tradition, continue your annual tradition or just get the kids out for some family holiday fun, be sure to seek out an HGTV’s Santa HQ near you!