“You better watch out; you better not cry; you better not pout, I’m telling you why”. We all know that Santa is coming to town and you want to get cute photos of the kids with the jolly old guy. So, we’re sharing our top tips for visiting Santa today as part of a sponsored partnership with Macerich.
Santa Photo Tips:
1. Pick a fun place to meet Santa, like Santa HQ! The more fun and comfortable the kids feel, the better the Santa photos. So, a place that is themed and has various activities or photos opps is definitely a good option! If you happen to live near (or will be traveling to) any of areas with Macerich Shopping Centers in California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Chicago, Metro New York, and the Washington, D.C. corridor, we recommend planning a visit to Santa HQ!
HGTV’s Santa HQ adds a whole new dimension to the traditional family Santa Claus visit by guiding visitors through an immersive, interactive holiday extravaganza that uses of state-of- the-art digital technology. If you’re curious, here’s 5 reasons to take this year’s Santa photo at Santa HQ. My boys happen to REALLY love the Control Center! So fun!There’s also Santa HQ’s new Elf Academy – a fun, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy also include the Magic Mirror: Guests can now transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID: Guests can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and an “elfie selfie” ;). So fun! 2. Have a set time! Nothing kills a kid’s excitement like having to wait in a long line. So, having a set time to visit Santa is a HUGE bonus is making things go smoothly. That’s another perk of Santa HQ by HGTV, as you can make reservations! We LOVE reservations for these sorts of things – it just makes it all SO much nicer!
3. Choose your time wisely. On the subject of having a set time or reservation, it’s also SO important to choose your time wisely. Are your little ones still napping? Don’t schedule their visit over naptime! Do the kids get hangry? Make sure to schedule during a time that they won’t be “starving”. Have any availability on a week day afternoon or evening? That time is likely to be SO much lighter than the weekend. All those sorts of things can make a huge difference in preventing meltdowns and helping the experience be more enjoyable. We scheduled at an after school time that wasn’t too busy and we got much of the place all too ourselves – which meant a little more time with Santa as well!
4. Do matching or coordinating outfits! If you’ve been a reader for awhile (or know me in real life), you know that I’m a HUGE fan of matching outfits. Last year, the boys wore these ADORABLE DIY “Hoo Loves Christmas” shirts (you could totally make these for a cute photo option). SO cute!!! This year we did coordinating looks, with Christmas themed graphic tees! The boys were super into them and the coordinating pops of color still looked good in photos!
5. Be Flexible! Even when you’re well prepared, you never know what might happen when visiting Santa – especially with little kids. So, try to pack some patience and be flexible. If you’re at a fun place like Santa HQ with lots of activities, keep in mind that the kids might want to do a lot of exploring and take their time going through ALL the things. So just be sure to be flexible with what happens – the more relaxed you are, the better the whole experience will be! So here’s to good Santa photos and a Merry Christmas! And be sure to go have some fun at Santa HQ if there is one in your area!
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Macerich. All opinions, photographs, and experiences are entirely our own!