Photo by Santa HQ
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy yourself and to feel the Christmas spirit at Santa HQ at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago! The HGTV partnership with Santa HQ makes Santa’s workshop come to life with digital innovative and interactive activities and an Elf-Ray Vision app. Upon entering, there is a Naughty or Nice O’Meter and then you see what list you end up on. I was actually nervous to see what list I would be on! It also kind of felt like I was on a spaceship with all the lights (10,000 individual bulbs to be exact) and I loved it!! You can also make yourself into an elf and also look into a Magic Mirror and of course, hang out with Santa and his elves, Strawberry and Jack (on Saturdays through December 8th from 1-4PM). The Elf-Ray Vision app is free to download and there are designated spots throughout Santa HQ to hold up and see what pops out!
Santa HQ will be open seven days a week through December 24th:
- Mondays through Thursdays: 11AM – 8PM
- Fridays and Saturdays: 10AM – 9PM
- Sundays: 10AM – 7PM
- Sunday, December 16th: 10AM – 9PM
- Monday, December 24th: 10AM – 6PM
Every Monday, from November 26th through December 17th, Pet Nights will offer furry family members the opportunity to join the fun and take part in family photos with Santa from 6 – 8PM, Fashion Outlets of Chicago encourages shoppers participating in Pet Nights to park on P2 (second level) of the parking garage and enter the center by Helzberg Diamonds and Converse to easily access Santa HQ. For every shopper who purchases a Santa HQ photo package during Pet Nights, Fashion Outlets of Chicago will donate $10 to the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Santa HQ activities are free with the option to purchase a variety of photo packages and guests can make advance reservations at santa-hq.com. HGTV encourages visitors to Santa HQ to share the festive occasion with friends and family on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #SantaHQ and #loveHGTV.
In the spirit of the holiday giving season, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is proud to again host its annual holiday drive at Santa HQ benefitting Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Visitors who donate a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more between November 9th and December 19th will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to Brookfield Zoo, a $21.95 value, valid through December 31st. For the extra generous, up to four general admission zoo tickets can be distributed per shopper.
Naughty or Nice O’Meter
I made the *nice* list
3D Elf-Ray Vision App
Me and Santa
Photo by Santa HQ
A New Day: Sweater & Skirt // Hue: Tights // GAP: Mary Janes (option)
*Thank you Santa HQ and Carol Fox Associates for the experience. All opinions are my own.