Hello Holiday Season. This time of year is pure magic for our sweet kiddos—Santa, presents, holiday baking, the list goes on. For us parents working behind-the-scenes, this time of year can bring stress and seemingly mile-long to-do lists.
One item that I adore, but also cringe at, is meeting Santa. The long lines, rushed staff, and a quick Santa greeting has never sat well with me in years past. This year I was determined to find a great Santa experience, and boy did I! We have to get that adorable photo with Santa, right? Well now you can enjoy the experience and show off that adorable photo to your friends and family.
Christmas is in full swing at Arizona Mills, and they have really outdone themselves! You walk in and are greeted with twinkle lights, adorable Christmas displays, and even some fantastic LEGO art! It screams holidays and my kids were in awe as soon as we entered the mall.
Our first stop was a meeting with Santa, and he did not disappoint! Sweet staff members greeted me, as my kids ran to meet Santa. He has a real white beard and has to be one of the most legit Santa’s I have sever seen, score! Not only was St. Nick fitting for the part, but he was a joy with my kids. Listening intently to every.single.present.request. After the photos, the little ones were given reindeer hats and candy canes while our photos were printed on the spot!
BONUS: Included with your Santa photo package is a free call from Santa! It comes with simple step-by-step setup instructions. You pick the date and time for the big guy to call your phone, to ensure you are home with the kids and ready for the ringing! I love this and can’t wait for that call with my kids.
Santa photos are located near the Food Court and will be available through Christmas Eve, December 24th. For more information including holiday hours click HERE.
Don’t forget to check out these special Santa experiences:
Caring Santa, a carefully managed, sensory-friendly Santa photo experience exclusively for children with special needs taking place on Sunday, December 3rd from 9-11am. Reserve your spot for a private photo experience HERE.
Arizona Mills invites the community to bring their cute and cuddly canines and furry felines to meet jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas for an adorable photo opp on two dates: Sunday, November 19th and Sunday, December 10th from 6-7:30pm. You can register your fur babies HERE.
After our Christmas experience we kept the family day going with a quick spin on the carousel and a delicious lunch in the food court. A successful morning at Arizona Mills, and a festive one at that! I highly recommend making a day of your visit, since there is so much to do at Arizona Mills—lunch, rides, Lego Experience, the Sea Life Aquarium and maybe even pick up a holiday gift or two while you are there!
We would love to see your photos when you visit Santa! Be sure to use hashtags #nphxmoms and #AZMillsJOY when sharing your photos.