Santa moved his Headquarters to Rosemont, IL. Santa HQ is nestled in the middle of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago right by the food court. The interactive experience is now open and ready for Holiday fun until Dec 24th. I took the kids and my brother in law to check out the fun and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Every little detail was thought about. So many cute surprises awaits Santa’s visitors. The atmosphere is magical and great for those that want proof that Santa is real!
The kids made an elf dance video, caught behind the scenes footage of Santa’s sleigh, found out if they were on the naughty list or not and had a great convo with the big guy! Even though Dereon no longer believes in Santa it was cute to see him play along for his brother’s sake.
Chance was a little scared of Santa, but he did have a little chat with him. To show his appreciation for visiting him Santa gave out cute little coloring books and crayons to all his little friends and Chance couldn’t wait to fill his book with colors.
We visited Santa last year at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and it was an epic time as well, but this year they have kicked it up a notch and have now added a few new things like:
- Santa HQ has a fun Snapchat filter around the Naughty or Nice O’Meter (Location services must be turned on in order for the filter to show up). Y’all know I love Snapchat.
- Also new this year, selfie sticks are available for guests to borrow after they check in so parents can take pictures easily with their children throughout the experience #santahq
- Visitors can download the FREE Santa HQ apps, “Elf-Ray Vision” and the “Elfie” so they can interact with the technology prior to the experience.
- Guests can continue their journey at home by visiting santa–hq.com. All triggers around the Santa HQ set are available on the website and can be printed and used at home with the Elf-Ray Vision app!
Address and hours are:
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way
Mondays through Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 25: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 26: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.