Jolly old Saint Nicholas is back at Fair Oaks Mall with his magical holiday experience – Santa’s Flight Academy. This isn’t just any old visit to Santa. Prepare yourself for an interactive journey, as children become a member of Santa’s flight crew!
You can’t miss the larger than life sleigh centered on the lower level in Grand Court. As you reach the front of the line, there is a kiosk where you will enter your child’s name, and partner with a virtual elf in order to help Santa deliver his presents around the world. The kiosk takes their picture, which then creates a personalized badge that your child will use throughout their North Pole experience.
Due to high crowds, patrons are encouraged to pre-register children for a badge online, or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Better yet, skip the lines and sign up online for an Express Pass. Note that this is an extra $10 fee but could definitely be worth it to avoid waiting in a long line.
Entering Santa’s Flight Academy, your child will insert their badge into the reindeer badge machines. Get ready to help inspect Santa’s sleigh, check the weather, map out the best present delivery route and be fit for a virtual suit. So many buttons; so many opportunities to interact! It was the perfect experience before the grand finale.
Before meeting Santa, everyone walks through a 22-foot-tall sleigh where you will see your child’s name lit up on a screen, all the while having a magical snowfall dance party! (Be sure to bring a comb or brush to dust out the snow from your child’s hair.) Just around the corner, Santa awaits, bright eyed and merry. He was just as pleasant as could be and engaged each child, listening to their intent wishes. Our three girls were astonished to hear Santa call them by name! After the visit, Santa gives each child a small thank you gift.
Santa’s Flight Academy runs now through December 24th so be sure to check out this special holiday experience. A variety of photo packages are available in person or before you go.
Have a pet? Santa’s Flight Academy is open to pets too! Bring your pet in on any of the following dates:
- Saturday, November 25, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
- Sunday, November 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 3, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, December 9, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
- Sunday, December 10, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Photos courtesy of Marcy Fisher and Fair Oaks Mall.
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