How to See Santa at Home in 2020December 6, 2020
It’s that time of year again. Time to untangle the lights, take out the reindeer shaped cookie cutter, and coordinate the perfect holiday-themed outfits for a picture with Santa. Or maybe not on that last item. Families are adjusting their special traditions this year due to the continued surge of COVID-19 throughout the country. One of the biggest traditions that is being missed is seeing Santa in person. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to bring some of that Santa magic into your home. Zoom sessions, special apps, and elf-filled websites are becoming a popular option for families that are choosing to stay home for the holidays. We found a few options for families looking to make sure their children get to see Santa this year and are sharing them with you below. Each of these options offers different types of experiences and covers a range of budgets but all of them find ways to infuse some extra joy into the 2020 holiday season.
Macy's Santaland at Home
Macy’s has been hosting Santa visits since 1861 but this year they have transformed the experience “into an interactive, virtual experience” called Macy’s Santaland. Kids not only get to see Santa but also meet his elves and tour his workshop. The customized experience ends with a virtual visit with Santa. Best of all it’s completely free!
Santa the Experience
For a more engaging experience try a live video chat with Santa the Experience. The chat with Santa is approximately five minutes but before that, you’ll be guided through a tour of the North Pole including the toy factory and the reindeer stables. You’ll even get to see Mrs. Claus! When you book you can provide information about your child like his or her name, age, wish list, and even a specific memory you would like Santa to bring up during the conversation. Packages start around $45 and can go up depending on the time slot and add-ons.
Another live video option is Santa’s Club. This site allows you to choose between a live video with Santa or a personalized recorded video message. They also offer an upgraded version that includes a personalized mailed letter that arrives before your session. The live video sessions last around five minutes and packages start around $35.
Portable North Pole
Do you need a more involved Santa to help encourage your kids to stay on the nice list? Portable North Pole offers options for recorded personalized videos from Santa throughout the year. Santa can wish your child a happy birthday, remind them to behave, or congratulate a new accomplishment (anyone trying to potty-train their child right now?). You can also order a call from Santa about being kind or trying hard in school. You can create a simple video for free and a “Magic Pass” which allows you to create multiple videos starts at $10.99.
If you get to Christmas Eve and don’t have time to schedule a call with Santa a great option is just to superimpose Santa to a photo and offer your kids “proof” of his visit. The iCaughtSanta App is perfect for this. You can just upload a photo of your living room or Christmas tree and the app will allow you to add a Santa sticker. They have several Santas to choose from. Your kids will see Santa leaving presents under your tree. The same app can be used again to add the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. The app is available for iOS and Android and is free to download.