Alright Smarties, we are going to let you in a little secret, CSP’s favorite places to see Santa. Visiting Santa is such a special occasion, and you want to be sure that your kids get to see a jolly ol’ soul and not just a man in a red suit.
I always look forward to our trip to see Mr. Claus. I dress the girls up in matching Christmas outfits and as we wait in line, we talk about the gifts that Zoe plans to ask him for – she even tells him things on Annie’s list. My favorite part is the picture that we pay $20 for where Annie is beat red and trying to leap out of his arms. This happened with Zoe until she was three and with Annie the last two years. I don’t even mind anymore as the other moms stare at me like am crazy as I giggle as my child screams. But it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it. So here are some suggestions from all of us at CSP.
One recommendation is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont. Dana plans to go there this year. They have a Santa workshop on Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30 where you can also see Santa while doing crafts, books, etc. They also have Santa hours from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and the gardens are lit up with Christmas lights. They have carriage rides and carolers. There is a fee, $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
There is also a good Santa at Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills. Santa’s Wonderland is the real deal, you get a free photo and there are free games, activities and crafts for the kids. So get your fishing gear on and head up to Concord Mills.
Ashley takes her kids to see the Santa at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. It snows Friday through Sunday every hour on the hour. There are also singing bears every hour on the hour daily. Santa is around M – Th, Noon – 6pm, Fri-Sat, Noon – 8pm, Sun, Noon – 6pm. For you super smarty moms, there is a Breakfast with Santa on this Saturday, December 5th at 8:30 and 9:45am at Red Rocks Cafe and all procedes benefits Habitat for Humanity. For tickets, call 704-575-2870.
Other options are the Black Lion at Park Road Extension and there will be a Santa at the Shoppes at Morrison on December 12 from 1 – 4.
We always end up going to SouthPark to see our Santa. It is hard to recommend this as a Super Smarty place to see Santa, since the lines are always terribly long (we end up going there during peak hours), and it is expensive to get a photo, but it has always been convenient option for us. I also like going to see the same Santa so that Zoe doesn’t ask any questions.
This year, if you are a Simon Kidgits Club® member there will be fun activities like writing a letter to Santa, making reindeer food, coupons towards a photo with Santa and giveaways. This will take place this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.in the Food Court.
Merry Christmas and may your Santa sightings be joyous and memorable! And please let us know about other Santas that we may have missed.
Check out our new Smarty Giveaway! What a great way to start the holiday season! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is giving one lucky reader a family four pack to their newest production, Laura Numeroff’s, “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies”. This giveaway will run through December 6th, so enter now for your chance to win. Click Here to enter.