OlgaDavis30: Checking out HGTV's Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets Chicago

Monday, November 14, 2016

Checking out HGTV's Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets Chicago

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at least it is at our mall, Fashion Outlets Chicago, located in Rosemont. This past week my family and I were invited to check out HGTV's Santa HQ. Madeline was excited to visit the headquarters and visit Santa. This experience is tying in the digital and social media delights that we love. That's something new I haven't seen at traditional Santa photo stations. You can even make a reservation online so you don't have to worry.

When you arrive be sure to download Elf-Ray Vision in order to participate in the interactive portion. It was pretty cool to use our phone to hold up to special icons located in the headquarters and see some special surprises. Once you're home you can also print out the triggers and continue the fun.

Not sure if you've been border line naughty or nice? Test out the Naughty-or-Nice O'Meter and find out for sure. Madeline hesitatingly stepped onto the platform to be "scanned" to find out what it said...surprise, it showed her on the Nice List, which of course made her night. She was happy to know that Santa would be bringing a gift as long as she continued to stay on that list.

Once inside you'll also have fun snapping some selfies and making your own holiday video.  This was my favorite, I mean what mom doesn't like to see her kids dancing like little elves in a video.  If you enter your email address you'll get a link to the video so you can show everyone how cute your kids are.

Then of course we got to meet the Big Guy, Santa Claus! You can imagine my four year olds excitement when she saw him up close. Olivia on the other hand was more of a fan of Santa when we could see him from farther away on the escalator. The picture that we took was priceless. I also made sure to be nearby so I could hear what was on Madeline's wish list. Compared to last year she was not a shy little cookie anymore.

Visiting Santa is such a great tradition and what better way to do it then having fun while you wait for your turn. And while your at it get a little shopping done. Fashion Outlets Chicago has so many stores, tons of parking, and a great food court. Shoppers can celebrate Black Friday in style at Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s “Fashionably Late” event beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, November 24 and running through 10 p.m. Friday, November 25. Guests can take advantage of incredible Black Friday savings at more than 130 designer outlets while Chicago’s hottest DJs including DJ Lani Love will spin chart-topping hits throughout the 24-hour party. Make a day of it and bring the family. Have a fur baby see below for pet day info! And don't forget to register for your chance to win $10,000 in cash by registering at the Santa HQ set or by visiting www.santa-hq.com

Do you have any holiday traditions when it comes to meeting Santa or shopping?

Santa HQ will be open seven days a week through December 24. Operating hours are:

· 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.

Special holiday hours include:

· Friday, November 25: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Saturday, November 26: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Sunday, November 27: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

· Sunday, December 18: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

· Saturday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Furry family members can join in the fun and be a part of family photos with Santa during Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s pet nights. Every Monday, from November 28 through December 19, families can bring their cat or dog to Santa HQ for photos with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. Fashion Outlets of Chicago encourages shoppers participating in pet nights to park on P2 (second level) of the parking garage and enter the center by Helzberg Diamonds and Converse to easily access Santa HQ.

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