Santa Sightings Guaranteed to Bring Holiday Cheer

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Autism Spectrum, Baby, Christmas Holiday, Flee Market, Kids, Multigen, North America, Snowsports, USA

No matter how old you are or how skeptical you may be about Santa Claus and his role in the winter holidays, it seems that everyone enjoys seeing him on their holiday travels.

Thanks to our colleagues at  i.d.e.a. public relations, we can share some of his more exceptional appearances. They’re so much fun, in fact, that you may want to vacation alongside him.

And for those who prefer a staycation, SantaCon – an opportunity for any jolly old soul to impersonate Santa, returns to cities and bars around the country. In our home of New York City the reindeers take off at 11am, December 12, 2016. The international SantaCon directory lists dates and details for global events sprouting any time between November 25 and December 24, around the world.

Here are 10 more ways to catch him – if you can!


Santa Surfs in San Diego

Let’s start in San Diego, where i.d.e.a.’s client Seaport Village is located, At the waterfront lifestyle mall downtown, Surfin' Santa -- a character who arrives near shore by jet pack or pirate ship -- is a San Diego tradition that returns Saturday, November 26.  Count on him dressed in board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and dress appropriately so you can pose for photos with him while he hangs ten inside a six-foot wave on a surfboard. 


Canoe with Santa to Oahu

It’s always sunny in Waikiki, Hawaii – which is why tourists love it. On Oahu, Santa takes advantage of the climate to paddle his own outrigger canoe and pose for pictures on December 10. e will pull up Set on the beach at the Outrigger Waikiki hotel, and be greeted by hula-dancing children and hundreds of onlookers. Holiday rates begin at $229 for a double this season.


Santa Enjoys Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Natchez

It’s hard to find Santa among the glitter of gold and gems at the Towers of Natchez, an ornate bed and breakfast in this waterfront Mississippi town that dates to the late 1700s. During the holidays, The Towers displays a floor to ceiling “sculpture” made up of thousands of vintage costume jewelry pieces called “The Jeweled Christmas.”  House tours are available weekends from November 26 to January 7; the cost is $20 per adult, $15 per child ages 8-12. At 7pm on December  9 and 16 are special candlelit tours, serving champagne to adults only, truly a spectacle to remember.


Santa Feeds the Fishes in Kentucky

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland is a seasonal exhibit at the delightful Newport Aquarium in Newport, located just opposite the city of Cincinnati. In their comfortable theatre used for guided marinelife talks, guests can watch through a huge glass wall as Santa dons a bright red wetsuit and air tank in lieu of his normal winter garb, waving to his young fans and communicating through the glass. Running daily November 25-December 31.


Sit with the Hipster Santa in Portland

Oregon families sign up early for a meet and greet with Hipster Santa, a local bun-wearing, hand knit cardigan-clad bearded dude who regales shoppers at Pioneer Place mall. We’re thinking nauty and nice may have new definitions when you sit on this guy’s knee.


Watch Santa's Friends Ski in Maine

The Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine creates a photo-worthy spectacle on Santa Sunday, this year to be held December 4. The resort is offering free lift tickets to the first 250 guests to arrive in Santa costume; they must ski down the slopes together carrying a donation for the local Sunday River Community Fund to qualify. It’s a great chance to ski or snowboard early season.


Santa and Mrs. Claus Take the Train in Texas

Part of little Grapevine’s annual “Christmas Capital of Texas” festivities, the locally restored Grapevine Vintage Railroad gets dressed up for special trips to the North Pole. While families crowd the decorated Victorian rail coaches, Mrs. Claus boards the train and presents each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell. Once at the North Pole, you can enter Santa’s workshop, meet him, have hot chocolate and get some one-on-one time with Santa for family photos. The North Pole Express departs from the historic railroad station in Grapvevine several times daily between Thanksgiving and Christmas; tickets are $25 for ages 13 months and older.


Santa Talks with Kids on the Spectrum

On November 26, Santa will be pausing from his preparations to visit with kids at a special Sensitive Santa event put on by Autism Live and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym of Woodland Hills, California. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families can have their photos taken, and receive a wrapped toy, while also getting the opportunity to explore uniquely ASD-friendly gym equipment. The event is free; reservations required at Autism Lives Eventbrite


Santa is More Attentive than a Helicopter Parent

Santa gets airborne in a helicopter, arriving in style to his own party at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California, on November 26. He takes photos with the kids upon arriving, partakes in Christmas carols and lets kids explore the many aircraft and unusual flying machines housed at this Smithsonian affiliate.


See Santa Towering Over Macy’s Herald Square

Beginning November 18, the flagship Macy’s Department Store at Herald Square, New York City, will feature six special holiday windows on Broadway. Did you know that Macy’s was the first department store to feature Christmas window displays? They have been enchanting generations of spectators since the early 1870’s.This year, windows are themed to “Believe,” a letter writing campaign which raises funds for Make-A-Wish. In addition to a high tech focus with YouTube videos, characters who text and email their wish lists, animated frames, and special interactive elements for the children who come to see them, expect to meet a 15-foot-tall Santa Claus who will take center stage, perched high above the marquee entrance presiding over the festive activity in Broadway Plaza below. Some windows will feature animated Mrs. Claus and Santa, while a real live Santa can be found on duty, upstairs as usual, in the Toy Department.


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