Christmas Goes Virtual

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Despite the stressful year we’ve all collectively experienced, we’re getting into the holiday spirit—or trying to, at least!

But no matter what we do in our households to prepare for Yuletide, there’s something that just doesn’t feel quite right about a Christmas without Santa. If your little ones feel a little glum about not being able to visit Santa at the local mall or town square, there’s a surprising substitute you should consider.

Like the rest of us, Old Saint Nick is going virtual this year. That’s right; Santa Claus is coming to town, but this time, it’s via the internet. We know it’s not quite the same as getting to sit on Santa’s lap, but an unusual year calls for extraordinary solutions.And look on the bright side – there are absolutely no lines!

So get your list together, make sure you have a fast and reliable internet connection from S&T and check out one of these virtual Santa options:

Macy’s Santaland

Macy’s is spreading the peace and goodwill this holiday season with virtual Santa meetups – and that’s just the beginning. The department store giant has reimagined Santaland in a big way: their interactive website features everything from yummy holiday recipes to kid-friendly DIY craft videos and much more. Enjoy interactive games, join a merry sing-a-long, write letters to the North Pole, and get a special shout-out from the elves! Best of all, you can meet the big man himself and nab a photo – all you have to do is sign up. 

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club is offering the most magical gift of all – a chance to talk one-on-one with Kris Kringle. You’re getting a Zoom call, and who should be on the other end of the line but Santa himself! Your kiddo can have a personal virtual meeting with Santa, and for that extra special touch, you can provide Santa with their name and age ahead of time. At the end of the session, you can score a complimentary photo book to cherish the Christmas memories for years to come.

JingleRing

Are you looking for a super fun, affordable, and personalized Christmas option? JingleRing may be just the thing. You can easily customize your meet and greet with Santa to fit your family like a glove. The website provides a family profile for you to fill out when booking, which allows you to select a Santa based on “preferences for ethnicity, language (including ASL), and faith.” You can even request a ‘Sensitive Santa’ for children with special needs. And to top it all off, you can enjoy a guest appearance from Mrs. Claus, who might even read a Christmastime story if you ask nicely! This virtual experience includes an activity e-book, a festive video, and pictures you can share with the whole family. 

This year, there’s no need to sacrifice your Christmas tradition! You can stay safe, healthy, and still get your usual dose of Christmas cheer via fast internet from S&T!