Visiting Santa at the Ontario Mills Mall
This is a sponsored post.
While our family is nowhere near ready for the holidays, the Ontario Mills Mall is decked out and ready for Christmas. Santa is seeing guests now at the Santa Photo Experience.
And two of those guests were my boys (who may be a little old to sit on Santa’s lap, but I did convince them to sit next to Santa). I could not be happier with the picture they took. It can be hard to get both of them to smile in pictures, but it was so fun and festive at the mall. The Santa Photo Experience includes snacks for kids while they wait in line and candy canes for each child after they have a chat with Santa. Kids can watch a video of Despicable Me 3 while they wait or they can create a digital letter to Santa.
Santa was lovely as were the two young ladies who took my boys’ picture. As part of this post, I was given a photo package that includes a photo keychain. I can’t wait to show everyone the picture because their photo was adorable.
One of the cool features about the Santa Experience is that you can reserve Santa’s Fast Pass. Reserve your spot and you don’t have to wait in long lines. We got there shortly after the mall opened last Friday and we walked right up.
There’s more than just Santa going on at the mall. Here are some of the special events for families:
- Children with special needs and their families can enjoy Santa through a sensory-friendly “Caring Santa” event in partnership with Autism Speaks from 9:30 AM to 11 AM on Sunday, December 3rd before the mall opens. Guests can register at simon.com/caringsanta.
- Families can support local charities from November 13th through December 22nd by donating a toy to support low income families.
- Head to Guest Services to have your presents wrapped from December 11th to December 24th with donations supporting Music Changing Lives, which provides music and art enrichment programs for at-risk youth.
- You may just be one of the lucky winners of a “Surprise and Delight” gift. Shoppers will be chosen at random to receive a gift like shoppers did in this video.
After we had pictures with Santa, we did a little shopping. I haven’t been to Ontario Mills in years and I was surprised by how many great stores there were. It’s an indoor outlet mall with two Starbucks and a lot of great places to eat including Blaze Pizza and Chipotle. As far as shopping, there is a lot of it. The mall has a Nordstrom Rack, outlets for Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Columbia and North Face. I spent too much time looking at shoes in Nordstrom Rack and now I definitely need to go back without my boys to look around more and do some Christmas shopping.
Ontario Mills is 38 miles east of Los Angeles where Interstate 10 and 15 meet. In general, the mall is open from 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 11 AM to 8 PM on Sunday. Check the website for special holiday hours. Families can see Santa at his home in Fashion Alley. Check here for times and check here for Santa’s Fast Pass – reservations to see Santa.
This post was part of a sponsored campaign with Ontario Mills Malls. All opinions are my own.