Friday, November 30, 2012

A Magical Time at Santa's Wonderland

santas wonderland santas office
Last week, we attended the opening of Santa's Wonderland in OC. Big B had so much fun. He talked about it the whole weekend and he kept asking when we were going to go back. Of course, the fun for me was meeting up with my blogger friends and seeing just how happy Big B was. Santa's Wonderland is huge. It's housed in a two-story warehouse that's decked in all things Christmas.

Activities we visited

  • Santa's Naughty or Nice List
  • Letters to Santa
  • Mistletoe Market
  • Elf Makeover Magic
  • Gingy's Gingerbread House Making
  • Santa's Office
  • Elf Academy
  • Reindeer Games
  • Snow Room
  • Mischief Maze
  • Cityscape Light Show
  • Visit Santa

We spent about an hour and a half to visit almost everything. Of course, since there were only a few families there, we didn't encounter long lines. Hubby and I tried to guide Big B to different activities, but for the most part, we let him do whatever he wanted to do. He was most excited about the fake snow in the Snow Room, he even made a snow angel. He also enjoyed decorating the gingerbread cookies.

santas wonderland gingerbread house making

This is an attraction that is definitely geared towards the younger kids; I think two to six, maybe seven, years old. Not that older kids won't have fun, but the magic of Santa certainly helps bring out the charm of the place. Overall, I like the idea of having a winter-wonderland to take the kids to. I do think that the ticket price is a bit too much. I was also surprised to find that face painting costs $15 and upward. Of course, I have never paid for Big B to get his face painted, whether at a party, event, or amusement park; according to hubby, this is the going rate.

santa nutcracker christmas tree stacking cups

Favorite features

  • Santa's Office, I love the detail they put into making the office look realistic.
  • Enthusiastic elves
  • Delicious gingerbread cookies
  • Snow Room
  • Wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor holiday decorations
santas wonderland snow room

Tickets to visit Santa's Wonderland are available online. General admission is $25 and children 2 and under are free. Use discount code MOMS10OFF to receive $10 off admission This code is available now and good for tickets M-F 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM  December 3rd - December 31st. Tickets must be purchased by November 30th.

A little about Santa's Wonderland

Santa's Wonderland is the brainchild of Stacey Chilcoff and Scott Gunther, who transformed a 23,000 square foot facility into a fun, delightful, and entertaining magical holiday attraction. It offers activities for kids of all ages and features displays of holiday lights, decorations, and music. Santa’s Wonderland supports local Health and Human Services including; CHOC, Red Cross, United Way, Make a Wish, Second Harvest Food Bank, Veteran Services and much more!

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Disclosure: My family was invited to attend the event to facilitate a review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.