My post about the Santa at Potomac Mills sure got you guys fired up. I love hearing your opinions, though! I asked for additional pictures/details from other malls and events that people said were better, and Samantha from Happily a Housewife (also a PWC Resident!) shared her experiences at Fair Oaks Mall this year. Thanks Samantha!!
Thanksgiving is here, and with that December and the holiday season are right around the corner. I don't know about you, but in our house, my kids are already making their list for Santa.
We are lucky to live in an area with so many malls and "Santa" events. But it can get a bit overwhelming deciding where to take your little ones, where has the best atmosphere, shortest wait, helpful staff.
Our choice is Fair Oaks Mall. Although not in PWC, it is very close, and has an amazing display.
When you enter the ice palace, it is magical. You enter into a giant snow globe, complete with snow falling!
I was at the mall for an event recently, and actually got to take a few minutes to speak with a staff member. Here are some tips she shared with me....
1. Weekdays are going to be the least crowded. However, avoid Monday afternoons. (Fairfax County Schools have shortened days on Mondays)
2. Black Friday morning is surprisingly slow, as many adults are out shopping, or avoiding the malls altogether.
3. At Fair Oaks while they do want to keep the line moving, they really want each child to get their time, special moment with Santa.
4. There is no fast pass line. At some malls you can pay more to get in a separate faster moving line. This however makes the regular line run even slower.
In addition to photos with Santa, you can also get a photo taken with The Princess as well. It really is a great experience that children of all ages will love!
While at Fair Oaks Mall, if your children are younger, be sure to check out the BRAND NEW Michael and Son Play Area.
My favorite feature is the heat activated paint splotch. When placing your hand on the soft mat, the heat from your body actually changes the color of the mat!
Hi I am Samantha. My husband, 3 kids, and I have lived in PWC for 5 years. Check out My Blog, to see more. I also want to thank Andrea from Real Housewives of Northern Virginia for hosting a great event at Fair Oaks Mall.
Note from Kristina: Thanks so much to Samantha for the post, and also, be sure to check out Real Housewives' additional pictures from her annual Sensory-Friendly Santa event at Fair Oaks.