10 Ways to Connect With Santa Ahead of Christmas

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It’s that time of year when little boys and girls are full of excitement and questions about Santa seem endless. Who isn’t inspired by the magic of the jolly old elf when looking into the eyes of his biggest little fans? If you’d like to keep the season’s magic going for your children, check out these ideas. 

1. Track Santa.

Visit noradsanta.org for Santa-themed games and also to track Santa in real time on Christmas Eve as he flies around the world on his magical sleigh delivering presents. Show your kids how to visit “The Library” on this site so they can learn about holiday traditions from around the world and take part in fun holiday activities.

2. Play and Learn With Santa's Elves.

Check out the Google Santa Tracker for more online Santa-themed games. 

3. Mail a Letter to Santa.

Drop your child’s stamped letters to Santa at your local Macy’s stores or send a letter by visiting macys.com/believe. For every letter received through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish. Learn more about a local teen this program helped last year. Or help your child write a letter to Santa and get a reply through with the help of a special effort from the U.S. Postal Service.

4. Catch Santa in Your Home.

Create a photo “proving” Santa was in your living room. Check out the mobile app at icaughtsanta.com.

5. Visit Santa at the Mall.

Take your child for a mall visit with Santa to share his or her wish list. Browse our roundup to see Santa's schedule at the mall nearest you. 

6. See Holiday Lights.

Go on a walk or drive to see the holiday lights in your neighborhood that will welcome Santa on Christmas Eve.

7. Make a Breakfast of Santa-Themed Goodies.

Make a delicious Santa-themed breakfast with healthy Fruity Santa Hats or opt in for Reindeer Donuts

8. Watch a holiday movie together.

Some of my favorites include “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (G), “Miracle on 34th Street” (PG), “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (G), “Frosty the Snowman” (G) and “The Santa Clause” (PG). 

9. Be Santa!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to the realization that you’re never too old to believe in Santa. Santas can be found everywhere, although they may be wearing regular clothes. But sometimes, they actually do look like Santa, as this little girl found out. Connect with your inner Santa by doing something nice for someone. Browse our list of Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities in the Triangle.

10. Take a ride on the Santa Train.

Take a ride on the Santa Train Dec. 15-Dec. 21 on the  Ellerbe Creek Railway at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Tickets are $22 per rider and include for a journey to the "North Pole" through thousands of twinkling lights as you meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station, explore festive activities including face painting, holiday crafts, "Skate in your socks" ice rink, and more. Finish your night with complimentary hot chocolate, and holiday music. Trains leave every 20 minutes (5:20-8:20 p.m.); event gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. For tickets, browse this link.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science

First published Dec. 20, 2015

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