HGTV’s Santa HQ at Chandler Fashion Center

HGTV's Santa HQSanta is all about the experience and this year Chandler Fashion Center has partnered with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.” Families are invited to experience the wonder of Santa’s workshop in the digital age. Exciting interactive technology transforms and customizes the experience. This past Friday we got to get a special preview of the Headquarters in person and it was spectacular!

The headquarters are beautifully decorated and perfectly fitting for the big man himself. Before entering, we downloaded the interactive Elf-Ray Vision app to discover all the hidden gems throughout the HQ. Even at the entrance we were greeted by 2 friendly digital elves!

 We excitedly made our way in to be greeted by a real elf and guided to the digital Naughty or Nice O’Meter. The boys each made their way on the platform and awaited their fate. Thankfully both the boys passed on the nice list and we continued on our journey into Santa’s Workshop to snap an “Elfie Selfie” and make our own holiday video below. Fun fact, you can have this video emailed to you after to use as a Holiday Greeting!

After my two little elves got their dance on, we made our way to the observatory. Here the boys used special tablets to view Santa’s magical world.  They even got to look through the huge telescope above us to look at the night sky and Santa’s elves at work.

Max was ready to see Santa so we headed around the corner to be greeted by smiling elves and the big man in red with arms wide open. The boys hopped up on his lap and told him every toy they could think of for Christmas. The elves tried to get a few photos of the boys with Santa but Max was giving a blank stare while Evan was smiling as big and goofy as he could. Thankfully we got a passable photo to cherish for years to come.

This engaging new visit with Santa using digital tools to offer an augmented reality environment and a new, enhanced social media experience for families is a great way to experience the holidays. From now until December 24, you can discover the holiday wonderment in the Macy’s Court at Chandler Fashion Center. They also offer photo packages starting at $34.99. As an added bonus, guests can start to make reservations with the man of the hour now by visiting


Shoppers also are invited to bring in an unwrapped toy and participate in Help Through Holiday Giving.  Chandler Fashion Center hopes to gather 1000 toys to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel Program.

HGTV's Santa HQWishing for more jingle this holiday season?  One lucky shopper will win $10,000 cash as part of HGTV’s Spreading Holiday Cheer sweepstakes. Enter online by visiting or or enter in person at the Santa HQ set.

 (*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years or older (or legal age of majority under applicable law, whichever is older).  Odds of winning depend on total number of entries received.  Limit one entry per person regardless of method of entry.  Begins 11/14/16. Ends 12/24/16.  Void where prohibited.  Sponsored by Macerich Management Company, 401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700, Santa Monica, California 90401.)




  1. November 17, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Wow, looks like your little guys had a blast! I love that they’re helping to raise gifts for the Salvation Army’s program <3

  2. November 17, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Seeing Santa at our local mall is an annual tradition for my family! Each year they get bigger and better and more electronic! Your Santa H!Q looks awesome!

  3. November 17, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Wow, Santa’s HQ is fancy. I bet the kids loved getting their dance on. That would be so cute seeing all the kids dressed up and dancing.

  4. November 17, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    How cute and festive is this? Even though I love Thanksgiving and get angry when Christmas decorations come up before the big feast, I am totally and utterly in the holiday spirit and ready for some red and green fun with my boys!

  5. CourtneyLynne
    November 17, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Omg now that is one awesome santa set up!!!! Blows our local mall out of the water that is for sure

  6. November 17, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    My twin granddaughters are all about Santa. They would love to see this, for sure.

  7. November 18, 2016 / 8:48 am

    I haven’t been to our mall yet. I don’t know if Santa arrives until after Thanksgiving. I always love the decor but I typically avoid seeing Santa at the mall. We usually find him elsewhere.
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  8. Ann Bacciaglia
    November 18, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I wish my kids were little again so we could go see Santa here. It looks amazing. I would love to see it in person.

  9. adriana
    November 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE the HGTV Santa HQ! I have a super similar one in my mall and I swear it makes me so happy every time I see it! It’s so creative and amazing looking, love it!

  10. November 19, 2016 / 12:31 am

    This looks like so much fun and I love the decorations. My little sister has gotten older so we don’t get to do this anymore. Makes me sad because it was always such a treat!


  11. ROzilyn cool
    November 19, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    There is something so magical about seeing Santa, I love the idea of the naughty or nice meter. It completely adds to the magic of believing. Every kids worries about being in the naughty list.

  12. Jeanine
    November 19, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Wow my kids would love this! It’s really cute! I bet so cute to visit! I love this time of year and things like this!

  13. michele
    November 20, 2016 / 6:23 am

    Wow! What an awesome way to see Santa. It looks beautiful! It’s been a long time since we have gone to a mall to see him. So awesome for you!

  14. November 20, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I haven’t taken my son to see Santa in years. Too bad we don’t have this in our area. I bet both of my kids would have a very good time.

  15. November 21, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I would love to have a santa hq like this to take my kids to! So many fun things to do and it looks like you had a great time!

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