December has only just begun and we are already having a blast with all the family-friendly holiday activities that Ottawa has to offer! Ever since we had Jax, we always visit Santa at the various malls throughout the city. Well, we’re shopping anyways, so why not get another Santa photo opportunity, right? Poor little Jax was wailing each time for the first time but I thought well maybe if we try a different mall he will smile. Talk about torture!
I have quite the collection of crying photos. Typical classic Santa photos that are the best though. Now that Jax doesn’t cry, it’s poor Hudson’s turn. I wasn’t cruel enough to take him to more than one Santa though. We have visited the Santas at Bayshore Shopping Centre, Hazeldean Mall, Rideau Centre and Carlingwood Shopping Centre.
We tried Carlingwood last year because they have a cute little train that takes you around the mall, so a friend and I decided to check it out, and then visit their Santa. I wasn’t intending to purchase photos because I had already seen Santa at Bayshore and purchased their photos, but when I saw the photos … WOW, I was blown away at the results! I ended up purchasing every single one! The quality was amazing, and the Santa was SO engaging, he really helped make the pictures good. Between that and the kids LOVING the train, we decided that Carlingwood was the place to be for our annual visit Santa tradition. Seriously guys, the train is so fun, watching the joy in the children’s faces and waving hi to all the shoppers is so worth the trip!
This year my friend and I chose a day that our husbands could come and make a day of it. We started running around the mall, because kids just love that. There were a couple of stores that had toys in them so we started with EB Games, Calendar Club & Toys, and The Showcase as Seen on TV store. We got some great Christmas gift ideas, particularly the table top air hockey table that I’m excited for even though it’s for the kids!
After quite a bit of shopping around, we picked up some balloons from customer service and made our way over to the train. We had such a fun time, just like last year, and continued our tradition of waving and smiling to all the mall shoppers.
Once we got to Santa, I was worried because it wasn’t the same one we got last year, but he was equally as excellent and the photos were amazing. I bought all 18 of them! For 10 and over you pay $32.99 so why not get them all. Of course they have a variety of packages for every budget.
Hudson freaked out at first, but he warmed up to Santa at the end and even high fived him. Couldn’t ask for better than that. I highly recommend Carlingwood Shopping Centre for your Santa visit experience! BONUS: If you post your photos to social media, they are running a contest where you can win gift cards to the mall simply by hashtagging #CarlingwoodSanta
So, give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Tell me, what are your Santa traditions? I’d love to see your pictures (crying or not), and hear your feedback on the various Santas!