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An interactive augmented reality game, 'Santa's Helpers,' will launch at select properties in the new Simon Family app this holiday season and will further enrich the on-mall shopping experience. The app uses AR to take kids or kids at heart into three locations at the
As always, eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at most Simon properties. Families can save time and avoid the line with 'Santa by Appointment,' by making reservations online at http://simonsanta.com. Select Simon malls will have a 'Fast Pass' option available whereby, for a nominal fee, families reserve a two-hour 'window' for their big date with Santa.
The 'I Saw Santa' program provides children with an easy opportunity to relive their special photo experience. Children will get special stickers to commemorate their visit with Santa and will be recognized by staff and fellow shoppers as they travel about the mall with their parents!
At select Simon properties, families can share a snack or a story with Santa through the popular Breakfast with Santa, Story Time with Santa, and Cookies with Santa programs.
And speaking of cookies, there is something new this holiday season. On
The nationally-recognized 'Caring Santa' program, offered in alliance with Autism Speaks, returns to provide children with special needs and their families an opportunity to enjoy this time-honored holiday tradition through a sensory-friendly experience. 'Caring Santa' has become incredibly popular, growing from seven events in 2011 to an all-time high of 145 events this year, reflecting the positive impact of this unique program.
Our four-legged friends won't be forgotten this year either as the popular 'Pet Photo Night' with Santa returns. There will be 98 Pet Photo Night events this year. Allergy sufferers shouldn't fret, however, as Pet Photo nights are hosted after the mall's normal operating hours and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential allergen risks.
"Our on-mall Santa experiences have evolved into a great mix of honoring timeless holiday traditions and bringing the best in innovation to our customers," said
The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by GYMBOREE GROUP. The GYMBOREE GROUP is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree,
The 2017 Simon Santa Photo Experience is also sponsored by
Guests to every Simon Photo Experience will have another opportunity to share Santa's heart by making a donation via The Cherry Hill Programs to
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