Let’s face it, the kiddos still want the typical Santa experience. And since this isn’t the most typical holiday season, we’re all learning how to adapt.

While waiting in a long, crowded line for a mall Santa likely isn’t gonna happen this year (probably for the best), I’ve put together some simpler ways for your kids to have a quick visit with Kris Kringle.

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Sam’s Club members get a free virtual Santa experience.

If you’re a member just for the Sam’s Club deals, you’ll be happy to know there’s an awesome freebie included this year. Check out My Santa Session to book your child’s virtual Santa experience for free.

While you can only do one virtual visit per membership, all the kiddos can still join in on one call. Keep in mind, these visits are first-come, first-served, so book sooner rather than later!


Do a free virtual tour of Macy’s Santaland.

While Macy’s shopping might look different this year, they’re still giving you all the best of Santa’s Village without having to worry about social distancing.

Their Macy’s Santaland at Home pre-recorded experience includes activities like decorating a tree, building a snowman, and viewing an interactive Santa video at the finale. You can even take a virtual picture with Santa at the very end.

Best of all? It’s totally free!


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Have the kids call Santa online and leave their own message.

The days of writing a personalized letter for Santa might seem old school, but the FreeConferenceCall.com Santa Hotline lets your kids leave their own message for St. Nick.

From there, you get a text message from “Santa” with your child’s recording, which is definitely something you’ll want to share with the family.


Getting too close to Christmas? Use the NORAD Santa Tracker to see where St. Nick is.

Didn’t get a chance for a virtual Santa experience? Once Dec. 24 rolls around, you and the kids can still feel connected by using the NORAD Santa Tracker.

The classic tracker is celebrating 65 years of following Santa around the world, and kids still love checking it out.



Snap a holiday photo with Kringle Mingle.

Kringle Mingle is offering specialized messages and video chats with Santa this year. Unfortunately, those sessions have all sold out.

But, if you’re just looking for a quick experience, they are still doing Kringle Pics for $2.99, where you can upload a photo of your child with specialized animation and backgrounds to print or share on social media.


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Get in the holiday mood with Airbnb Online Experiences.

To help combat the holiday blues this year, the Airbnb Online Experiences platform is showcasing tons of festive events. Some of these video experiences include story time with an award-winning author and a holiday singalong with a Broadway star, costing anywhere from $6 – $50.

There are also plenty of experiences featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus around the world, from Florida to Finland.


Check your local mall for safe Santa visits.

If it’s just not the holidays without seeing Mr. Claus, consider checking out if your local mall is creating a safe, contact-free Santa experience. Many malls are being creative with their safety measures.

For example, the SoNo Connection Mall in Connecticut put a plexiglass snow globe around Santa for safety. Props to them for keeping it festive.


Book a virtual Santa visit with JingleRing.

If you’re looking for a personal virtual Santa visit, JingleRing is a great website to try out. Up to four people can join a single live call, which you book ahead of time starting at $24.95. They also boast multilingual, diverse actors so every kid can have a perfect holiday experience.

There are even additional options like story time with Santa or Mrs. Claus.


Choose your Santa experience with Cameo.

While Cameo is usually for celebrity shout-outs, who’s a bigger celeb than the man in red? A simple search on the website, and you can order a video message from puppet Santas, singing Santas, Mrs. Claus, and classic Santas.

It’ll cost you around $30 – $70 for your Santa Cameo video, depending on who you choose.


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