“The evening Santa arrives will be a special celebration featuring Christmas carols in front of the store. On Nov. 15, we’ll also be treating customers to free cookies and McSteven’s hot chocolate,” said Katie Mitchell, Bass Pro Shops communications manager. “Plus in participating stores, kids will be invited to help Santa, through a little magic, to light up the outside of the store and a big Christmas tree in the main entrance. Kids can then follow Santa into the store for the unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland.
Santa’s Wonderland will dazzle visitors with its variety of animated Christmas characters in addition to nutcrackers, reindeer, and live Christmas elves. The Christmas village offers an old-time model train area, remote control trucks, a laser arcade, and slot car racing**. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free.
Special Nov. 15 free preview night activities include:
• 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to one lucky winner every half hour.
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Families can take home a 4x6 free photo with Santa.
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Kids can color a gingerbread man Christmas bag and the first 125 kids will receive a free woodland character backpack clip.
The highlight of Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland is the big guy himself. Those visiting Santa Claus will receive a free 4 x 6 studio-quality photo that will be cherished for years to come. Every store will also have an animatronics talking caribou that can interact with the crowd. In addition, Bass Pro Shops is offering free Christmas decorations and handmade crafts to take home. Holiday crafts for kids will include making holiday ornaments such as a stuffed reindeer, a plaster gingerbread ornament, a Santa bobber, and even decorating Christmas cookies on Dec. 24 from 3 p.m. to 5.pm. at most locations.
Free photo with Santa
• Weekdays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
• Weekdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Weekends, noon to 5 p.m.
Free games and activities
• Every day, open to close during regular store hours.
Visitors look forward to Santa’s Wonderland as a way to bring families together in the spirit of the Christmas season.
“Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland was a pleasant surprise when we stopped in to shop,” said Barry from Benton, Arkansas. “The activities were a blast for my daughter, and we loved getting pictures with Santa. It’s a great way to get our Christmas started!”
Todd, a customer from Richmond, Virginia said, “Each year we’ve gone to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops they’ve added, changed, or just made it different for my three children. The number one reason my kids want to go is Santa - probably the best Santa in Richmond. Probably the best Santa my wife and I’ve seen in years!”
Bass Pro Shops has thought of every detail to make this Christmas experience memorable with a no-wait Bass Pass to see Santa. This allows parents to set appointments to see jolly old St. Nick so they can shop or enjoy the activities at Santa’s Wonderland instead of waiting in line. Photo packages and Christmas cards will also be available for purchase with instant print in the store.
For more information about Bass Pro Shops Classic Christmas traditions at Santa's Wonderland, visit http://www.basspro.com/santa and click on your local store for a complete schedule of Santa's Wonderland activities.