Today we got the opportunity to explore the all new Santaland at Metropolis at Metrotown. Every year, Metropolis management starts the extensive planning for the current year in February! A lot of work goes into the creation of Santaland but it is well worth the gruelling 2 weeks of set up because Metropolis has collected over $500,000 in Santa photos for the Burnaby Christmas Bureau! Such an amazing display surely deserves a crowd, so if you are looking to visit Santa this year, I suggest going early, approximately 76,000 people visit Santa every year!
When we first approached the Grand Court, the display was phenomenal with all the twinkling lights and timeless Christmas feel. It can be seen from all of the levels as this amazing display is from floor to ceiling! It takes an impressive 70 strings of lights, each 70ft in length to create the curtain against the elevator! It was pretty straight forward to navigate to the lineup. There were friendly young men from Telus in cute little Santa hats with iPads who were more than happy to show you how to use the touch screen registration device. They also give you an option to wait in line or provide your name and cell phone number so you can receive a text message when its time for your photo! I thought this was a really neat idea as I have 2 young children who do not appreciate standing in one spot for very long. I decided to check out the line up because a few things caught my eye. iPads with fun little Christmas inspired games with a larger screen that displays the game on the iPad for others to watch were there to sooth the grumpy or impatient children that might grace the line up.
I received my complementary text message from the Telus elves and headed toward a special area for my turn to sit on Jolly Saint Nicks lap! The waiting area was nicely surrounded by a festive fence so that little children don’t wander off. I could not stop taking pictures of this stunning Santa display. Every angle offered a new intriguing view of detail. My children and I approached Mr. Claus, he was visually authentic and extremely friendly and warm with the kids. Photos are by donation which is a minimum $2 per photo. I love how affordable it is for people who don’t want to spend $20+ on packages and to know that 100% of proceeds go to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. After the pictures, the children are invited to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas and he gives them a mini candy cane. The parents are given a santa letter template for the kids to fill out later, a coupon for a complementary 12oz orange julius and a card informing us how to access our Santa photos.
I must say, I was extremely impressed that they email you a link to your Santa photos so you can download them immediately instead of waiting a week and having to go back to a busy mall during Christmas season to pick up your prints. I was shocked at how quickly my email arrived, not even thirty minutes after taking my pictures with Santa, I received the link. The quality of the pictures was impressive and all of the photos turned out beautifully! I will definitely be going back to Santaland in Metropolis at Metrotown again next year!
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