http://www.kittyandsanta.com Elves Caroline Bankey and Jamie Lee keep us smiling while transforming tears and fears one photo at a time. Discovering joy with each other brings out the best in each of us…celebrate Life everyday. Your presence is our present…Merry Christmas! Joy to the World!
http://www.kittyandsanta.com Elf Kara receives help from Rudolph (the red-nosed reindeer) and Frosty (the snowman) transforming tears and fears into smiles for photos with Kitty and Santa at the Bass Pro Shop in Tallahassee, Florida.
Bass Pro Shop Gives Back to Community
http://www.kittyandsanta.com The Florida Autism Center reached out to Bass Pro Shops Tallahassee, Fl. to bring Kitty and Santa Claus to share the Christmas Joy for their special needs students. Accompanyed by the Bass Pro Shop Elves it becomes a magical moment for the community. Elf Jamie Lee “Most of the people I’m close to know that I’m an Elf for Bass Pro Shops, Santa’s Winter Wonderland. Today, I was lucky enough to join Santa and Kitty at the Florida Autism Center. It was such an amazing experience being able to bring joy to the ten or eleven children we visited. I also heard some of the children there have never seen or taken a photo with Santa. There was a familiar face at the center who visited us at the store. He said that he remembered me. Which melted my heart. (He said he liked me, haha.) But after leaving there, I never realized how lucky I actually am. Some of the children couldn’t speak or control their actions. Most the time I take all of those normal functions for granted. I take a lot of things for granted. But I’m definitely thankful for everything. Especially the people in my life. Being able to spend the holidays with my family, friends, boyfriend and his family is the best gift of all. I love them all dearly, too. I’m also grateful that I had the chance to spend the past two months with Santa and Kitty as well. They both have such warm and loving heart. Once Christmas is over, I’ll be sad when they return home. But earlier this morning was such a treat and I’m sooo very happy I had the opportunity to make those kids happy. Such a fantastic way to start off the day.” Kitty and Santa know inside every s(elf) is an Elf…your presence is our present.
Florida Autism Center commented on FaceBook , ” Santa just visited FAC Tally and it was the most beautiful and special thing. Ever. Some of our kids had never had the opportunity to see Santa before. Watch for photos, and maybe a video or two in the coming days. We can’t thank Bass Pro Shops – Tallahassee, FL enough for this amazing experience for our kids. We also can’t thank our own Miss Erin enough, who set this up for our kids.
Crawford FamilyCrawford , shared this blessing with us and made this comment, “So today we took Halli to bass pro shop and got her first pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause as we told Santa her story he had tears in his eyes i have never seen Santa cry they told me my present was her and that she is truly loved! Here are some taken with my phone!
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland – a Christmas Classic – is returning for its sixth year to 57 Bass Pro Shops stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Santa will arrive at some locations in a Tracker® boat pulled by a Toyota Tundra truck on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. for a special preview celebration. The rest of the Christmas season families are invited to create new traditions and lasting memories at Bass Pro Shops through free pictures with Santa, crafts for kids and games and activities to celebrate the season.
“The evening Santa arrives will be a special celebration featuring Christmas carols in front of the store. On Nov. 9, 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 such as nutcrackers and reindeer as well as 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.
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 hand-made crafts to take home. Holiday crafts for kids will include making holiday ornaments, a stuffed Christmas owl and Santa, a candy cane reindeer, 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.
“My favorite part is that it puts a smile on my daughter’s face,” said Mark of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after visiting the Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shops in Fort Lauderdale. “It really allows her to experience what Christmas is all about.”
Anna, a customer at the store in Orlando, Fla., said “The fact that the whole experience is for free –the coloring, the games, all of this—all the expenditures that they do and don’t expect anything in return is just amazing.”
Christy, also from Orlando said “Getting the picture for free is amazing—I don’t know of anybody else that’s doing that.”
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.
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Santa’s workshop is the workshop where Santa Claus is said to make the toys and presents given out at Christmas. In Santa Claus mythology, the “workshop” is a sprawling commune located at the North Pole or in Lapland. In addition to housing the factory where toys are either manufactured or distributed by the elves, the complex also houses the residence of Santa Claus, his wife, companions and all of the reindeer.
In 1879, Thomas Nast revealed to the world in a series of drawings that Santa’s workshop is at the North Pole (specifically the North Magnetic Pole, due to the aurora borealis being centered around it and the fact that the workshop was on land, properties that at the time described the magnetic pole [which was under the Canadian Arctic Archipelago at the time; the magnetic pole has since drifted off to sea] but not the geographic one). The Canada Post postal code for the workshop is H0H 0H0; the code was issued in 1994. The United States Postal Service recommends mail to Santa’s workshop be sent to North Pole, Alaska, ZIP code 99705.
Each Nordic country also claims Santa’s workshop to be located on their territories. Norway claims he lives in Drøbak. In Denmark, he is said to live in Greenland (near Uummannaq). In Sweden, the town ofMora has a theme park named “Tomteland”. The national postal terminal in Tomteboda in Stockholm receives children’s letters for Santa. In Finland, Korvatunturi has long been known as Santa’s home, and two theme parks, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are located at the Arctic Circle in the municipality of Rovaniemi.