EDISON – The Santa Photo Experience is open through Monday, Dec. 24, in the Nordstrom Wing of Menlo Park Mall.
“There is always a great deal of entertainment and fun at Simon malls during the holiday season, but the Santa Photo Experience is something generations of families count on every year,” said Suzy Lichter, area director of marketing for Menlo Park Mall.
ABC Family is sponsoring the event for the eighth consecutive year and will be promoting its 25 Days of Christmas television programming event, which begins on air Dec. 1, by distributing keepsake programming guides.
Another sense will be engaged this holiday season as Simon is teaming up with ScentSicles® scented ornaments to fragrance Menlo Park Mall’s Santa Photo Experience with the aroma of Douglas Fir to create an authentic Christmas experience.
“ScentSicles capture the true-to-life fragrance of a freshly cut Christmas tree, making it feel like Christmas – just like a visit with Santa does,” said Nick McKay, CEO of EnviroScent, Inc., the company behind ScentSicles. “Our sense of smell is extremely powerful as it links directly to childhood memories.” ScentSicles will be available for sale at the Menlo Park Mall’s Santa Photo Experience location.
Returning again this season is the “Cutest Santa Photo Contest,” designed to find the most adorable kids and pets. The “Cutest Santa Photo Contest” will be hosted on Menlo Park Mall’s Facebook page. To enter, post your favorite kid or pet photo with Santa on the Santa Photo App on Menlo Park Mall’s Facebook page, to be available from early November through mid-December. A copy of the official contest rules will be available on the Santa Photo App or at Guest Services at Menlo Park Mall.
The cutest kid grand-prize winner gets a visit at their home from Santa in a horse-drawn carriage before Christmas Eve, with a sleigh full of prizes including $1,200 in Gymboree clothing, $250 in toys and a $250 Simon Giftcard, as well as an all-inclusive trip for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which includes air transportation and rental car valued at more than $8,300.
Simon Property Group will also award the pet winner a $250 Simon Giftcard as well as an all inclusive trip for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which includes air transportation and rental car valued at more than $6,850. Ten additional all-inclusive trips for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in St. Lucie, Fla., including air transportation and rental car valued at more than $6,600, will be given away to runner-ups in each category.
New this year to the Simon Santa Photo Experience is Pet Photo Night. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as extravagant in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Because some of customers may suffer from pet allergies, Pet Photo Nights are hosted after regular mall closing, and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove dander, etc. Pet Photo Nights at Menlo Park Mall will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. All pets must be leashed or transported in a carrier. The photos may be used for entry into the “Cutest Santa Photo Contest” that customers can enter on Facebook.
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