Last weekend I attended a shrek-tastic kick off to the holiday season: a Brunch in the Swap with Shrek and Friends at the Dreamworks DreamPlace Adventure to Santa in Fashion Show Mall.
Back for its second year after a highly successful and sold-out first year at Fashion Show, Adventure to Santa elevates the traditional holiday visit by blending the latest technology with captivating stories while Shrek and his friends guide family members of all ages on an unforgettable adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa.
New features this year include two new app games, Sleigh Flight School and Gingy’s Cookie Maker, and three additional exterior skins: the Painted Lady, Candy Cottage and Enchanted Log Cabin. At the top of the hour, the cottage will perform a newly designed light show that cues a different exterior skin for each hour.
The brunch was a fantastic way to kick off the holidays. Moss covered stumps adorned the “Green Carpet” while a layer of fog gently floated across the floor.
There was a Gingerbread Cookie making station, facepainting, a delicious buffet style brunch, a custom barista station and of course Shrek and friends!
After the festivities kids (off all ages) could get down to the real business- seeing Santa!
These special kick off festivities won’t be there everyday but the fun continues with the Adventure to Santa experience.
Upon entering the house you discover Santa has returned to the North Pole so you must make a journey to see him.
To begin the adventure each childmust attend “flight Training School”- a fun interactive app game then the entire group boards the sleigh for an immersive, eye-popping digital journey with Shrek and his friends as they guide children and their families to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus.
Once you have arrived at the North Pole the group enters another room where there are more digital tablets packed full of fun holiday games to play while you await a turn to see Santa and get a photo with him!
After you chat with Santa about everything on your list (I may or may not have whispered the words Alexander McQueen in his ear) you exit into a fantabulous gift shop area packed full of goodies from the Shrek the Halls Christmas Special (that would make perfect stocking stuffers) and you pick up your keepsake Santa photo!
The 15-minute adventure is must-do for the entire family and does not require waiting in line! Before visiting Adventure to Santa, families can make appointments on on the Fashion Show’s website where you can also have your child write a letter to Santa so that Santa will magically know what they would like to find under their tree and this list can be later be shared with family and friends to help in Holiday Shopping!
Adventure to Santa Hours:
November 5 – December 12
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY
December 13 – 20
Everyday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
December 21 – 23
Everyday: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fashion Show has EVEN MORE to offer this season! A brand new Holiday Spectacular digital experience that takes revelers on an eye-popping journey, complete with 3D animation, an original musical score and best of all, snow in Las Vegas. The festive show debuts November 23 on Fashion Show’s newly redeveloped Plaza facing Las Vegas Boulevard, and will run every hour on the hour through January 1, 2016.
“Fashion Show is the largest retail destination on the Las Vegas Strip. We have long been known for being at the forefront of entertainment focused around our unique runway and stagebox that has hosted thousands of fashion shows and special events,” said Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager, Fashion Show. “That coupled with our partnership with DreamWorks Animation through Adventure to Santa ensures guests will continue to enjoy high quality, free entertainment – both inside and out.”