all photos Courtesy of the ACE Agency

Santa Claus is coming to town! Once again, HGTV is bringing Santa HQ to the Deptford Mall, which means plenty of interactive fun for your mini believers.

Kick off the season with Santa’s Spectacular Holiday Celebration on November 10 from 10 am-noon for a mall-wide holiday parade starring Santa and Mrs. Claus. There’ll be live music, face painting, activities in Santa’s Workshop and more, including the official opening of Santa HQ.

Inside Santa HQ you’ll find Elf Academy, which visitors can view using augmented reality (open daily, times vary). Then step up to the Magic Mirror and turn into one of Santa’s elves. Change your outfit, customize an Elf Academy ID card, test out the Naughty O’Nice meter and use ELF-RAY Vision to check out Santa’s Observatory.

In addition to live music and giveaways, snap a photo with Kris Kringle and his magic sleigh, plus visit Santa’s trusty elves, Jack and Strawberry. You can even bring your furry friends for pet photos with Santa on November 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Reservations are available. Packages start at $39.99. Be sure to bring unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots.

Santa HQ

November 7-December 1 from 10 am-9 pm (Mon.-Sat.), 11 am-6 pm (Sun.)
December 2-9 from 10 am-9 pm (Mon.-Sat.), 11 am-7 pm (Sun.)
December 10-23 from 9 am-9 pm (Mon.-Sun.)
December 24 from 9 am-6 pm