The Galleria Mall in Dallas is offering a dual winter experience for all ages to enjoy this holiday season: Santaland and SNOWDAY.
Galleria Dallas has hired an innovative partnership of creators – set design specialists Bayer Brothers Sets and expert photography team Motus – to design and run Santaland and this season’s return of SNOWDAY.
The two teams recently launched a business (cleverly mashing the names of their companies together to form the moniker “BAYMO”) that specializes in curating high-quality interactive and visual experiences.
Santaland and SNOWDAY are two conceptions borne of this collaboration. The pair of attractions combines to create an immersive Christmas experience for holiday-goers, both young and old.
Santaland, at its core, is the classic “take a photo with Santa” tradition – with a few upgrades. The experience begins with a scenic simulated train ride on the Santaland Express, followed by a journey along an enchanted path to Santa’s secret hideaway chalet. The excursion, of course, features plenty of photo ops along the way.
Upon meeting Santa, kids will be delighted to find that he already knows their name and the contents of their Christmas list. (Because he’s magic, of course, not because there’s a place to include that information when purchasing your tickets.) Cue the priceless holiday photo.
For guests who have tickets solely to Santaland, this is where the magic ends. If guests go for the full experience, once they’ve made Santa’s acquaintance and taken the picture to prove it, they can venture through Santa’s secret wardrobe portal, which leads directly (with no waiting in line) to SNOWDAY.
SNOWDAY, now in its third season, is an immersive, holiday-themed photo-op experience. The attraction features a series of more than twenty enchanted rooms and interactive spaces that create an imaginative wonderland of scenery for your viewing (and picture-snapping) pleasure.
Hundreds of surprises, including the elf citizens of Elven Alley, await. Other highlights in the City of Snowday include a maze made up of mirrors and multicolored Christmas lights and a replica of a retro 1970s RV to take photos in (or pretend to drive).
The SNOWDAY experience also includes specific photo-ops throughout the exhibit that take photos for you with professional-quality cameras and lighting. Digital copies of these are also automatically sent to your phone, so you can easily get the perfect family photos in front of extra-special festive backgrounds.
Tickets to Santaland are available until Christmas Eve and sold as family admission, ranging from $36 for their primary (“Snowflake”) package to $75 for “All the Bells (& Whistles).” One ticket is good for a family of up to six people, and additional prints of the photo taken with Santa can be added to any package selection.
Tickets to SNOWDAY are available through January 17. General admission runs from $24 to $32 for adults. Kids thirteen and up are admitted for $12, and kids under four are free. For $65, VIP admission lets you skip the line and includes two photo prints as well as an exclusive goodie bag. You can also add SNOWDAY commemorative prints to any ticket.
Visitors can purchase Santaland or SNOWDAY tickets a la carte or choose to combine the two attractions to magnify the magic (and get 15% off). Tickets can be found here.