Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Visit Santa at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America

We may not be past Thanksgiving yet, but Santa Claus is already coming to town!

Santa will arrive at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minneapolis on Thursday, November 7 to kick off the holiday season.

The festivities start in the Rotunda at 5 p.m. A parade led by the Eden Prairie High School marching band and the Minnesota Dance Collective will bring Santa through Nickelodeon Universe to Santa Land in the Atrium, where he will meet families and take photos through 9 p.m.

If you can’t make Thursday, don’t fret — Santa will be at the MOA through Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24).

Below is the official event description for Photos With Santa at Mall of America:

"Ho, Ho, Ho – Santa Claus will be at Mall of America® starting on November 7! Mall of America has the perfect place to pose for photos with Santa and to share your holiday wish list. So pack up the little ones and head on out to Mall of America to share all the joy of the holidays. Visit Santa at your convenience. No appointment necessary! Share your holiday wishes with Santa and purchase great photo packages and other holiday merchandise."

For more information, visit

Update (12/4) - Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America has announced it's happy holiday highlights!:

Dates: November 7 - December 31

Location: Park-wide

Happy Holidays from Nickelodeon Universe. Take a break from the cold and celebrate the season with us with unique events, activations, and more all season longs. Check out the full list of events below.

Holiday Light Shows
South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe
Nightly November 7 – December 31

Monday – Saturday:
Spirit of the Season: 7:30 + 9:30 p.m.
Swingin’ Holidays: 8:30 p.m.

Spirit of the Season: 5 + 7 p.m.
Swingin’ Holidays: 6 p.m.

Yule Log Chute
Near the East Entrance of the Park
November 7 – December 31

The halls have been decked and the stockings have indeed been hung with care, the Yule Log Chute is in full holiday swing at Nickelodeon Universe. Come ride the Log Chute and see Paul and Babe in their Holiday attire. You’ll be ho ho hoing all the way down the flume.

Jingle Bell Rock and Ride
South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe
Friday + Saturday Nights | December 6 – 21 | 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Join our Holiday Elves for a rockin good time, Friday and Saturday nights in December for a swinging Holiday dance party.

Holiday Workshops with Mad Science
Blue Spot
December 14 + 15, 21 + 22 | 1 – 3 p.m.

Guests will get a little help from Santa’s elves as they create a holiday craft with Mad Science. Must have a Nickelodeon Universe all day wristband to participate.

New Year’s Eve Moonlight Circus
Rotunda + South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe
December 31 | 6 p.m. – Midnight

Join our Ringleader for a New Year’s countdown complete with lights, music, party favors + a ball drop! Live entertainment by Xelias Aerial Studio at 6:30, 8:30 + 10:30 p.m., including contortion, juggling, unicycle and aerial fabric, will be performing in the Rotunda, meet and greets with your favorite Nickelodeon Characters, giveaways and more! Plus, countdown to 2020 at 10 p.m. + Midnight in the South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe.

VIP Packages available click here to learn more.

VIP Ticket Includes the following

- Nickelodeon Universe Special Event Wristbands - Wristbands valid one day starting at 4 p.m. December 31, 2019 through March 1, 2020*.
- Food and Non-alcoholic beverages provided by GameWorks.
- Reserve seating at Rotunda aerial arts performances.
- Reserved viewing area for the 10 p.m. or Midnight ball drop from Level 3, South.
- GameWorks 2 hour game card.
- Exclusive 2020 glasses + noise makers.
- Private character meet and greet.

*VIP Check-in starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. Special Event Wristbands valid starting at 4 p.m. December 31 or valid any one day until March 1, 2020.

All service fees are the responsibility of the ticket buyer. Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable. Mall of America is not responsible for any lost or stolen tickets.

Please note that during the holiday season, we have extended our Parental Escort Policy to include New Year's Eve, December 31. The PEP policy will be enforced during mall hours on those dates.

One adult may supervise up to 10 youth. During the Parental Escort hours, anyone 21 years or younger should be prepared to show a Mall of America employee an identification card or photo I.D.s.


Update (11/8) - From KARE:

Santa arrives at Mall of America

Thousands gathered to help welcome Saint Nicholas Thursday evening at the Rotunda.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Tis the season.

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday evening to welcome Santa Claus at the Rotunda at the Mall of America. Santa was joined by the Eden Prairie High School marching band and Minnesota Dance Collaborative.

Santa's introduction began with a parade that went through the north side of Nickelodeon Universe and ended at the Santaland in the Atrium.


From FOX 9:

Santa Claus arrives at Mall of America

Santa Claus will be at the Mall of America through Christmas Eve.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - The Christmas spirit is in full swing at the Mall of America.

Thursday night, Santa Claus arrived at the mall, where he will be making his list and checking it twice this holiday season.

The Mall of America kicked off his arrival with performances from the Eden Prairie High School marching band and a parade through Nickelodeon Universe. Jolly Ol' St. Nick then began meeting with boys and girls to hear their special Christmas wishes.

Santa will be in Santa Land in the North Atrium every day until Christimas Eve. For a full list of Santa's schedule at Mall of America, click here.


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Originally published: Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Original source: FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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