Imagine entering Santa’s workshop with beloved Christmas music filling the air and the glow of twinkle lights illuminating the room filled with toys, tools, treats, Christmas trees and Santa himself. The Magical Santa Experience truly unique and creates memories that will last a lifetime.
This article is sponsored by Pixels by Emily in Mahomet. It’s further than the area we usually talk about, but we thought this experience was so unique that it’s worth the drive.
Pixels by Emily creates an authentic Magical Santa Experience for children unlike anything you have ever seen. It combines a fully interactive experience with Santa himself for 45 minutes and iconic Norman Rockwell style Christmas portraits. The sets are impressive and filled with authentic props to tell Santa’s story for this magical event.
The crown jewel in their collection is a complete set of Santa’s Reindeer Calling Sleigh Bells. Santa will share the bells and their history with every child, and it just may be the start of a new tradition for your family.
After he tells the story, Santa will pull from his magic sack a special gift for each child and give them instructions how to use it every Christmas Eve to help his reindeer find their house. We love that Santa introduces a new tradition your kids can cherish each year and that Pixels is there to capture it forever.
Your child(ren)’s session will be uninterrupted and all about their time with Santa. During their 45-minute session, they will experience the magic of all the following:
- Authentic Golden Ticket invitation mailed to your child(ren) ahead of the session
- Milk and Cookies with Santa
- Telling Santa their wish list
- Storytime with Santa
- Finding their name on the Nice List
- Tales of the North Pole and story of the Reindeer Calling Bells
- Wish list transport to the elves at the North Pole using Santa’s Magic Box
- Wooden toy painting with “magic” paint
- Searching the globe with Santa to find home
- Vintage small bottle Coca Cola in the toy shop scene
- Santa’s call to the elves
- Gift from Santa
Following the session, you will come into the Pixels studio for a reveal and ordering appointment where you can select as many images as you’d like of your child(ren)’s time with Santa. Your chosen images will then be retouched with a Rockwell-style nostalgic feel and turned into Heirloom Christmas Art. You can even choose to purchase a custom Storybook Album to remember to remember this unforgettable visit with Santa.
Magical Santa Experience Dates
When you book your session for the Magical Santa Experience the remaining available dates and times will populate, but here are all the options for the 2023 experience:
- September 15-17 and 24
- October 7-9, 20-22
- November 10-12
Pricing and How to Book
Booking a session costs $495 ($195 for the session fee and a $300 deposit towards product purchase). The sitting fee includes up to three immediate siblings and additional children can be added for $50 per child. Sessions are for immediate siblings only. If cousins or besties would like a session together, each family must purchase a session and select back-to-back time slots. Click here for more information and product pricing.
All packages and products can be purchased before the session for a 10% discount or at the session reveal for full price.
Magical Santa Experience
Pixels by Emily
704 E Franklin Street
Mahomet, IL 61853
Other Things to Do in the Area
You can pair this experience with local favorites, like Rader Family Farms for fall family fun with games, jumping pillow, tractor rides and more. Curtis Orchard has apple picking and a pumpkin patch depending on what Magical Santa Experience date you choose.
The Magical Santa Experience also lines up with Illini football games, which are September 16, October 6 and 21, and November 11.