OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — You can already stand in line at malls this year for your chance to take a quick picture with Santa.
However, the Omaha Children's Museum is offering a more personal experience for your children.
“Hello everyone!” Jolly, Santa’s Elf said to the kids. “My name is Jolly the Elf and I'm so excited that you're here! It’s my favorite time of year!”
The museum is hosting a short play “Santa’s Magic” to help kids warm up before taking pictures with Santa.
“The show is really focused on giving and what it means to be in the spirit of Christmas,” Michelle Chartrand, Chief Advancement Office, Omaha Children’s Museum said. “Sometimes when you go to see Santa you're really focused on what do you want for Christmas.”
“Santa is Santa because he gives presents,” Snow Queen told the kids. “What if we try to think of the best gift we've given someone else?”
While they wait kids get to meet an elf and a snow royalty.
“I think getting to meet myself and the Snow Queen before we meet Santa,” Jolly said. “It helps them get used to talking to people who are wearing kind of strange clothes.”
The elf secretly adds the child's names to Santa's list. A hint that makes this visit with Santa a bit more personal.
“Hi, Quinn!” Santa said.
“Santa knows your name Quinn! We're a little shy this morning Santa,” a mother said.
“Nothing like this, this is the best one in town,” Kristin Heilman said. “It’s such a more personal show, by the time they get to him it’s just like he knows their name, he says it to them and they get to sit on his lap.”
- Tuesday – Friday: 9:30, 10:30*, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30-4**
- Saturday: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30-5**
- Sunday: 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30-5**
* No Tuesday performance at this time
** Meet Santa and characters but there is no full-length show