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SantaHQ: A Near Perfect Santa Visits Thousand Oaks

Hi guys!

Thank you for continuing to follow along on my journey through disability.As of yesterday, 1 December, it has been 4 years since I came home from London dreadfully sick and unable to even walk or pack my luggage without assistance which is why my wonderful mum came out to help me pack and get me to the airport and home again.
We've certainly had many setbacks such as this year's unresolved issues with my lungs but I also have many reasons to be joyful and grateful this Christmas season. But it was not until I had a chance to visit Santa Claus at SANTA HQ in Thousand Oaks this week did I get in the spirit of the season. And I have one very sweet Santa to thank for that...

As you adults know, Santa is so busy up north at the workshop that he sends his helpers to greet us common folk at the local malls. And sometimes you will be lucky enough to meet one of Santa's star helpers and this was one of those moments. Santa was beaming with joy and kindness and when he had a lull in the queue, he stood and went to greet a young boy who was passing with his mom in the thoroughfare and got down at his level for a sweet chat.

And after a tour of the updated Santa HQ with manager Wendy I had my chance with friend A to visit Santa's sleigh and was ever so pleased by his striking appearance. He could easily be taken for Santa's twin brother with his perfectly shaped beard and that twinkle in his eye. And he was so generous and sweet with his response when I part jokingly asked for a new set of lungs.


Now this is a Santa you definitely want to introduce your little ones to! And the Santa HQ updates are well made. There is now an option to upload the elf vision app to either IOS or a Google Play platform in advance and use it to explore the triggers at the entrance to the exhibit. No more do you have to wait for a tablet to explore the elf vision triggers in and around the exhibit and particularly in the redone observatory.

Also, instead of an elf video you can now take a selfie in the Magic Mirror. The mechanics seem to have been perfected so the time it takes to make the selfie is shorter. The camera is still awkward in that you have to find a good positioning to center your face properly. But it is fun to also move certain body parts such as your arm and have that captured in the selfie. You get 3 each and they are emailed or texted to any email or phone number you use.

All in all, I highly recommend a visit to see Santa at the Thousand Oaks Mall where he is brightening spirits thanks to HGTV and The Oaks. And I am pleased to announce that The Oaks Mall has made it easy for the disabled to access the exhibit with wide aisles and space to move around in.

Santa's Visiting Dates: 
November 10 – December 24

Santa HQ will be open 7 days a week.  

For more information on Santa’s operating hours please visit


The Oaks, Center Court near JCPenney
350 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Special Dates:

  • Santa Paws, Pet nights with Santa:  December 5 & 12 5pm to 8pm
  • Meet Jack & Strawberry (Santa's Favorite Elves): December 8 from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Holiday PJ Days:  December 6
  • Ugly Sweater Day:  December 13
Giving Back:
Shoppers also are invited to bring an unwrapped toy and participate in Help Through Holiday Giving. The Oaks hopes to gather over 1,000 toys to be donated to Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County.

Photo Special:
Early bird photo packages are available starting at $39.99 and as an added bonus guests who pre-purchase a photo package can make a reservation with the Big Man at


  1. This is great! It looks like you guys had alot of fun! Xx

  2. It certainly does look and sound fantastic. My kids would love this so much!

  3. This sounds like a fabulous grotto visit. I'm so glad you had a good time x

  4. I sure do wish you the best of health! Looks like an awesome time! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  5. Definitely looks like you enjoyed your self. I love the pictures that you took.

  6. That was an amazing experience, it's great that you enjoyed as an adult. My kid will enjoy that too.

  7. This is so fun! I'm already a mom but I would be thrilled to meet Santa as well, haha! :)

  8. Such a fun and great experience you had. Everyone loves Santa specially the kids. They will enjoy this for sure.

  9. Oh wow, This looks so fun. My kids would enjoy this so much. You seems to be really happy with your experience.

  10. So cool. That Santa looks perfect. I love Santa and, it´s so cool that my son still believes in him.

  11. Wow, great post and it seems that holiday season are spreading all around us. This is the best time of the year for me.

  12. I don't Christmas stuff but it's always nice to see people, like yourself, having fun and enjoying the season.

  13. Visits with Santa are always a highlight for my kids this time of the year. This looks like it would be so great of a place for this.

  14. Wow this is great. Santa brings so much magic!

  15. I used to love visiting Santa as a kid! looks like you guys had so much fun!

  16. Visiting Santa is so much fun! I love how this one is easily accessible. Everyone should be able to enjoy the joy of Santa.

  17. It sounds like you had a lot of fun! More power to you for standing up to the unresolved issues.

  18. Hahahah, I love your childish spirit!

  19. This looks like so much fun! I remember going on something called The Santa Train when I was younger, and this reminds me of that!

  20. It's good that you enjoyed! Things will better, inspite of your struggles you chose to be happy. I admire your strength.

  21. Despite anything else i admire you. Yes Santa Claus is really famous. I would love to see him.

  22. wishing you continues good health! glad to see you getting better! enjoy ...


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