Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:05 AM 25th November 2020

Ho! Ho! Ho! - Santa Claus To Zoom Into Your Living Room

Santa Claus runs the world’s biggest manufacturing and delivery company from his workshops in the North Pole, with the help of his longstanding staff of over 600,000 elves and 10,000 reindeer.

As we prepare for what sadly might be a mainly digital Christmas this year, Santa at Home will give children of all ages, from all over the world, the unique opportunity to meet Santa in a personalised and private Zoom session live from the North Pole. It is an unique opportunity to bring the magic of Santa’s Grotto to a safe, socially distanced and wonderful online experience.

Up to 6 children can meet Santa in any one session and unlimited family members can also join a session to watch their children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces or nephews meet Santa LIVE from the North Pole.

Thanks to Santa’s unique magical powers (and a bit of elbow grease from his elves and the “big children”), Santa will know each and every child on the call by name and will also have inside information on them to ensure the experience is completely personalised to the children that he meets. And with the consent of the ‘big children’, they will even record the session and send a video file as a very special Santa present to cherish forever.

Santa at Home is a magical opportunity for family and friends, grandchildren and grandparents, and cousins and aunts to come together in a shared and special moment online, allowing everyone to cast aside worries of the last year and to enjoy a moment of pure festive joy with Mr Claus himself.

I tried the experience myself and was very impressed - with the service being personalised it will surely light up the eyes of young and old over the next few weeks.

Santa at Home is proud to be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and The Brain Tumour Charity this Christmas. All customers will be given the option at checkout to make a donation, with all proceeds being split equally between the two charities, supporting their invaluable work.

To develop his Zoom presence in preparation for this special experience aimed at children and their loved ones, Santa has been working with Gill Robertson, Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland-based producers of work for children and young people.

Key Facts:
Fully private and personalised sessions for Santa at Home are now available to pre-book at with slots available from Monday 23 November until 24 December.
Sessions start at £42 for up to 6 children from multiple households (equivalent to £7 per child)
Unlimited invited grown-ups
Free recording of the session will be shared with participants (adult consent required)
Each bespoke Santa at Home session will last up to 12 minutes and is a unique and personalised experience for children, parents, friends and extended family alike. Big children will be expected to help Mr Claus and his Elves in gathering vital information.

Mr Santa Claus said:
“I’ve been elf-isolating for hundreds of years and absolutely nothing is going to stop me from zooming down your chimney on Christmas Eve - I am a key worker after all! I’m also really excited to be able to meet all you wonderful children via the tippedy-tap computers, tablets and other gadgets this year. My new online grotto will allow me to meet up to six children at any one time and all the people you most care about can join in the magic as well.”

Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, Directors of Underbelly said:
“Christmas is all about family and we wanted to make it possible for families to gather together to share in a special festive moment. With so many of us experiencing difficult times and maybe facing a lonelier Christmas this year, we are very pleased and honoured to partner with Santa Claus to offer Santa at Home Official to families and friends all over the world.

“We are also delighted to be supporting two amazing charities on this special project, GOSH Charity and The Brain Tumour Charity, both of which are very close to our Underbelly hearts. Their life-changing work is incredibly important, and we hope that our Santa at Home visitors will be able to help support them as much as possible."