So every year, we hold our amazing Santa’s Wonderland event at our store. And it is not just our store, but most Bass Pro Shops nationwide! Anyone who has seen it or taken part of it knows how awesome it is. The North Pole literally appears in our store. We have icicles, talking caribou, games, activities and so much more. (Last year’s blog will give you a good indicator of what to expect this year.) Every year we see hundreds if not thousands of happy people and family take part of this event. And every year we see more and more come from the prior years.
The biggest draw is definitely the FREE picture with Santa Claus. Yes, you read that right, FREE PICTURE WITH SANTA!
To my knowledge we are the only major retail company in the world that does this, and we have over at least sixty stores in the company! We are proud and more than happy to be able to give so many people and families this amazing experience and opportunity.
Unfortunately though, we get extremely busy and sometimes cannot accommodate all the visitors to Santa’s Wonderland. Visitors can make the trip to get a free picture only to be informed that they won’t be able to do so that night. Santa Claus does have a curfew after all, and you do not want to see an upset Mrs. Claus! With how much our traffic increases for this, you are going to need a plan. An attack plan (if you will)! That way you will hopefully not be one of the few that cannot be accommodated and stay on Santa’s Nice List instead of becoming a “Grinch”.
Keep up to date:
We will have information on our Store’s Webpage , Facebook and Blog Page. You can also call our store at 602-606-5600 and talk to our Operators to see how busy it is. You know that phrase, better safe than sorry? We will always be happy to take a minute or two to let you know what the likelihood of seeing Santa for the free picture is, before you make the drive to our store (which may be over an hour for many).
Know the Bass Pass:
Our Bass Pass system is a way to reserve a spot in line for a later time to get a picture with Santa. We have Bass Passes for the hour and half hour marks when the picture station in going. (I.E. 6:00 Bass Pass, 6:30 Bass Pass, etc.) Towards the end of the event it always gets busier, and usually one will not get a picture with Santa unless they have a Bass Pass. You can call ahead and see what timeframe the Bass Pass is at, but you cannot reserve one over the phone. Just know that sometimes we will be completely out of Bass Passes for the day by Noon towards to end of the event. You also can come in earlier in the day and get a Bass Pass for a later spot.
So here’s a good strategy: Come in when the store opens, ask for a Bass Pass later that day (say 4:00PM). Spend the day doing other activities, come to the store closer to the timeframe. You will want to be there about an hour before your Bass Pass, that way you can enjoy some of the other activities we have going on. You can also stop by our amazing restraint and enjoy some tasty treats, awesome game meats and a comfy seat to take in all of our saltwater themed splendor!
Watch the Calendar:
Preview Night (the big kick-off) is November 15th and it will go until December 24th! Santa does leave early on Christmas Eve, as after all he has a few stops to make that night!
Our store will have its Holiday Hours going, so you will want to know those.
11/28-Black Friday- 5AM-10PM
11/29 & 11/30- Super Saturday and Super Sunday- 8AM-10PM
12/1 thru 12/23 – 9AM-10PM
12/24- Christmas Eve- 8AM-6PM
12/25- Christmas Day- CLOSED
12/26 thru 12/30- 9AM-9PM
12/31 & 1/1 – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – 9AM-6PM
1/2- Resume Normal Business Hours- 9AM-9PM
The biggest draws for our Santa’s Wonderland are definitely the picture with Santa and also our adorable crafts! The crafts are free but it is while supplies last. These crafts also change periodically, so you might get to make a few different ones if you visit us every couple weeks.
Thanksgiving 11/27: 3pm-5pm
Christmas Eve 12/24: 3pm-5pm
Preview Night 11/15: 5pm-8pm
Sundays 11/16-11/30: Noon-5pm
Sundays 12/7-12/21: 10am-5pm (Including Local Hero Night on 12/14)
Saturdays: 10am-8pm (except Preview Night)
Weekdays 11/17-12/5 (with exceptions): 3pm-8pm
Thanksgiving 11/27: 10am-5pm
Black Friday 11/28: 10am-8pm
Weekdays 12/8-12/23: 10am-8pm
Christmas Eve 12/24: 10am-5pm
Now notice that the hours do get extended after a certain date, but that does not mean you should wait until then. Many people do not think about coming in early during the event when it tends to be slower and are almost guaranteed a photo even without a Bass Pass. Like I said before, the later it gets the busier it gets.
A coworker of mine from a previous job, always comes in early during the event to get the picture taken. He and his wife love it because they don’t feel rushed and are not stressing out like many families who try to make it in at the last minute. They tend to come back a couple times later, but don’t worry about “maybe getting a picture” because it is already taken care of. Also, this family has an ongoing collection of “Crying Baby” pictures with our Santa that are just too cute. I am looking forward to seeing them (and the newest addition!) this year.
Spread the Word:
Many families have been letting others know about our Santa’s Wonderland, and we love it! But go the extra mile and share with them these tips and this blog! They will be forever grateful and appreciative of both informing them of the event and how to rock it!
We hope to see you all there and hope you make note of this plan. We hate possibly disappointing visitors, so take the necessary steps to ensure you won’t be one of them! And remember to call ahead! 602-606-5600.
-Giddy-Up!! (Jingle Horse, Pick up your Feet!)