UPDATED 11/1/16: For most children, their first encounter with Santa Clause is often preceded by a long wait in line at the mall. Despite weeks of build up about how wonderful Santa is, as soon as our little ones are placed in his lap, this happens.
Much to my mother’s dismay, I never bothered to stand in that line or subject my first born to this holiday tradition. She spent her first two Christmas seasons very unaware of all things Santa but by the time she was 2.5, she was most definitely a fan of the jolly old man in the red suit. Still, I wasn’t sold on the idea of her first encounter with the big guy taking place at the mall. So when someone in her playgroup suggested we buy tickets for a Supper with Santa, I thought that sounded like a wonderful alternative.
The Santa Experience
Suppers with Santa is an annual fundraiser for the Earlyworks Children’s Museum run by the Earlyworks Society and takes place in early December. Admission covers both your dinner and tickets to Santa’s Village (another wonderful Huntsville holiday tradition, read our review from last year). Dinner is held in the ballroom at EarlyWorks and consists of pizza, salad, lemonade, and cookies. Nothing fancy but perfect for most picky eaters. Each table is set up for eight people and one extra seat reserved just for Santa. While you and your little ones wait for Santa to come over, his friends and helpers including elves, Mrs. Claus, and Grandma Claus come to visit and keep you entertained.
What is it like you ask? Well, how about you watch this brief video from our visit a few years ago. Obviously, I’m a big fan.
The perfect cap to this fun-filled dinner is a walk across the street to Santa’s Village and even if you’ve been in year’s past, there’s always something new. This is a place where the whole family can enjoy Christmas trees that talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat!
The Hottest Ticket in Town
Ever year tickets for this event go on sale November 1 and every year they sell out QUICKLY. As the saying goes: you snooze, you lose. Don’t lose.
Updated for 2016
What: Suppers with Santa
When: Nov. 28, 29, 30 & Dec. 1 | 5PM and 6:30PM
Where: 404 Madison Street
How much: $15 per person (includes ticket to Santa’s Village)
More Info: www.earlyworks.com
*Thanks to RCM contributor Sarah Lena for sharing her son’s first Santa photo. You’ll be happy to know he has since recovered and in fact is a true “superhero” when it comes to Santa visits now!
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".