Fun Family Christmas Traditions – Santa Pictures and Sleigh Ride

This has been a rough year for our family, especially the last 4 months. Since my fall down the stairs 4 months ago, I feel like I’ve not been as present for my family. Creating and maintaining fun family Christmas traditions is particularly this year.

Fun Family Christmas Traditions

Fun family Christmas traditions. Pictures with Santa at Water Tower Place in Chicago.
Water Tower Place is all lit up for the holidays!

Recently, my family and I were invited to Water Tower Place in Chicago for pictures with Santa and a Virtual Sleigh Ride with Portable North Pole (PNP). We were so excited to get a family photo with Santa and, perhaps start a new tradition of a virtual sleigh ride.

Fun family Christmas traditions. Pictures with Santa at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

We were all super excited to experience this interactive sleigh ride at Water Tower Place in Chicago, which is appearing for the first time ever in the U.S. and exclusively in Chicago. Visitors hop aboard Santa’s sleigh and take a ride from the North Pole all the way to Chicago!

Virtual Santa Sleigh Ride

Take a look at our sleigh ride below! Just click on the photo and it will take you to the video.

Santa's sleigh ride at Water Tower Place Chicago

We have not had a photo taken with Santa now in a couple of years, so it was really fun to have this opportunity. Megan is now a Sophomore in high school, and I want to make the most of our opportunities that include her. From the video, it seemed like she really enjoyed the ride!

This interactive Santa sleigh ride and video are exclusive to Chicago and making its debut in the U.S. at Water Tower Place in Chicago until December 24, 2018. Make your reservations for a sleigh ride and photos with Santa here.

There are two photo packages to choose from:

  • Standard Package: $39.99
    Includes (1) 5×7, (1) 4×6, 4 wallets, digital downloads, and the sleigh ride video.
  • Premium Package: $49.99
    Includes (3) 5×7, (3) 4×6, (4) wallets, digital downloads, and a free tailor-made video with (11) customized videos to choose from where Santa will mention children by name and more!

While you are at Water Tower Place, make sure you check out the 7 floors of amazing stores and restaurants. Our kids loved the Squishable store. Christmas ideas? 😉

Fun family Christmas traditions. Visiting the Squishy store at @Watertowerplace

Anna asks for a “live” bunny every Christmas and birthday, so of course, her squishies of choice were two bunnies. Megan is a huge sushi fan, as am I, so she chose a sushi roll. Not sure about the eggplant. LOL Ethan loves his tacos!

Water Tower Place can get quite busy this time of year, so make sure you plan ahead and arrive early. For your convenience, there is an underground parking garage available at Water Tower Place.  

Our family photos and virtual sleigh ride were provided by Water Tower Place. All opinions are 100% my own.

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About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. A big and jolly Merry Christmas all the way from Sweden. I hope you have a blessed day without so many hours online!

  2. That is the only thing I do not love about the summer – way too long wait until Christmas 😉
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