‘Santa’s Flight Academy’ Returns Exclusively to Fair Oaks Mall this Holiday Season

Posted Nov 17th, 2017


Larger-than-life reimagination of the North Pole features state-of-the-art technology that transforms each child into a ‘Cadet’ and delivers a sneak peak of ‘Ferdinand’ in theaters Dec. 15.



FAIRFAX, VA, Nov. 07, 2017 – To capture the magic and childlike wonder of the holiday season, “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience will return to http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/holidays. The holiday experience combines a gigantic reimagination of the North Pole with state-of-the-art technology that enables children to become an important member of Santa’s flight crew.


“It’s incredibly special to see the beloved tradition of visiting Santa come to life through this unique and interactive experience,” said Teresa Truong-Chea marketing and sponsorship director, Fair Oaks Mall. “Santa’s Flight Academy personalizes the journey for every child by placing them front and center as the hero who saves the day.”


As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to ensure Santa’s sleigh is prepared to deliver presents to children around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, the ‘Cadet’ will present their official badge and immediately be recognized by name on digital screens. From there, children will be fitted for a virtual flight suit, navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff. At the end of the adventure, each child will step inside the 22-foot-tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting and receiving a gift from Santa.


As a special treat, the holiday set will showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand in partnership with 20th Century Fox. In theaters Friday, December 15, the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.


Santa’s Flight Academy will be available exclusively at Fair Oaks Mall from Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, December 24. To help expedite the process, visitors are encouraged to create official flight crew badges online via the center’s website, or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Badges can also be created onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.


A variety of photo packages, each including a complimentary Lovepop card, will be available for purchase. Santa’s Express Lane passes, allowing families to reserve a time block and avoid lengthy lines, may be purchased online http://www.santaexpresslane.com/.  For more information, please visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/holidays.


About Fair Oaks Mall

Fair Oaks Mall is one of the region’s largest premier shopping destinations in Fairfax, Va., less than 18 miles from Washington, D.C. With more than 16 million annual shopper visits, Fair Oaks features a collection of 200 shops, services and dining options including Macy’s I and II, Lord & Taylor, Sears and JCPenney. Also featuring Apple, Coach, H&M, MAC, Michael Kors, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Sephora and Williams-Sonoma, plus The Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille, On the Border, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria and Kona Grill. Fair Oaks is located off I-66 and Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy.) with more than 8,000 easily accessed free parking spaces. For more information, call 703-359-8300 or visit www.shopfairoaksmall.com or www.facebook.com/fairoaksmall.


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Teresa Truong-Chea

Marketing and Sponsorship Director

Fair Oaks Mall