When it comes to holiday cheer, your sidekick is all about production value. He’s looking for the most dazzling light displays, most magical meet-and-greet Santa moments. In short, as much pomp and circumstance to match the season as he can find. Turn those larger than life dreams into reality at one of these 12 magical spots that really do it up during the season. Scroll through to find out what the cheer’s all about.

North Pole Experience—Flagstaff, AZ

Take your little elf on a journey to the North Pole at the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff. This IRL experience is up and running on Nov. 17 and will keep the Christmas spirit alive until Dec. 28th. During the month-plus run, families will take a trolley ride to Santa’s workshop, going through a lighted Ponderosa pine forest first, and arriving at the workshop just in time to help Santa and his elves make toys. Then it’s off to tour Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, attend Elf University and eat freshly baked cookies made by Mrs. Claus herself.

Put the bow on your package at a breakfast with the big Man in Red the next morning when you book an all-inclusive NPX package at the Little America Hotel.

Insider tip: Come for the holiday cheer, but stay for the extra winter amenities Flagstaff has to offer, like skiing, and exploring the Grand Canyon.

Find out more: northpoleexperience.com

photo: North Pole Experience


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—Allison Sutcliffe, Gabby Cullen & Ayren Jackson-Cannady


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