Meeting Santa Claus will be a bit more difficult this year due to pandemic restrictions, which is why the big man himself is taking his operation online. Several Santa experiences are coming to Airbnb’s Online Experiences, giving kids the opportunity to interact with Santa from a safe, virtual distance.
Guests will be able to enjoy Santa experiences all around the world, from Finland to Los Angeles. Airbnb is partnering with Santa Visits USA to offer a variety of unique, interactive Christmas experiences online.
There’s a Virtual Visit and Story Time with Santa, where guests can see Santa’s Workshop, chat with Santa, read Christmas stories, and learn the ins and outs of life at the North Pole. Sign Language Santa is designed for those with hearing impairments, allowing guests to meet Santa and play vocabulary games using sign language. For those who want an international experience, Meet Santa Claus in Lapland lets you visit Santa on his home turf of Lapland, Finland, where you’ll learn about Santa’s workshop, his elves, and all the letters Santa receives.
The Fraternal Order of Real-Bearded Santas — yes, it’s a real thing — released a report saying that a third of their members surveyed will not be participating in in-person visit this year due to COVID-19. That means Santas are in tough economic straits, so partaking in an online experience is a great way to show your support for Santas around the world.