Friday, December 18, 2015

Santa's Wonderland {2015}

We took a little visit to Santa's Wonderland this year since we left our old Santa hangout behind in Charlotte.  I was really sad to leave the Santa we had seen every year since Evan's first year and was afraid it would be difficult to explain the different Santa to Evan.  I think he is just smart enough to know that all of these Santas aren't the "real" ones although he may still believe that Charlotte Santa is the real deal.  He was just that good!  In all truthfulness, I am perfectly okay whenever Evan is ready to discuss the fact that Santa may not be "real."  He knows the real reason for Christmas so I don't think it will ruin anything for him.  Santa is just for fun! If he is like I was as a child, he will just continue to play along as long as possible because he enjoys it.  When the time comes, I have this pin on Pinterest to help me explain why we pretended to be Santa for him.

The Cary, NC Bass Pro Shop is actually quite the popular Santa destination around here, and I had actually seen several Facebook friends from different parts of the state post about going there.  I decided to try it on a weeknight hoping it would not be too busy.  We were in luck!  There was absolutely no line, and they got lots of one on one time with Santa and his Mrs.  Santa even joined us at the coloring table for a chat and to see the boys' work.  The decorations and fun activities were all excellent, and the price of the photos was reasonable too.  I think this may be our new Santa destination.  We have actually been lucky to see Santa a few times this year, but this was definitely a great experience.

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I forgot our camera on this adventure so please excuse the poor quality cell phone pictures.  Sigh.

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After Mattox threw a fit about sitting on Santa's lap, we all got in the picture.  Santa and Mrs. Clause even graciously gave us their seats. 

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Yes, Mr. Mattox, you absolutely must sit on Santa's lap at least once your first Christmas.  It is a rite of passage so get over it.  He has a serious case of stranger anxiety!

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The boys loved all the festive decorations at the big Bass Pro.

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And Evan loved this new ATV and wondered if it was too late to add it to his Christmas list.  Haha! 

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Mattox even found one his size. 

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Oh man, he just looks so big sitting on this little four wheeler. 

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Evan's favorite part was this shooting gallery.  He is a natural born sniper.

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Shooting a crossbow at the duck targets.

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Brody loved the fake snow scenes.

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Coloring pictures for Santa and writing him letters.

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A little trip to the North Pole.

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Brody putting his letter in Santa's mailbox.

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And driving the choo choo train.

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Of course, it isn't a trip to Bass Pro without checking out the huge fish tank.

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Mattox loved watching the big fish. 

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Tap Tap Tap.  Hey, fishy!  {like the crazy girl from Finding Nemo}

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I always love the beautiful nature scenes in these stores.


  1. How much fun!!! I want to go to our local BPS, but I'm not sure when we can fit it in.

  2. Bass Pro Shop really does put on a beautiful winter wonderland. Michael's parents took the kids in November, but they were wearing t-shirts and shorts in the pictures and there is no way I could let those be the official pictures. Does your store have a carousel too? That is always one of our favorite parts.

    I'm glad you got a nice family picture, but the one of Mattox crying is hilarious. All babies need that photo in their archives!

  3. I love that Mr and Mrs Claus gave up their seats for you. Also, it makes me laugh that the Bass Pro Shop is the place to go to visit Santa! I don't think we have them here.


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