HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: A person dressed as Santa Claus attends a press conference for the 90th Anniversary Hollywood Christmas Parade at Hollywood & Highland on November 21, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

Need some extra funds this holiday season? Who doesn’t?! If your kids’ Christmas list is a little long maybe they should be “working” to help cover the cost. And it would be fun work so they won’t even know they should be getting paid. Hint hint. That’s right, your child could get paid to test out toys for Santa himself. That’s definitely a 4-year-olds dream job (and maybe mine?). It’s a part of a program called Santa’s Little Helper by the toy brand My 1st Years.

My 1st Years notes that this time of year parents are researching and shopping to find the absolute best toys for Christmas. But that can be stressful, and how do you know what will be a hit? That’s where Santa’s Little Helper comes in. The brand will choose 3 lucky kids to be Santa’s Helpers and test out the toys so parents know what gifts are a winner and what will be left sitting under the tree.

Parents can enter their children aged 0-6 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. One kid from each age group (0-12 months, 1-2 years and 3-6 years) will receive around $180 worth of Christmas gifts. But telling all your friends your Santa’s helper? Well that’s priceless!

 If your child wants to test toys for Santa here’s how. Applicants can simply submit an entry via the link below, stating why their child would be a great little helper for Santa, and why they deserve this role of a lifetime. The closing date for all applicants is 11:59 pm on Sunday 11th December 2022.

To apply for the Santa’s Little Helper role on behalf of your child, read the terms and conditions and find out more about the requirements of the position, visit: https://www.my1styears.com/blog/santas-little-helpers/

Places to See Santa Around The Charlotte, North Carolina Metro Area

OMG, IT’S SANTA! (Embracing my inner ‘Elf’ impression) If you are looking to see Santa in Charlotte, we have you covered! There are a bunch of places to take your child to meet Santa.

Here are a few opportunities in the Charlotte area for the 2021 Christmas season. Make sure to wear your holiday best and maybe bring some cookies for the big man!

  • Bass Pro Shops

    Located in Concord Mills, which is right outside the university area of Charlotte, North Carolina, you can visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland! From November 7th through December 24th you and your family can enjoy a magical holiday adventure. This is a free event.

  • Cabela’s

    Located at 1000 Cabela Drive in Fort Mill, South Carolina you can visit Santa at his workshop. Enjoy an awesome free Santa experience from November 7th to December 24th, 2021.

  • Santa at Birkdale Village

    Santa will be at Birkdale Village throughout the season spreading holiday cheer and taking photos at their North Pole-inspired cottage near the Fountain for memorable holiday photos. Please make an appointment to ensure your special time with Santa. Walk-ins are only accepted if time permits. You can see more on Santa’s schedule here.

  • Carowinds

    This event is called St. Nick’s Pics and the big man in red will be there to greet you. At Carowinds’ WinterFest, you can take a picture with Santa. Christmas wreaths adorn the windows of Santa’s WinterFest home, along with white lights and a garland-encircled entryway. Visitors can choose from several photo packages, which include decorations. An additional fee is required for this experience. See more about this event here.

  • South Park, Northlake, Carolina Place & Concord Mills Mall

    We are spoiled here in Charlotte. Why? Because we have a mall pretty much at each end of the city. You can head to SouthPark, Northlake, Carolina Place, or Concord Mills Mall to see Santa. Don’t miss out on capturing merry pics with St.Nick! Reservations are encouraged.

  • Blakeney Shopping Center

    Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus at Santa’s House on the Village Green this holiday season! Bring your camera to capture the moment. A $10 donation to the Greater Charlotte SPCA is recommended for the December 3rd event. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of homeless animals through veterinary care, foster care, humane education, and spay/neuter programs. Friday, December 3 // 5:00 to 9:00 pm // Benefiting Greater Charlotte SPCA, Saturday, December 11 // 2:00 to 6:00 pm // Benefiting Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center and Sunday, December 19 // 3:00 to 6:00 pm // Benefiting CMPD Explorers Christmas Project. You can see more photos with Santa here.

  • Charlotte Christmas Village and Light the Knights

    Come to The Christmas Village and Light the Knights for holiday cheer, unique shopping, and authentic European fares like bratwurst, schnitzel, and strudel, along with gluhwein, hot cider, beers, and of course, hot chocolate. there is no additional cost to meet and see Santa. You can see more here.

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