Westchester's Ridge Hill is once again teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to take families on an Adventure to Santa with the help of Shrek and his pals. My family and I visited when the experience debuted in Yonkers last year, and we're delighted it's returning for the 2015 holiday season.
Prior to DreamWorks' interactive experience, I had never taken my kids to see Santa. It's not that my family doesn't enjoy Christmas. We love looking at decked-out houses and decorating our own tree—all that good stuff. It just so happens that my kids have never been keen on characters; from Elmo to Mickey, they turn away from all of them, and whenever we pass Santa in the mall or an event, they never want to meet him.
However, when I heard about this unique holiday experience, I had to check it out. I figured even my character-shunning kids might enjoy going on an immersive journey to find Santa, with Shrek and friends leading the way. And, since everybody hates lines, I was thrilled to hear that, unlike Macy's Santaland and other Kris Kringle spots, you can book your North Pole Adventure time slot in advance online to cut down on wait times!
My kids really enjoyed the experience, and we have some important tips to know before you go, especially if you're making the trip from NYC or upstate.