Children visit with Santa virtually during the pandemic

Posted at 4:06 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 22:14:12-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some children are visiting with Santa virtually during the pandemic.

"We’re just playing it safe, and I want to congratulate the kids, they’re doing so well in playing it safe this year during this pandemic, and everything is going well," Santa Claus said.

Through Santa Live! kids get to tell him their wish list.

"Things are going very well here at the North Pole, and the elves are getting all the toys ready for the kids, and I’ll be making my deliveries right on time," said Santa.

The North Pole partnered with local company Matt Davenport Productions to make virtual visits possible.

"My children actually already had their visit with Santa, and it’s a really intimate magical moment, it’s really different than going to the mall," Vanessa Wohlers said. "You sit on Santa’s lap for two seconds you get that picture, you maybe get to mention one or two things you want and then you’re off."

Wohlers and Laurin Floyd said it costs around $50, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit, Pay Away The Layaway.

"They actually go into stores like K-Mart and Macy’s, and Walmart, and they pay off layaways for families in need during the holiday season," Wohlers said.

When Santa’s not on Zoom meetings with children, you may see him at the Cool Springs Galleria where he's doing socially distant visits 6 feet away.

"Just keep up the good work kids, stay safe, and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I certainly look forward to visiting with you online, and I know you’re going to have a wonderful Christmas this year, so keep on being good ho ho ho. Merry Christmas to all of you," Santa Claus said.

Virtual meetings with Santa are 8 to 10 minutes, and parents can pick a designated time slot. Sign up here.