By Carlo Klemm
Professional Santa Claus asks for help recovering stolen ‘sleigh’
October 18, 2017
by Jenn Boneza - khon2
Excerpt - Adrian Rumsey, known to many as Santa, is not so jolly today.
Thieves stole his truck, and a special part of the holiday spirit along with it.
Rumsey, a professional shopping mall Santa Claus, says his truck was taken early Tuesday morning.
Rumsey says his neighbor saw his truck parked in the lot at 12:30 a.m., but when Rumsey got up to drink water at 2 a.m., he looked out his window and it was gone.
Rumsey said no one saw or heard anything. He called police, but they told him he’d just have to wait and see.
He’s worked as Jolly Old Saint Nick for the last several years at Windward Mall, Kahala Mall, and the Navy Exchange.
But he’s been decorating his gold 1989 Dodge Dakota for Christmas for more than two decades.
This isn’t the first time a Grinch tried to steal something from him. He caught someone trying to break into his truck just last month, but the person ran off when Rumsey spotted him.
With his truck missing. Rumsey said the holidays won’t be the same.
“I always decorate it right before Thanksgiving,” Rumsey said. “But this year, well, we’ll just have to see. … I’d just like to get the truck back so I can decorate it for Christmas, so people can enjoy it.”
By Carlo Klemm
HGTV’s ‘Santa HQ’ Experience Brings Festive Family Fun to 15 Macerich Malls This Holiday Season
October 9, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HGTV and Macerich today announced that a classic holiday tradition returns with HGTV’s popular Santa HQ experience—an event that has reinvented the traditional Santa Claus visit at malls across America since 2014. HGTV and Macerich mall properties will host this year’s merrymaking at 15 sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Santa HQ will welcome guests seven days a week beginning Thursday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 24 (closed Thanksgiving Day).
Santa HQ connects the HGTV brand with millions of targeted consumers in markets across the country, thrilling guests of all ages with a 21st century immersive journey that features state-of-the-art digital technology. In addition to a custom photo opportunity with Santa Claus inside his modernized sleigh, mall guests can take an Elfie selfie to star in their very own holiday video, use Elf-Ray Vision to explore Santa’s Observatory and find out how they rank on the Naughty or Nice O’Meter. Visitors also will enjoy a synchronized holiday light show featuring over 10,000 individual lights orchestrated to the tune of Carol of the Bells.
While visiting Santa HQ, guests can customize their individual experience by using augmented reality to view Santa’s Workshop and Observatory in a magical way. Visitors are encouraged to download the Elf-Ray Vision app or use a provided tablet to discover the enchanting world of Santa HQ in stunning 2D and 3D digital scenes.
“For the past three years, Santa HQ has been an unforgettable holiday experience for tens of thousands of HGTV fans,” said Shannon Driver, general manager, U.S. brand marketing, Scripps Networks Interactive. “The network is thrilled to partner once again with Macerich to offer this interactive event full of wonder and fun that makes the season even more special for families.”
The unique attraction offers a powerful HGTV brand experience at each of the high-performing, market-dominant Macerich properties that host Santa HQ. “This holiday season, Macerich properties are set to unwrap great experiences for shoppers, including the incomparable Santa HQ,” said Petra Maruca, Vice President of Business Development, Macerich. “This one-of-a-kind interactive attraction, created in partnership with HGTV, has become a well-loved tradition at top Macerich centers across the country. We are delighted to again offer this exciting Santa experience that families can share.”
Santa HQ will be featured at the following 15 Macerich properties:
Chandler Fashion Center, Chandler, opens Nov. 10
Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale, opens Nov. 10
Fresno Fashion Fair, Fresno, opens Nov. 10
Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, opens Nov. 10
Lakewood Center, Lakewood, opens Nov. 10
The Oaks, Thousand Oaks, opens Nov. 10
Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto, opens Nov. 2
FlatIron Crossing, Broomfield, opens Nov. 11
Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury, opens Nov. 3
Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rosemont, opens Nov. 10
Deptford Mall, Deptford Township, opens Nov. 2
Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold, opens Nov. 10
Queens Center, Elmhurst, opens Nov. 10
Washington Square, Portland, opens Nov. 10
Washington D.C. area:
Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, Va., opens Nov. 11
Reservations for each location can be made in advance at santa-hq.com. HGTV knows the holiday season is a memorable time for the network’s audience, so fans are encouraged to share their Santa HQ experience on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #santahq.
Santa HQ was conceived in collaboration with HGTV, Macerich and Pop2Life, a New York-based experiential marketing agency.
HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 91 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, D.C. corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the company’s website: www.macerich.com.
Pop2Life is an award winning, Condé Nast brand experience agency based in New York. Founded by Eric Murphy in 2003, the company offers ideation and strategy, environmental design and creative services, full-service event production, talent procurement and event concierge services. Clients include Scripps Networks Interactive, Capital One, AMC, DreamWorks, Macerich and iHeart Radio, among many others.
Chelsey Riemann, 865-560-4896
Karen Maurer, 602-953-6471
By Carlo Klemm
Santa Claus needed for ‘best seasonal job in the Highlands’ as hotel launches nationwide appeal
October 4, 2017
by Daily Record Staff
Excerpt - A holiday resort in the Highlands is on the hunt for a jolly Santa Claus to fill a very special festive role.
Macdonald Aviemore Resort has launched a nationwide appeal for the perfect person to don the famous red and white suit to help spread the Christmas cheer .
The chosen Father Christmas will be based at his exclusive Highland Home on the Resort - which comes complete with elves and reindeer - and will play a starring role during themed breaks and for guests staying over Christmas.
The ideal Santa must be magical, nimble and quick, project a robust and heart-felt ho-ho-ho, have a proven track record in discerning who has been naughty or nice and of course, he must have rosy cheeks and a twinkle in his eyes.
“The Resort really is synonymous with Christmas and it’s hard to think of another setting that would be more fitting for Santa’s Highland Home than Aviemore.”
Camille Craig, marketing manager at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, commented: “Our previous Santa Claus created so many magical memories for families over the years and, now he has retired, we’re looking to continue this tradition by appointing a new head of the household at Santa’s Highland Home.”