Mall at Green Hills - Santa's Flight Academy 2016

Photo courtesy of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Beginning this week, children can visit Santa and become an official member of his flight crew when Santa’s Flight Academy returns to The Mall at Green Hills. The immersive experience, which begins Thursday, Nov. 8 and runs through Dec. 24, allows children to make a personalized badge, try on a virtual flight suit, learn how to operate the sleigh, dance under snowfall and meet Santa.

How it works

Set within the North Pole, each child will receive an official flight crew badge and be recognized by name upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy to become a member of his flight crew.

From there, cadets are fitted with a virtual flight suit and will partner up with a helpful elf to inspect and power Santa’s sleigh and navigate the best course for the big day. The experience culminates with a snowfall dance party and time with Santa.

What they said

“The beloved tradition of visiting Santa comes to life through this unique and interactive experience only available at The Mall at Green Hills,” said General Manager Kimberly Hales, CSM. “Our goal is to make every child feel like a hero at the end of this action-packed journey, as Santa’s sleigh won’t make it around the world without their help.”

The experience, sponsored by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, is free with a variety of photo packages are available for purchase. The Mall at Green Hills is located at 2126 Abbott Martin Road.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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