I swear it wasn’t as bad as it looks. Sasha couldn’t have been more thrilled to be in Santa’s Workshop at the Ellipse… until the very moment she sat on the jolly guy’s lap. The photo op — along with her little freak out — only lasted about five seconds. A small price to pay for a what was largely a fun time at one of DC’s best holiday traditions.
Santa’s Workshop is part of Holiday on the Ellipse, the annual showcase of the National Christmas Tree and lots of other seasonal delights: Model train lines zip around the tree; the Pathway of Peace presents smaller Christmas trees adorned with ornaments representing all 50 states, plus U.S. Territories, and The District; a Nativity scene and Yule Log is on display (and a nice play to warm up).
The highlight for kids is easily the workshop, where along with photos on Santa’s lap, kids can get a glimpse at his operations — every adorable detail of them. A desk near the entrance is piled with letters to Santa, and more are posted on the wooden walls and organized neatly in mail slots. A Naughty-or-Nice meter lights up as you walk by, and sketches of toys are strewn atop a drafting table. Beyond that is a conveyor belt loaded with presents to be packed in Santa’s sack.
There is something to see at every step during the wait in line to meet Santa, a good thing, as the wait can take 15-20 minutes. And that’s just after you get in the door. Before that, there is also a wait outside. That only took about 10 minutes when we visited, but I have heard it can be longer. Needless to say, make sure the kids are bundled well.
Today and tomorrow are the last chances to visit Santa’s Workshop, so if you have the time, I highly recommend it. Sasha may have gotten the classic toddler scare, but look at the smile on Owen’s face — pure joy.
Santa’s Workshop is open today 4 – 6:30pm, then 7 – 9:30pm and tomorrow 11am – 3pm.