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Families make special Christmas memories at Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland

Free photos with Santa, crafts and activities begin Nov. 14 at Bass Pro Shops stores across the U.S. and Canada

Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland is returning to Bass Pro Shops at 77* stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Santa will arrive on Saturday, November 14 at 5 p.m. for a special preview celebration. Families are invited to create lasting memories at Bass Pro Shops from November 14 through December 24 through free photos with Santa, crafts for kids, plus games and activities to celebrate the season.

"Santa's arrival is a special celebration featuring Christmas carols in front of the store. On November 14, we'll also be treating customers to free cookies and McSteven's hot chocolate," said Katie Mitchell, Bass Pro Shops communications manager. "Children are invited to help Santa, through a little magic, to light up the outside of the store and a big Christmas tree in the main entrance at participating locations. Families can then follow Santa inside for the unveiling of Santa's Wonderland.

Santa's Wonderland transforms Bass Pro Shops into a sprawling Christmas village featuring rustic Christmas cabins, moving model trains, RC trucks, animated Christmas characters, interactive talking caribou, and live elves set amongst snow-covered hills, illuminated Christmas trees and an arctic sky. The Christmas village offers old-time model trains, remote control trucks, a laser arcade and a foam toy arcade. Families can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa and make Christmas decorations and handmade crafts to take home, all for free.

The highlight of Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland is the big guy himself. Families visiting Santa Claus receive a FREE 4 x 6 studio-quality photo to cherish for years to come. Millions of families return to Santa's Wonderland year after year to participate in this magical tradition.

Share the Wonder in 2015

This year Bass Pro Shops is inviting everyone to Share the Wonder by sharing holiday memories and making wishes come true. Everyone who has their photo taken with Santa will have the opportunity to share their photos with friends and family via a special digital Christmas video card. Favorite Christmas memories can be uploaded and shared online with family, friends, and Bass Pro Shops fans. Celebrities from the world of sports and outdoors will be sharing their photos with Santa on social media and viewers are able to create custom captions for the photos for a chance to win great prizes. In addition to sharing memories with family and friends, Bass Pro Shops is helping create new memories. Customers have the chance to win their Christmas wish list and share the generosity with a member of their community. For more information and to enter to win your Christmas wish list, visit www.basspro.com/santa.

Special activities include**:

November 14 free preview night

• 5 p.m.-The first 100 kid's to visit Santa's Wonderland will receive a free Razzi Raccoon Plush Outdoor Buddy.
• 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to one lucky winner every half hour.
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Families can take home a 4x6 free photo with Santa.
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Free craft: Kids can decorate a Santa stocking.

Visitors look forward to Santa's Wonderland as a way to bring families together in the spirit of the Christmas season.

"Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland was a pleasant surprise when we stopped in to shop," said Barry from Benton, Arkansas. "The activities were a blast for my daughter, and we loved getting pictures with Santa. It's a great way to get our Christmas started!"

Todd, a customer from Richmond, Virginia said, "Each year we've gone to Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops they've added, changed, or just made it different for my three children. The number one reason my kids want to go is Santa - probably the best Santa in Richmond. Probably the best Santa my wife and I've seen in years!"

Bass Pro Shops has thought of every detail to make this Christmas experience memorable with a no-wait Bass Pass to see Santa. This allows parents to set appointments to see jolly old St. Nick so they can shop or enjoy the activities at Santa's Wonderland instead of waiting in line. Photo packages and Christmas cards will also be available for purchase with instant print in the store.

For more information about Bass Pro Shops Classic Christmas traditions at Santa's Wonderland, visit http://www.basspro.com/santa and click on your local store for a complete schedule of Santa's Wonderland activities.

*Islamorada location will not host Santa's Wonderland.
**Activities, games, crafts and displays vary by time and location.



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