Join Santa’s Flight Academy!

Nashville is a great place to celebrate the Christmas holidays. There are lots of opportunities to explore and enjoy the season, and The Mall at Green Hills has an adventure to add to your “not to miss” list of holiday fun.

Santa’s Flight Academy is a free immersive experience for children of all ages to become a member of Santa’s flight crew to help Santa ready his sleigh to deliver presents to children all over the world.

2020 Socially Distanced Experience

As with everything, Santa’s Flight Academy is different for 2020. However, it is still fun!

  • First, reserve your spot online HERE.
  • Then visit and make sure to wear a mask (Santa has one too!)

Below is our experience in 2019, which should still give you an idea of what to expect this year. Hopefully, things will be back to normal for 2021.

Academy Registration

Begin the adventure by registering your Elf in training at one of the computerized kiosks at the front of Academy. Experienced Elves will be there to help you. To make the process faster you can register online, and then have your badge printed when you arrive.

Attend Santa’s Fight Academy

Once you have your badge you are ready to get started. One of Santa’s helpers will be your guide as your child is measured and fitted for their virtual flight suit.

After being officially outfitted you proceed to Santa’s sleigh. There, your child will help with final inspections, check the weather, and make sure the sleigh is powered up for the long journey around the world.

After all the work is done, there is time to play before visiting Santa himself. Join the elves for a snowfall dance party and play in the snow as it falls onto the dance floor.

Santa's Flight Academy - snowfall dance party

Visit with Santa

At the end of the adventure, your child gets to meet Santa. And as as special thank you, he will give them a special token of appreciation for helping him prepare his sleigh to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.

These are photos we took a few years ago. Both Santa and visitors will need to wear a mask for photos in 2020.

Don’t forget to tell him what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken! A variety of photo packages will be available for purchase.

Family Fun Facts

Santa’s Flight Academy at The Mall at Green Hills (Map)

When: Open November 27 – December 24, 2020, 11 AM to 8 PM Monday – Saturday and Noon – 6 PM on Sundays. Santa takes a break from 3 PM – 4 PM Monday – Saturday and 2:30 PM – 3 PM on Sundays Click to see Santa’s complete schedule.

Cost: FREE (photos an additional cost)

Find more holiday fun including the best places to see holiday lights, holiday parades, and more in our annual Nashville Family Fun Christmas Guide.

Lauren Breeze

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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