The Oaks and HGTV Present "Santa HQ" in Thousand Oaks Beginning November 5th

Santa’s arrives at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks on November 5th. This year The Oaks has partnered with HGTV to present “Santa HQ.”

Families are invited to experience the wonder of Santa’s workshop in the digital age. Exciting interactive technology transforms and customizes the experience.

This engaging new version of a visit with Santa uses digital tools to offer an augmented reality environment and a thoroughly new, enhanced social media experience for families. At Santa HQ, kids will be “scanned” as they arrive to determine if they’ve been “naughty or nice,” enter an observatory where they will use special tablets to view Santa’s magical world - the night sky or Santa’s elves at work, for instance – be able to take an “ELFIE” (a photo opp as a dancing elf), enjoy the North Pole Observatory to experience Elf-Ray Vision in a 3D environment and much more.

Photo packages are also available starting at $39.99. As an added bonus, guests can make reservations in 8 minute time increments at (or more specifically,

Pricing is $39.99 less a $5 discount most days through December 8th ($39.99 thereafter as of 11/1/16 when we reviewed the pricing). But the price of the reservation can be credited toward your photo package.

Shoppers also are invited to bring in an unwrapped toy and participate in Help Through Holiday Giving. The Oaks hopes to gather 1000 toys to be donated to Children's Services Auxiliary of Ventura County.

Santa HQ will be open 7 days a week and is located in the JCPenney Court. For more information about Santa HQ’s operating hours please visit