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Airbnb is Bringing Santa to You With Virtual Experiences Around the World

This year’s pandemic has no doubt brought lots of changes to the holiday season. With Coronavirus continuing to march on across the globe, many Americans are torn on whether or not to travel for the holidays. Some are planning to utilize the time for their own vacation, some are turning to resort pods and some plan to just stay at home. Regardless of which category you fall into, one thing is for sure, Christmas just isn’t complete without Santa Claus. That’s why this year, Airbnb has partnered with Kris Kringle himself to bring you a Covid-era Christmas experience like none other. Whether you have kiddos yourself or just want to partake in the Christmas fun, Airbnb has you in mind.

Airbnb is offering global Santa experiences this holiday season

The experiences will be held virtually and are intended to bring the magic of the holiday spirit right to your living room. Participants can virtually greet Santa in Lapland, Finland as he begins his journey around the globe; read stories with him in Los Angeles and speak sign language to him in Athens, Georgia. It’s not all about Father Christmas, though. Mrs. Claus is also available for your holiday delight. Sing carols with her and most importantly, share your Christmas wishlist and she’ll get it all ironed out for you. There’s even an option to take it a step further and have a party with Santa and Mrs. Claus. How would you like a holiday-themed pyjama party with Mr. and Mrs. North Pole? Or how about a murder mystery experience with Mrs. Claus? It’s all at your fingertips, virtually of course.

Think you’ve got what it takes to play ol’ Saint Nic? According to a recent statement from Airbnb, the “will be providing additional support to Santa Claus entertainers who are interested in becoming Online Experience hosts, helping them to make a seamless transition to virtual visits.”

In addition to Santa fun from home, Airbnb is amping up the Christmas season with other holiday-themed experiences and classes. Want to impress all of your friends by sabering a bottle of champagne? There’s a class for that. Or what about the lowdown on Kenyan holiday traditions and culture or a pasta class that would make for the perfect holiday dinner? The options are limitless.

In a time when Christmas seems almost cancelled to some, it’s a reminded that December is still “the most wonderful time of the year.” Coronavirus may have drastically changed the way that we experience the holiday season, but different doesn’t mean over.

Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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