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Interactive Santa + Elf Experience

Candy Cane Institute

How does Santa know who’s naughty, who’s nice, and which gifts are the merriest of them all? It’s up to the elf scientists at Candy Cane Institute to make the holiday magic happen!

Join Santa's crew at MOA® for an interactive experience where kids of all ages get a behind-the-scenes trip to the North Pole’s research department, with a special visit with the big guy himself along the way.

Tickets to Candy Cane Institute include a 10–15 minute self-guided interactive tour with elf stops along the way and a visit with Santa.

Pre-purchased tickets are strongly recommended. Guests will reserve their time slot at the time of purchase. Tickets can be purchased online or at the North Guest Service desk. Walk-up tickets may be available at the attraction if timeslots have not been fully reserved. A ticket is required for each Candy Cane Institute visitor. Children two and under are free. Candy Cane Institute will close midday for 30 minutes so Santa can feed the reindeer.


Located on Level 1 near the North Entrance.

All-Family Fun with Very-Merry Elves

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Holiday Elves

Here's to festive family memories and fun-filled holiday quality time!
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Visit with Santa

The kids get a heart-to-heart with Santa about that wish list while mom + dad snap some pics!
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Interactive Holiday Experience

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