Video: A Christmas Tradition Continues

October 28, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Popular outdoor retailer, Bass Pro Shops will present their “Santa’s Wonderland — A Classic Christmas” event beginning November 8th and continuing through December 24th at 54 Bass Pro Shop store locations across the United States and Canada. This year, store visitors can return to the special magic that is Christmas at Bass Pro Shops “Santa’s Wonderland” — an over 3,500-square foot magical village chocked full of fun games, activities and crafts for the whole family. It’s an event that is quickly becoming a new family Christmas tradition.

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“It reminds you of the old times, like in the movies; everyone is interacting and having a good time…it gets you in the spirit!” says Barry Martin of Springfield, Missouri after visiting the Santa’s Wonderland event last year at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.

Angela Ferguson, a customer at the store in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma said regarding her visit, “Definitely tell people to come see Santa’s Wonderland ’cause there’s a lot of stuff for the kids to do, and they love it a lot and it’s free!”

Comprised of both animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer and more, the village offers an old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a soft gun arcade and slot car racing. Kids will love playing the hottest fishing game of the season — “The Strike Bass Fishing Game.” Activity tables will be set up where they can write a letter to Santa, color a Christmas picture and every weekend do fun crafts — all absolutely free. Of course, Santa will be in residence there throughout the season.

And, compliments of Bass Pro Shops, parents will want to pick up the free “Parenting Magazine” Holiday Fun Guide available at the store. This guide covers many holiday activities and is full of ideas, tips and checklists to help you make the most of your holidays.

Always a family tradition, customers can get a free 4×6 photo with Santa and his reindeer from 5 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday, Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm with extended hours beginning November 27th. Photo and gift packages will also be available for purchase in-store. If the line is long, customers can grab a Bass Pass and their appointment with Santa is set.

Every weekend from 12 to 5 pm beginning November 14th through December 20th at Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland, shoppers can introduce their children to time-honored traditions of making crafts and holiday ornaments. Kids will have fun making moose ornaments, reindeer cone ornaments, Santa bobbers, reindeer hats, candy cane reindeer and Christmas cookies. Again, it’s all free! A complete schedule of activities and times will be available at Santa’s Wonderland or visit www.basspro.com/santamedia for more details.

And, since the most important part of Christmas is the lesson of giving, Sunday, December 13th, Bass Pro Shops will feature a special night for “Local Heroes” that will offer local firefighters, policemen, paramedics, military personnel and others and their families the chance to shop with extra discounts and enjoy free activities.

Bass Pro Shops stores will kick off the Christmas season with a special Preview Night Sunday, November 8th (Foxborough, MA Bass Pro Shops Preview Night to be Saturday, November 7th) from 3 pm to 8 pm. Local children’s groups and carolers will be singing in front of the store and customers will be treated to hot chocolate and cookies. Santa arrives in a Tracker® boat pulled by a Toyota Tundra truck. Kids will be invited to help Santa, through a little magic, light a big Christmas tree in the main entrance and then on into the store for the unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland. Also, Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card to one lucky winner every half hour that night. Kids will enjoy a special FREE craft like coloring their own stocking at the activity tables.

Bass Pro Shops also will be celebrating their 3rd Annual Great Turkey Campout beginning at 5 pm Thanksgiving Day. Customers are invited to bring their tents and camp out all night on the parking lot so they can be one of the first in line to enter the store the next morning. They can enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and smores from 5 pm to 8 pm around the fire pits and there will be special drawings for prizes.

Return to the Christmases you remember as a kid, return to “Santa’s Wonderland” at Bass Pro Shops and begin your own family tradition you are sure to remember for a lifetime. For more information go to www.basspro.com/santamedia. (For a video/cd or images from last year’s event, please contact Jenna Kendall at 417-873-5059, Katie Mitchell at 417-873-5618 or Larry Whiteley at 417-873-5022).

About Bass Pro Shops Group:

Bass Pro Shops – 56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly, Fisher, Pro Craft, Kenner, Mako, and SeaCraft boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. Visit www.trackerboats.com

Resort Group – Big Cedar Lodge and other resort properties including restaurants and golf course. Visit www.bigcedar.com for more information.

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