One magical Christmas Eve, Santa learns the true meaning of the season from a few seemingly bumbling elves…
Where you’ll find it: Metterra Hotel on Whyte, 10454 Whyte Avenue
When you can see it:
Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Did you know: The mechanism that makes the elf pop up to look out of the box in the sleigh has an interesting origin. It is a mechanical paper sorter that Tim Moore of White Rabbit Creative Enterprises (the maker) pulled out of a dumpster in mid-1990s. “It is a perfect little machine to pop a character into a scene,” he says.
Dimensions: This display is five feet wide, eight feet high, and roughly three feet deep in a window that is four feet wide and five and a half feet high.
Number of characters: There are 4 characters in this display. Santa and one elf are animatronic (which means they move). The other two elves are static (which means they don’t move… but then again, who knows what happens when no one is looking!).
More cool facts: Add this window display together with the other eight Return of the Magic displays along Whyte Avenue and here’s what you get: a total of 79 characters (including all animals, 61 moving characters and 18 static characters).
Q: How long did take to build all Return of the Magic displays, in total?
A: 4500 hours.