Santa goes high-tech to keep the magic alive at Avalon

Alpharetta, GA -- Even the most skeptical children might be impressed with new technology that makes visits with Santa more personal at Avalon in Alpharetta.

Santa's cottage is equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) that lets parents convey personal information about their children without whispering in Santa's ear.

Parents fill out a questionnaire about their children when they register online or in person at the concierge desk. The form includes the child's name and age, plus questions about their wish list.

"Special requests from Santa are also encouraged, such as clean your room, stop fighting with your sister or do your homework," said Carla Toro, director of marketing at Avalon.

The answers are embedded into a "gift tag" that sends the information to Santa's Nauty or Nice Book, which has an iPad hidden inside.

"The older kids are shocked at everything Santa knows, often turning to their parents in surprise," Toro added. "For the younger ones who never doubted Santa for a minute, RFID technology helps keep that magical spirit of Christmas alive another year."

Avalon created a video to explain the process for parents. Here is a link:

Online bookings have filled up, but walk-up visits are welcome.

Avalon is a mixed-use, upscale development that opened last year off Old Milton Parkway near Georgia 400.


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