Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Celebrates the Holiday Season in “Reverse

“Ripley’s Style” Holiday Photos Where Santa Sits On YOUR Lap

Guests Bring Santa Toys to Earn $10 Off Admission


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square’s “Reverse Santa” returns for the famed “Santa sits on YOUR lap” holiday portraits. Bringing some extra help from the North Pole, Ripley’s own “Reverse Santa Claus” will be joined by Mrs. Claus to sit on visitor’s laps Saturdays in December, creating out-of-the ordinary family photos. And this year, guests who deliver toys to “Reverse Santa” will earn $10 off admission to the Times Square one-of-a-kind attraction.

“Only at Ripley’s Times Square will people find a Santa that sits on your lap and asks for a wish list of toys,” said Michael Hirsch, president and general manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. “Our Reverse Santa program has become such a popular tradition, we wanted to add a component that would make the holidays brighter for children and families in New York as well as across the entire country. Participating in the TODAY Show toy drive was the natural fit.”

From December 1 through December 22, 2012 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square will be collecting toys for children and families in need in partnership with the TODAY Show’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive. Guests who bring two or more toys suitable for children ages infant to 18 years old to the museum will receive $10 off admission. For every toy donated at the New York City Odditorium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square will match it. Ripley’s Times Square’s Reverse Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making surprise visits to the TODAY Show Plaza throughout the month of December to deliver the toys collected for the holiday gift drive. Accepted items include new and unwrapped toys, books, clothing, electronic games, school supplies, sports equipment, videos and computer games.

“Reverse Santa” pictures will be available each Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. Guests to the Odditorium will have the opportunity to take a variety of fun holiday shots with Ripley’s own Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Individual prints, key chains and magnets can be purchased on site at Ripley’s Times Square, as well as a CD to create personalized holiday cards or share online with friends.

In order to redeem $10 off admission, guest must donate two or more appropriate toys. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. For further information, call 212.398.3133.

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