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November 23, 2021 (Marlton, NJ) — Santa wants to spread his magic to as many people as possible, even those who are unable to come to him. That’s why he asked Cherry Hill Programs (CHP), the industry leader in experiential photography, to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of its Magic of Giving campaign. CHP operates hundreds of holiday photo experiences across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, providing countless opportunities to support families who are caring for a child with cancer. Every family who attends Santa Magic will have the opportunity to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To show appreciation to those who donate to St. Jude’s, CHP will give them complete access to the virtual Story Time (a $9.99 value) for free as a token of appreciation.

“There are few things in this World more uplifting and magical than the warmth of a Child’s smile,” said John Barbieri, Chief Strategy Officer of CHP. “To know we’re helping those that wish they could join us but aren’t medically able to, makes me and the Cherry Hill family proud of the work we do.”

According to St. Jude’s, cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children under the age of 14 in the U.S. However, St. Jude’s has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer. Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food, because St. Jude’s wants families to focus on their child’s care.

Santa is back in person this year, and thanks to CHP’s Santa Magic, families will once again experience the wonder of Santa’s Workshop and capture commemorative pictures with the man himself for Christmas 2021. Of course, Santa wouldn’t come if he didn’t think that it was safe to visit with each child. To create a safe, contactless experience, reservations and advance sales can be made online at Walk-up visits are available as space allows at most Santa Magic locations. At the Santa Magic photo experience, guests can expect and should prepare for all CDC recommended best practices to be required and include social distancing, face coverings and enhanced sanitization. CHP recommends reviewing the CDC Safety Guidelines before arriving at the Santa Magic experience.

Every Santa Magic photo package will come with $25 to shop Shutterfly (at participating locations) thanks to their partnership with Cherry Hill Programs. Packages run from $39.99 to $49.99 and, depending on the package, include digital downloads, access to an online gift shop at, 6x8, 4x6, 3x5 and wallet size photo prints as well as a limited-edition postcard photo. There is also a fun opportunity for guests to snap a selfie while waiting to see Santa or to upload a photo to the My Photo Op Spot which allows guests to instantly appear in different holiday backgrounds, download and save and share with friends and family via social media with #myphotoopspot. Guests can take this photo creation fun one step further with the My Photo MAGIC PASS which includes access to My Photo SANTA MAGIC at half the cost! Available at 50% off with any photo package purchase, guests have complete access to virtual holiday photo fun through January 31, 2022.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.

About Cherry Hill Programs:

Cherry Hill Programs captures the Magic to celebrate moments for a lifetime! In partnership with famous landmarks, attractions, signature retail venues, and hotel destinations, CHP is the industry-leader in experiential photography, providing virtual, digital, and live holiday + souvenir photography experiences in venues across North America. Through a combination of proprietary reservation software, innovative technology, accessible download portals and complete photography operation implementation - from recruiting and training to collaborative marketing - our mission is simple: to bring magic to every experience.