Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:15

Earnhardt Auto Centers Sponsoring 'Drive-Up Photos with Santa' Events at Arizona Dealerships


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Children and their parents are invited to special holiday events at Rodeo Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Queen Creek, AZ, and Earnhardt Lexus in Phoenix.

All events are free, and it is strongly encouraged parents register through Eventbrite to ensure their spot.


On Dec. 5, Santa Claus will visit Earnhardt Lexus for the second annual "Drive-up Photos with Santa" event at the dealership, and a photographer will be taking pictures. 


"Last year, we created this drive-up event in response to adhere to COVID protocols, and we discovered it was a real hit with parents and kids alike," said Bull Earnhardt, general manager of Earnhardt Lexus. "It's just pure joy to see how the children respond to Santa, and the staff at our Earnhardt family dealership really loves this free event. So we decided to invite the public again this year."


Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5. When drivers arrive, they will form a vehicle queue until they reach the designated unloading spots. 
"Our dealership already serves many families thanks to the popularity of such SUVs as the Lexus RX," said Earnhardt. "We have heard from parents that it is a struggle to enjoy time with Santa in a regular store. As such, they wanted a different setting where their children could meet Santa Claus with less hassle and still capture those fond memories without sacrificing quality.


"We hope this visit with Santa gives a lot of joy to area kids this year," said Earnhardt, grandson of Earnhardt Auto Centers founder Tex Earnhardt. "On behalf of the Earnhardt family, we extend all our good wishes this holiday season."


At Rodeo CJDR, Santa will be available for pictures from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. There will also be a free hot cocoa bar and train rides on the No Bull Express.


"Our dealership is excited to have Santa visit us again this year," said Heath Wacker, manager at Rodeo CJDR. "This is the fourth time we've been able to host St. Nick at our dealership."


The No Bull Express is a...

...trackless train that will cruise around the large dealership parking lot. It will be free to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, during event hours.


"Over the last three years, we've heard from parents that they appreciate the opportunity for their children to see Santa Claus in a low-key setting away from the mall or big box store," said Heath. "We try to create welcoming surroundings where children can feel comfortable and create those special holiday memories right here in Queen Creek."


The event repeats four times in December to give more families a chance to visit with Santa Claus.


"At Rodeo CDJR, our staff has been busy making room for the addition of the new Wagoneer brand," said Heath. "We are happy to slow down a bit, give the gift of Santa photos to area families, and see the season through the eyes of children."


Due to time constraints, only one pose/sitting per family will be taken.


Following both events, to make it easy to receive the pictures, the professional images will be available in a hi-res digital download. Parents will receive information on how to access their free pictures when they are at the dealerships for the events. 


Register on Eventbrite for the Phoenix event here and the Queen Creek events here.


Source: Earnhardt Auto Centers


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