Santa's VR Sleigh Ride

At Raumgleiter, I worked on a virtual reality sleigh ride for a shopping mall. I was responsible for programming the VR player, for creating a control panel and texturing various 3D objects.

Final Project

The visitors of the ride climb onto a motion platform and put on a VR headset. In the VR headset, they then fly from the North Pole to the shopping mall, while the platform moves in sync with the events in virtual reality.


The VR player runs in the browser of the Meta Quest 2. It consists of two spheres (one for each eye) that play a 360° video and a “waiting room”. (Waiting room is kind of exaggerated, it’s just some text and snowflakes.)

The control panel is a Node.js app running on a Raspberry Pi. It’s responsible for communicating with the motion platform (via UDP) and with the headsets. (For instance: Stopping the videos and telling the players when someone uses the emergency button to halt the motion platform.)

The user interface is a website running in Chromium in fullscreen mode. It allows the operator to start a ride and provides guidance for setting up the device.


I also textured the sleigh and it’s engines: