KENTWOOD, Michigan – With the end of Halloween, Woodland Mall has decorated its venues and welcomes everyone to celebrate the holiday season and its traditions with special shopping and festivities.
Photos with Santa Claus, Black Friday shopping and deals are all in store, along with an angel tree to benefit Salvation Army families, according to a press release Monday.
“It’s exciting to see Woodland Mall transform again for this most exciting time of the year,” said Alyson Presser, Director of Marketing for Woodland Mall. “With festive decorations and a variety of activities suited to the season, Woodland Mall is an ideal destination for shoppers of all ages to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit, connect with family and friends and find something special for everyone on their gift list. ”
Buyers are encouraged to shop early this year “to ensure product availability and to show consideration to retail workers throughout the season.”
Santa will return to his seat at the mall from November 17 to December 24 to listen to each child’s Christmas wish and can even read a book to them.
Reservations are encouraged but not required to take a photo with Santa Claus.
A welcome event for Santa will take place on November 20 with a parade led by the Kentwood High School dance team.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Santa will be escorted on a train alongside a holiday penguin, traveling juggler and magician.
The parade route will begin in the Von Maur Wing, pass through the JCPenney Wing and end at Macy’s Court.
“Fur babies” will also be welcome to visit Santa on Mondays from November 22 to December 20. Animals with feathers and whiskers of all kinds are welcome as long as they are always kept on a leash or in a crate.
Woodland Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow retail workers to enjoy family vacations.
The mall will reopen at 7 a.m. the next day so customers can start the traditional shopping weekend early.
Buyers will find the Salvation Army Angel Tree in the Macy’s Wing near Apple from November 19 to December 15.
Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the mall management office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After office hours, gifts can be dropped off with mall security.
To avoid the crowds, Woodland Mall recommends shopping Monday through Thursday when traffic tends to be lighter.
The mall opening hours before the holidays are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the shopping center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Woodland Mall will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 26.