Woodland Mall is putting in some extra effort this year to make the holiday season special for everyone. In addition to Santa photo ops, craft shows, surprise visits from a variety of fun characters and drop-in performances, there will be a number of opportunities for people to give back to the many charities Woodland Mall is supporting this season.
“Our focus this year is on spreading holiday cheer through fun events with the man in red himself, as well as charitable activities, vendor shows and community performances,” Marketing Manager Kennedy Vancalbergh said. “With a few new experiences alongside the winter staples we’re known for, Woodland Mall continues to offer the best in holiday shopping and festivities for shoppers of all ages.”
A Holiday Bash Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, Dec. 9 will give shoppers a chance to connect with an array of small businesses and vendors as they browse a wide variety of items such as wreaths, candles, jewelry and more.
Santa will take photos and listen to holiday wishes through Dec. 24. Reservations are encouraged but not required for the photo opportunity. Digital photo packages are available with options to purchase prints and a family portrait.
Even fur babies are invited to get in on the holiday action. Pets can visit Santa and get a photo with Santa this season each Monday through Dec. 18. Feathered and whiskered pets of all kinds are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash, in a pet carrier, or held by the owner at all times. Pet owners must also sign a release prior to visiting Santa.
While waiting for Santa, kids (and pets) can visit Ursa, an enormous 12-foot polar bear decked with thousands of holiday lights.
Charities, events and hours
Artists Creating Together Concert, Dec. 4
Artists Creating Together, which empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow and celebrate through the arts, will give a musical performance on ukuleles and Tubano drums 5:30-7 p.m. in the Von Maur wing.
Cards for Kids Spending the Holidays in Hospitals through Dec. 11
Woodland Mall has partnered with Cards for Hospitalized Kids to provide holiday cards to local children who are spending the holiday season in the hospital. From Nov. 18-Dec. 11, there will be a table near Santa in the Macy’s court where individuals can decorate cards for the children.
Salvation Army Angel Tree through Dec. 14
Woodland Mall has partnered with The Salvation Army to give back to children in the community. Shoppers will find The Salvation Army Angel Tree in the Macy’s wing starting Nov. 17 through Dec. 14. Tree tags represent children or teenagers who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Shoppers can take a tag and return an unwrapped gift at the mall’s security office during mall hours.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, Dec. 1-24
The iconic red kettles and volunteers will be stationed at the mall’s JCPenney entrance throughout the season. Characters from Star Wars will make special appearances throughout the month. Donations go toward improving the lives of families in the local community. Every gift is precious – big or small.
Women’s Resource Center Winter Clothing Drive, Dec. 1-31
Woodland Mall will hold a winter clothing drive for the Women’s Resource Center, which offers programs and services to educate and empower women for workplace success, during the entire month of December. Collection bins will be at each entrance of the mall for donations of new or gently used hats, gloves and winter socks.
The mall will have extended hours to ensure guests are able to get all their holiday shopping completed. To avoid the crowds, Woodland Mall recommends shopping Monday through Thursday when traffic is at a lighter pace.
On Christmas Eve, Woodland Mall will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The mall will be closed on Christmas Day. The mall will be open the day after Christmas 10 a.m.-8 p.m., on New Year’s Eve noon-6 p.m. and on New Year’s Day 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit ShopWoodlandMall.com/hours for details.