Selfies, Santa, and a “Super Snowy Saturday”: Here’s what’s fun at Kimco centers this holiday season
The smell of hot chocolate, the warmth of winter boots, and the sounds of Christmas music mean that the holidays are here. It’s a season for spending time with family and friends, and giving a token of affection wrapped up in a box to our loved ones.
Like a light winter snow, the holiday spirit has enveloped Kimco’s centers this winter. Here’s just a peek at the fun we’re having at some of our centers this holiday season. Happy holidays to all of our readers!
We’ll start off in sunny Arizona, at the Mesa Riverview shopping center, where the Holiday Merriment event series has been in full swing since late November. The “Super Snowy Saturday” event on Nov. 28 had a holiday train ride for the youngsters, family photos in an inflatable snow globe, face painting, balloon artists, live music, and a complimentary movie pass for families.
And every Saturday throughout the month, until Dec. 19, Mesa Riverview will have free carriage rides with Santa. These carriage rides take place in the Brass Tap parking lot from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The season’s upon us in Anaheim and on Dec. 12, starting at 11 a.m., the Anaheim Plaza shopping center will hold its annual Holiday Celebration. The celebration will feature giveaways, a live DJ playing plenty of holiday tunes, airbrush tattoos, and face painting. And, did we mention there will be center-wide savings and offers? So, finish up shopping as you enjoy this community event.
Westlake Shopping Center transformed into a winter wonderland with real snow! Westlake, Fairmont Shopping Center, and Lakewood Village held their holiday open houses in late November, and there were also photos with Santa, a live DJ, and plenty of hot cocoa and coffee to keep everyone warm.
The tree lighting at Santee Trolley Square, in Santee, featured carolers, carriage rides, a visit from Santa, food, and games.
And in Tustin, the annual pajama and food donation drives concluded with an event in November that had plenty of entertainment and selfies with Santa.
All of our little peaches made their lists and met with Santa at Braelinn Village, in Peachtree City, at a holiday event held earlier this month. In addition to photos with Santa, there were games, prizes, and a craft spot for the children. Adults got in on the fun too – the best decorated golf cart won a $50 gift card to Kroger.
Santa and Rudolph stopped by the Crossroads Plaza, in Cary, for the center’s annual tree lighting. Victorian carolers helped provide the entertainment for the ceremony, and everyone brought a bit of holiday cheer for kids that certainly need it – the center partnered with Zach’s Toy Chest, a local charity that provides toys for children receiving cancer treatment at local North Carolina hospitals. Numerous gifts were donated, and we thank everyone who contributed to this worthwhile charity.
Everyone has taken a picture with Saint Nick, but have you ever taken a selfie with him? Santa was filled with joy by the number of selfies he took at the holiday parties at Clackamas Promenade and Tanasbourne Village shopping centers earlier this December. The selfies were free, and the memories priceless.
Ice sculptors, get your chainsaws ready! Wexford Plaza’s 22nd Annual Ice Carnival is scheduled for Dec. 11, and this ice carving contest pits chefs against culinary students to craft a holiday-themed creation out of a 300-pound ice block. Who will win this year, and who will turn this giant ice cube into true art?
That’s not all — Wexford Plaza, located in Pittsburgh, will once again run its Secret Santa promotion, where a Secret Santa will visit stores throughout the event and surprise random customers by paying for their purchases of up to $100. Additional activities include a visit with real reindeer Jingles, a balloon artist, holiday characters, carolers, refreshments, and holiday crafts.
In Ardmore, Suburban Square recently kicked off a menorah lighting to celebrate the start of Hanukkah. The shopping center also has an annual tree lighting event, and holiday tunes play throughout the shopping center to entertain shoppers and get them into the holiday spirit. On December 12, ice carvers will also come to the center.
The Marketplace at Factoria in Bellevue held the “Hello to the Holidays” celebration on Nov. 28. Santa continues to up his photo game, and at The Marketplace, he took pictures with families in a photo booth! A local radio station provided the music, acting as a backdrop to plenty of games and crafts that families enjoyed.
The entire Kimco team wishes everyone a joyful and merry holiday season and is always extra grateful to all of our shoppers during this time of year.