Fun for the Holidays

At the La Palmera Shopping District, the coming months will be filled with fun family activities.

By: Sarona Winfrey

The year flies by, and before you know it, the holidays are upon us once again. So be sure to mark your calendars now for some fun fall festivities at La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera.

Join La Palmera Saturday, Oct. 25, for our fall festival. It’s an afternoon of family fun, including crafts and activities for the kids and a special Halloween-style fashion show in Center Court, sponsored by Aveda. Go to for a complete schedule of events.

November marks the start of the retail holiday season, and the La Palmera Shopping District will ring in the holidays with its traditional festive flair.

There’s a lot going on at The Shops at La Palmera this holiday season, as several national retailers and restaurants continue to gravitate to the 228,000-sqaure-foot center. Many are already open, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Jared The Galleria of Jewelers, DressBarn, DXL, Catherines, Big Lots, Great Clips, Gossip Nails & Spa, Subway and Corner Bakery, along with local favorites such as Victoria’s Jewels and SAS Shoes. Shoppers will soon have even more to choose from with Chipotle, Marble Slab and the Beef Jerky Outlet, all slated to open soon.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the holidays will be in full swing at La Palmera with the annual arrival of Santa Claus. The evening’s activities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., with Santa’s arrival at 6 p.m. As is tradition, there will be a special ceremony to welcome Santa at the main entrance by P.F. Chang’s and Grimaldi’s, where he will be greeted by his helpers and members of the U.S. Marine Corps, who will escort him to his traditional throne in Center Court.

Guests will enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the mall with face painting, arts and crafts and local mascots, plus cookies and storytelling with Mrs. Claus in the children’s play area on the upper level.

La Palmera merchants will be part of the festive atmosphere with promotions and specials, as well as giveaways throughout the evening, including a $500 La Palmera gift card.

While waiting to visit with Santa, guests will meander through the Forest of Giving, a collection of trees uniquely decorated by participating local charities. The public is invited to vote for their favorite from Nov. 13 through Dec. 10, and the tree that receives the most votes will then receive $2,500 for the Coastal Bend charity of their choice from La Palmera.

Shoppers at La Palmera will find new shopping and dining options, as well, with Oakley and a holiday Toys “R” Us location on Center Court, as well as Sun Optics now open on the upper level.

“We are very excited with our plans for this fall in the La Palmera Shopping District,” said Fred Walters, general manager for La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “We are always working to create fun events and special traditions in the Coastal Bend community, including the annual arrival of Santa Claus. We are also happy to celebrate the official grand opening of The Shops at La Palmera, which is already enjoying great success, with so many national retailers now calling it home.”

For more information on La Palmera or The Shops at La Palmera, go to or, visit us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.

About La Palmera
Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million-square-foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants, including Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, P.F. Chang’s and Coach. Acquired in July 2008 by Institutional Mall Investors LLC (IMI) and Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be awarded LEED Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mall features a 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area.

About The Shops at La Palmera
The Shops at La Palmera is a 200,000-square-foot outdoor center located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Currently undergoing redevelopment, The Shops at La Palmera will feature approximately 26 retail and dining options, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Corner Bakery Café, as well as T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry and DSW. Purchased in April 2012 by Trademark Property Company and joint venture partner Institutional Mall Investors LLC (IMI), the center is located directly across from Trademark’s La Palmera mall.



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