Winter Wonderland

The new holiday show at La Palmera adds sparkle to the season, making the holidays at the popular shopping district more spectacular than ever.

By: Sarona Winfrey

The holidays are always busy for the La Palmera Shopping District, but this year, they’re spectacular – for shoppers.

This holiday marks the premiere of Holiday Light Spectacular at La Palmera, a new one-of-a-kind light show produced by Los Angeles-based PaintScaping and director Philippe Bergeron, which magically transforms La Palmera Center Court into a winter wonderland. The show debuted in November and runs three times nightly through Dec. 12 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Holiday Light Spectacular incorporates 3-D projection mapping, merging real and virtual worlds by using walls instead of screens for a canvas and aligning dazzling light and animation with architectural features. The company has produced unique 3-D mapping shows all over the world, in cities such as Orlando, Los Angeles, Quebec City, Hawaii, Cancun, Las Vegas and Chicago.

“This is the kind of show you generally see in Vegas, New York or LA,” said Fred Walters, general manager for La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “We are very excited to be working with PaintScaping to bring this technology to the Coastal Bend for the first time, and our guests are really enjoying the show.”

Extended holiday hours are in full swing at La Palmera, giving guests more time to shop and to visit with Santa Claus, who will be on hand through Dec. 24 in center court to visit with boys and girls and pose for photos.

Guests can also help numerous Coastal Bend charities again this year through a number of holiday programs. La Palmera’s popular charity gift-wrapping service is available Friday through Sunday during the first three weekends of December near the concierge and Forever 21, with volunteers from local charities providing their wrapping services for donations.
Pet lovers can also take advantage of three “Pet Night with Santa” events held Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of the photo proceeds from those events will benefit local animal organizations. Only dogs and cats are permitted, and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

La Palmera also sets up a Forest of Giving, where the pubic can vote for their favorite uniquely decorated tree, with the winner receiving $2,500 for the Coastal Bend charity of their choice.

“We work with a variety of Coastal Bend nonprofits throughout the year, but they are really top of mind for people this time of year,” Walters said. “La Palmera is always looking for ways to assist the community, so helping the groups that directly impact local residents is very important.”

Shoppers have also enjoyed the expanded list of shopping and dining options in the La Palmera Shopping District, with new tenants at both La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera, which celebrated its official grand opening in November.

Since renovation work started on The Shops at La Palmera in 2012, more than a dozen new national retailers and restaurants have opened at the 230,602-square-foot center located adjacent to La Palmera mall, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, DSW, Corner Bakery Café and Chipotle.

According to Walters, “The creation of the La Palmera Shopping District has been a success for everyone – national retailers who have been looking for a foothold in Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend residents who love the new shopping options and the city of Corpus Christi through new sales tax revenue.”

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