A Season to Celebrate

La Palmera welcomes the holidays with a number of seasonal events and activities for all visitors to enjoy.

By: Sarona Winfrey

Fall is here, and the holidays are right around the corner. Coastal Bend residents and guests alike will find a number of seasonal events and activities to enjoy at La Palmera.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and La Palmera will commemorate it with a month-long awareness campaign sponsored by Radiology Associates LLP. The mall will host a number of events and show off touches of pink throughout the month to raise awareness for breast cancer, including pink ribbon-wrapped palm trees in front of La Palmera.

Events will include a Pink-A-Palooza Kickoff on Oct. 1 where shoppers can pick up beads, T-shirts and personalized lawn hearts to place in their yard or the yard of a breast cancer survivor. There will also be a “Chairity” Pink Painting Party on Oct. 6 where participants can join the “Operation Empty Pink Chair” phenomenon by creating their very own chair to take home and put on a porch or in an office. A professional artist will provide instruction and guidance to budding Picassos on how to turn their pink chair into a “masterpiece.”

The evening includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. with painting from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 (you supply the pink chair) or $75 (pink chair is provided). To register or find more information, email calaniz@xraydocs.com or call 361-561-3157.

November marks the start of the retail holiday season, and La Palmera will be ready with a variety of activities and events for the Coastal Bend. On Thursday, Nov. 3, the holidays will be in full swing at La Palmera with the annual arrival of Santa Claus, including a parade, ice princesses and live reindeer.

The evening’s activities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music and entertainment throughout the mall, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Santa’s Winter Wonderland will be at La Palmera through Dec. 24, including Santa meeting with boys and girls and posing for photos in Center Court during regular mall hours.

And while the holidays mean beloved traditions, shoppers will soon be enjoying dining and shopping at both La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. At La Palmera, shoppers will now find delicious ice cream treats from Häagen-Dazs. Located outside the mall’s main entrance adjacent to Charming Charlie, the new 1,048-square-foot Häagen-Dazs shop will open Oct. 3, offering its world-famous ice cream creations, including cakes and drinks.

Fashionistas are also anxiously awaiting the opening of fashion leader H&M. This will be the first Coastal Bend location for the popular retailer known for its wide-ranging and varied collections for women, men, teens and children. Currently under construction, the two-level, 26,558-square-foot La Palmera store will connect 16,033 square feet formerly occupied by Aveda Institute Corpus Christi on the upper level with 10,525 square feet formerly occupied by Buckle and Wet Seal directly below.

At The Shops at La Palmera, hungry guests are now enjoying Grub Burger Bar. Located near Chipotle Mexican Grill, Grub Burger features eclectic gourmet burgers on homemade buns, fresh salads and side dishes and cutting-edge shakes, as well as delicious bar appetizers and cocktails.

Meanwhile, construction has now started on the 2,500-square-foot Urban Bricks Pizza adjacent to Grub Burger. Known for homemade dough and fresh ingredients, Urban Bricks diners can customize their own salads and pizzas, including their choice of crust, sauce and combination of toppings. The restaurant will also provide delivery service.

The Shops will soon have yet another new retailer with the planned addition of men’s clothier Jos. A. Bank. Once constructed, the new 3,729-square-foot store will provide quality clothing for men and boys, including formal wear, suits, shoes and accessories for purchase or rental.

For more information on La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera, visit www.lapalmera.com, look for us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.

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