Festive Flair

Holiday happenings at La Palmera

By: Sarona Winfrey

La Palmera will kick off the holiday shopping season once again by hosting thousands of Coastal Bend guests at its 10th annual holiday party to welcome Santa Claus. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., and it includes a parade and festive street fair, complete with live entertainment and music, highlighted, of course, by the arrival of Santa.

There will be some new twists this year, including an all-new illuminated outdoor parade to welcome Santa, presented by Apollo Towing. With a route spanning the front length of the mall, the parade will once again feature community groups, schools, marching bands and more.

Also new this year is an outdoor street festival set up near the food court with entertainment and a variety of vendors. Inside the mall, there will be live entertainment onstage in the food court area, with Santa’s Winter Wonderland in Center Court once again through Dec. 24, where boys and girls can meet Santa and pose for photos during mall hours.

“A lot of families attend each year, so we’ve tried to change things up where we can, adding new elements to keep the event fresh and fun for our guests,” said La Palmera General Manager and Vice President Fred Walters. “The addition of the parade last year was a big hit, so we wanted to embellish it a little by having the entries include holiday lighting of some sort. We also think the street fair will add a festive flair to the event.”

And while the holidays mean beloved traditions at La Palmera, they also means the start of the biggest shopping season of the year. At La Palmera, guests will find new options for both shopping and dining, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Located on the Main Level adjacent to Aldo, the shop offers an extensive line of premium chocolate candies and other confectionery treats, with a variety of premium fudges and other products prepared in the store.

A new 4,933-square-foot Bath & Body Works/White Barn store is scheduled to open for the holidays adjacent to Express. Nearly 2,000 square feet larger than the former Bath & Body Works store, the new location includes the company’s popular soaps, lotions and other personal care items, as well as an expanded selection of the popular White Barn candles.

Oakley is also slated to be open in its new larger location on Center Court featuring larger display areas, more apparel and changing rooms. Guests will also find popular stores such as H&M, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Pandora and Hallmark, as well as seasonal favorites including Hickory Farms.

For those who just can’t decide, a La Palmera gift card is the perfect choice. Available at Concierge in denominations from $10 to $500, the cards are good at most La Palmera stores and food locations.

If shopping makes you hungry, stop by the 600-seat La Palmera Cafés food court where you’ll find something for every taste, as well as full-service dining at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, LongHorn Steakhouse and Chili’s Grill and Bar.

La Palmera events, including times and dates, are subject to change. For more information on La Palmera, go online to www.lapalmera.com, follow us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.

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