I’ll never forget visiting Santa with the 5 kids 2 years ago at our local mall. Victoria was 2 years old and (literally) a ball of energy… as were her 4 older brothers at that time, too! Since getting a photo with Santa is a holiday tradition, I knew we had to wait in the 45 minute line. Coming back later wasn’t an option. They were dressed perfectly and all matched. Their hair was done. They had their Santa lists. This WAS happening. I’m not kidding, after we waited in the 45 minute line and finally getting our photo with Santa it felt as if I had run a marathon. I was sweating, exhausted and just wiped out! Santa was great, but it wasn’t easy trying to keep the 5 kids entertained and occupied while we waited.
Well, thankfully this year we don’t have to do that… thanks to Simon Malls!
They have Santa By Appointment through Christmas Eve in their New England locations:
- Auburn Mall – Auburn, MA
- Burlington Mall – Burlington, MA
- Cape Cod Mall – Hyannis, MA
- Crystal Mall – Waterford, CT
- Emerald Square Mall — North Attleboro, MA
- Northshore Mall – Peabody, MA
- Pheasant Lane Mall – Nashua, NH
- Solomon Pond Mall – Marlborough, MA
- South Shore Plaza – Braintree, MA
- Square One Mall – Saugus, MA
- The Mall at Fox Run – Newington, NH
- The Mall at Rockingham Park – Salem, NH
- The Mall of New Hampshire – Manchester, NH
- The Shops at Chestnut Hill – Chestnut Hill, MA
Talk about the easiest and most convenient way to meet Santa, especially during peak hours – which is usually in the afternoon or in the evening. I took Victoria earlier this week on a holiday Mommy and Me shopping day and got to experience Santa By Appointment up close and personal, it was amazingly a holiday breeze!
I went to SimonSanta.com and made an appointment the day before once I knew what time I needed with her… and viola! You enter your zip, what location you prefer and what time you would like… just like that you’re booked!
When we showed up at South Shore Plaza, it was so easy! We just walked right to the gorgeous holiday display where Santa is ready for photos and found the Reservation spot!
It was awesome to not have to wait at all because if you know my daughter, you know she never stands still!
And then we had our special Mommy and Me moment with Santa! She asked for 3 things:
- Barbie Dream House
- American Girl Pony
- Skye Stuffed Animal
Afterwards we got to look at a few options and decide what photo we wanted and what package! They really do make it very simple and seamless for you!
And then off we went to enjoy a full day at South Shore Plaza of shopping and shopping and a little bit of delicious eating in there, too! 🙂
Also, if you’re a lover of the South Shore Plaza, they have an incredible Giving Tree going on, too!
Cradles to Crayons Holiday Giving Tree at South Shore Plaza
Monday, November 20th – Monday, December 18th – During Regular + Holiday Hours
Simon Guest Services & Nordstrom, Lower Level
Make a local child feel special this holiday season during this year’s Giving Tree at South Shore Plaza in partnership with Cradles to Crayons. Pick a tag from the Giving Tree in the Nordstrom Wing and purchase the “wish” item for a child in need. Bring the unwrapped gift (and its tag) to Guest Services, no later than December 18th.
And here are some amazing other holiday happenings going on with Simon Malls:
Burlington Mall Hosts Annual Wish Tree to Support Burlington’s People Helping People
Friday, November 24th – Wednesday, December 13th
Lord & Taylor Wing, Upper Level
Burlington Mall will host the annual Holiday Wish Tree to support People Helping People. The Wish Tree has been a staple at the mall over the holidays for almost 20 years. It is a way for local residents to help families in need within the community during the holiday season.
- Shoppers choose a Wish card displayed on the volunteer table
- A People Helping People volunteer will transfer the information from the Wish card onto an ornament
- After the wish has been fulfilled, shoppers return the ornament along with the wish item to the People Helping People table by 8:00p.m., on Wednesday, December 13th
- The ornament will then be added to the People Helping People Christmas tree on display on the Upper Level of the Lord & Taylor wing.
Seasonal Giftcard Booth at Square One Mall
Friday, November 24th through Sunday, December 24th
During Select Mall Hours
Center Court, Upper Level
Shoppers buying for those who may want to pick out their gifts themselves with a Visa or American Express Simon Giftcard®, as well as dozens of other retailer and restaurant gift cards, can purchase giftcards throughout the season at a special holiday booth set up on the upper level of Center Court.
Toys for Tots Drive with U.S. Marine Corps at Crystal Mall
Crystal Mall will partner again with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive this holiday season. Shoppers can drop off toy donations on the Upper Level of the mall near FYE and Macy’s from Friday, November 24th – Sunday, December 24th.
Giving Tree with Salvation Army + Elves for Elders at Emerald Square Mall
Shoppers can help a local family or senior in need this holiday season during this year’s Giving Tree at Emerald Square in partnership with the Salvation Army and Elves for Elders. Pick a tag from either Giving Tree, located by the mall’s Play Area on Level 1, and purchase the “wish” item for a local resident in need. Bring the unwrapped gift (and its tag) to the Mall Management Office on Level 2 near Sears no later than Friday, December 15th.
Giving Tree with Rockingham Community Action at The Mall at Fox Run
Now through Sunday, December 10th
The Mall at Fox Run has partnered with Rockingham Community Action again this year to collect presents for families in need throughout the holiday season. Shoppers can stop by the Giving Tree in the Food Court and choose tags for children and the elderly from the tree, and then can drop off unwrapped presents with the tags to Simon Guest Services by Sunday, December 10th in order to ensure families get their presents in time.
Toys for Tots Program at Mall of New Hampshire
Tuesday, November 21st – Sunday, December 24th – during mall hours
The Mall of New Hampshire is proud to partner once again with the U.S. Marine Corps on the 32nd annual Toys for Tots campaign in an effort to provide thousands of New Hampshire children with gifts for the holiday season. Area shoppers are invited to drop off toys in the red sleigh in JCPenney Court from Tuesday, November 21st through Sunday, December 24th during mall hours.
Holiday Giving Tree with the Salvation Army at Pheasant Lane Mall
Monday, November 20th – Sunday, December 24th
Located on Upper Level by American Eagle
Pheasant Lane Mall will host a holiday giving tree with the Salvation Army as a way for local residents to help families in need within the community during the holiday season. Shoppers can visit the tree on the Upper Level by American Eagle to donate and learn more.
Donate to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at The Shops at Chestnut Hill
Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 17th
Mall Office, Lower Level
Help those in need by donating an item (clothing / toys) to the Department of Children and Families. Visit the Mall Office (near Bloomingdale’s Home, Lower Level) to drop off the item. Bring the unwrapped gift to the Mall Office by Saturday, December 17th.
Disclosure: I partnered with Simon for the day, all opinions are 100% my own.