Prescott, AZ – The Prescott Gateway Mall is your place to shop for the holidays with scores of special events and promotions running from mid-November through the end of the year.
The festive fun begins with two special theatrical performances by children at the Prescott Gateway Mall and ends with shoppers' mad rush to capture all of the seasonal bargains. Experience "The Story of Hansel & Gretel" presented by the Show Time Community Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Performances will be at 6 PM each day, with matinees at 3 PM Nov. 10 and 17. Each show will run about an hour in Space 214, located in the Outdoor Village across from Macayo's. Price of the show is $8 for adults and $5 for those ages 18 and under. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Show Time Community Theatre.
And watch special excerpts of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet "The Nutcracker" by performers from Prescott YMCA Ballet December 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 2 and 4 PM in the Sears Court. Performances of "Nutcracker" are presented free to the public through sponsorships from Prescott Gateway Mall and the Prescott YMCA.
A holiday art contest for grades K through 8 is underway through Dec. 1, with five winners chosen in each of the following categories: grades K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Entries should be 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller and dropped off at guest services. Art content must be about Thanksgiving or Christmas. All winners' art will be featured at www.theprescottgatewaymall.com and on the mall's Facebook page. Winners will be notified of their prizes by Dec. 10. Detailed information regarding the art contest is available online or at guest services.
See's Candy just moved in near the JCPenney Court and Hickory Farms will be ready for business by mid-November. Another seasonal store, go! Calendars, has opened near the Food Court.
The excitement truly begins on November 17th when Santa arrives at 11 am, followed by cookie decorating fun for children from 2pm to 4pm (while supplies last). That evening, the Prescott Gateway Mall becomes aglow in holiday splendor with a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Heritage Circle in the Outdoor Village. Also, don't forget to have your picture taken with Santa at his cabin in the JCPenny Court from Nov. 17th through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th. Various photo packages will be available and priced accordingly.
Bright and early at 6am on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, receive a complimentary gift when you spend $100 or more at the mall and bring your receipts to the guest services desk. Also, be sure to pick up your Black List full of store discounts.
For power shoppers, child playcare is available for one child, two hours, $15 at Go Bananas! Gift wrapping services will be provided through the Xi Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi starting Dec. 8, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits.
While shopping, be sure to enter to win a $500.00 Gift Certificate courtesy of the Prescott Gateway Mall to spend at any of the more than 65 stores and restaurants at the mall that offer gift card services. The promotion will be held from November 12th-December 15th.
To truly embrace the joy of giving this holiday season, just look for one of the Salvation Army's Angel Trees near the Sear's entrance beginning November 23rd. Select an Angel from one of the trees and make a child's wish come true this Christmas. The last United Blood Services drive of 2012 will be Nov. 16 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room.
Shopping makes children hungry, so let them enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast with Santa in the Food Court by the fireplace on Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23. Santa's elves are busily planning fun crafts for Santa's Workshop on Dec. 15.
With so much to see and do to put you in the holiday mood, the place to be this season is the Prescott Gateway Mall! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Details: Prescott Gateway Mall, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Prescott, AZ 86303 http://www.theprescottgatewaymall.com Guest Services: 928-442-3684