Scottsdale Quarter, the Valley’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 75 popular retail and dining choices, will usher in the holiday season with The Santa Social, its highly-anticipated holiday kick-off event on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in The Quad. The popular event, now in its seventh year, will feature a day of festive, family-friendly activities, including photos with the jolly man in red, live entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony and a movie under the stars.
“We’re excited to celebrate the season with The Santa Social, our annual holiday kick-off event, which has gained the reputation as the most festive holiday event in the Valley,” said Alison Goodman, marketing director at Scottsdale Quarter. “The Santa Social has become a tradition for families who flock to the center to officially kick-off the season of giving with a day of fun, while taking advantage of the great shopping and dining options at Scottsdale Quarter.”
Festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. and Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. Attendees will enjoy live holiday entertainment by Ooh La La Booths, interactive games and activities and more. In addition, the Arizona Animal Welfare League will have puppies available for adoption! New this year is a full, interactive Santa experience: in addition to Santa posing for pictures in front of an old-fashioned red Chevy, there will be two selfie stations and log cabins selling fantastic holiday-inspired items.
The celebration will culminate with the ceremonial lighting of the center’s 35-foot Christmas tree at 6 p.m. This symbolic occasion will be followed by the showing of an all-time holiday favorite, “Home Alone”. Families are invited to lay out blankets, grab a snack from one of Scottsdale Quarter’s delicious eateries and settle in for the movie at 6:15 p.m.
The Santa Social Schedule of Events:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Puppy adoptions with Arizona Animal Welfare League
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Caricature Artists
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Face Painting
11 a.m.: Santa arrives
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Photos with Santa (cost applies)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Kids Entertainment with Ooh La La Booths
6 p.m.: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
6:15 p.m.: Home Alone
Scottsdale Quarter will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. so visitors can take advantage of great Black Friday’s extended weekend offers at the center’s celebrated retailers.
The Santa Social is free and open to the public; costs apply to Santa photos. For more information, visit www.scottsdalequarter.com or call (480) 270-8123. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ScottsdaleQuarter, Twitter @ScottsdaleQrtr and on Instagram @ScottsdaleQuarter.