Palm Beach County malls gear up for Black Friday, Santa’s arrival

Halloween costumes and candy are still lining store shelves, but Palm Beach County’s shopping malls are already gearing up for the holiday shopping season.

Some local malls have already announced Santa’s arrival, while others have released their holiday hours for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday — the official start of the winter shopping rush.

The Mall at Wellington Green will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day. The mall will reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

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Santa Claus is set to arrive at the Wellington mall on Nov. 10. He’ll make his grand entrance during a special pajama party, which begins at 6 p.m. The event also marks the opening of the mall’s ice palace.

The mall will host a special “Soothing Santa” event on Nov. 18 for children who would enjoy a quieter and calmer visit with St. Nick. The program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., is designed for children with Autism and other special needs. It allows them to visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. To reserve a spot, call (561) 932-3938.

The Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach will be offering free photos with Santa again this year. Santa arrives at the mall at 10 a.m. on Black Friday.

The outdoor shopping hub will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and remain open until 1 a.m. on Black Friday. The outlets will close for a brief period early Black Friday morning before reopening at 8 a.m.

The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. The mall will be opened from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

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The mall will hold its annual dance party to mark Santa’s arrival on Nov. 17. The event begins at 6 p.m, and Santa will start posing for photos at 7 p.m. For admission, families are asked to bring one unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Salvation Army.

The Boynton Beach Mall will celebrate Santa’s arrival on Nov. 25 with a special welcome parade. The event begins at 10 a.m., mall officials said.

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