Hillside Village will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with its Village Lights festival, featuring the 9th annual Magical Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival. In addition, the shopping center will offer a lineup of free, family friendly events and activities throughout the season.
“We always look forward to celebrating the start of the holiday season at Hillside Village with our much-anticipated tree lighting, and of course, Santa’s arrival,” said Maranda Auzenne, general manager of Hillside Village. “We are also excited to welcome two new tenants just in time for the holidays, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Inc. and new fashion concept F21 Red.”
Emcee Tara Ward from the 102.9 NOW morning show will kick off the festivities at 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will pass out cookies, and guests can enjoy holiday crafts, caroling and face painting. Complimentary carriage rides are available until 8 p.m. and pick up will be on the east side of the center, near Décor Market and Honey Baked Ham.
Upon his arrival at 6:30 p.m., Santa and Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke will flip the switch to illuminate the 100,000 lights on Hillside Village’s 30-foot, interactive tree. Located in the Village Green, the tree is programmed to play a holiday song every 20 minutes, synchronized with dancing lights. Santa will be available to take photos and hear wishes following the event until 8 p.m.
Events continuing throughout the holiday season include:
- Black Friday Holiday Shopping Promotions: Nov. 25 & 26
Guests will receive a $30 Hillside Village gift card when they spend $150 at the shopping center on Black Friday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Guests receive a $15 gift card from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25 and on Nov. 26, with $150 in same-day Hillside Village receipts. To obtain the gift cards, guests should bring their same-day receipts (as proof of purchase) to the Guest Service center located at the Village Green. Gift cards are available while supplies last. Limit one gift card, per person, per day. Excludes Dillard’s receipts. Other restrictions may apply. Must be 16 years or older. For complete details, please visit www.shophillsidevillage.com.
- Our Gift to Shoppers, Dec. 14 – 24
Receive a $10 Hillside Village gift card with the purchase of three Hillside Village gift cards valued $15 or more while supplies last.
- Snow in the Village Green: Friday and Saturdays starting on Nov. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Let it snow! Experience the magic of the season when snow falls in the Village Green.
- Smiles with Santa: Nov. 19 – Dec. 24
Santa will be available to take photos with children and listen to holiday wishes through Christmas Eve, located in space #720, at the corner between Great American Cookie and Journey’s. Holiday photo packages start at $23. For daily Santa hours, visit www.shophillsidevillage.com.
- Santa Paws Pet Photos: Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Four-legged friends will have their own special time for photos with Santa. Dogs and cats must be leashed or kept in an appropriate carrier while at Hillside Village. On Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, $5 from the sale of each photo package will be donated to Tri County Animal Shelter.
- Elf Academy: Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to noon
Kids can create special holiday craft projects to take home with a special treat. This free project is geared toward children from pre-school through elementary ages and takes place in space #202, between H&M and Papaya.
- A Very Jazzy Christmas: Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., Dec. 11 & 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
While you shop, enjoy performances of your favorite holiday tunes by local duo Eddie & Debi Crocetti Jazz. Performances will be at the Village Green near James Avery.
- Community Gift Wrapping Station, Dec. 10 & 11
Holiday gift wrapping benefiting the Police Academy of Citizens Police Academy Alumni Volunteers is available in space #202, between H&M and Charlotte Russe. Large packages are $4, small packages are $2. Additional donations are always welcome.
Hillside Village is located at 305 West F.M. 1382 in Cedar Hill, Texas. For more information, please visit www.shophillsidevillage.com or interact with the shopping center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.