We just finished Halloween so now it's time to start thinking Christmas, right? Of course. And what better way to welcome Santa back home to Woodland Mall than with a parade!

With the annual downtown Santa Claus Parade cancelled this year, Woodland Mall is filling that gap with a Santa Claus Parade of their own.

The parade will be held November 20 led by the Kentwood High School Dance Team. From 10 a.m. to noon, Santa will be escorted on a train alongside a holiday penguin, traveling juggler and magician. The parade route will start in the Von Maur wing, travel through the JCPenney wing and end at Macy’s court.

Last year, 2020, was a tough year of celebrations, but this year, 2021, Woodland Mall has decorated its halls and is welcoming all to celebrate the holiday season and its traditions with special holiday shopping and festivities.

Fox 17 reported that photos with Santa, Black Friday shopping and deals are all in store, as well as an Angel Tree benefiting families with the Salvation Army.

It is exciting to see Woodland Mall transform again for the most exciting time of the year.

Actually, Santa will return to his seat at the mall beginning November 17 and be there through Dec. 24 to listen to every child’s Christmas wish and can even read them a book.

The mall is stressing that reservations are a great idea to see Santa, but not required to have a photo taken with with the jolly old Elf.


A new addition this year, “Fur babies,” dogs, cats and even fine feathered friends, will be welcome to visit Santa on Mondays starting Nov. 22 through Dec. 20. All pets must be kept on a leash at all time, or in a crate.

Woodland Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow retail employees to enjoy the holiday with their families.

The mall will reopen at 7 a.m. the following day so guests can enjoy an early start to the traditional shopping weekend.

Shoppers will find the Salvation Army Angel Tree in the Macy’s wing near Apple starting Nov. 19 through Dec. 15.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Mall Management Office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After office hours, gifts can be dropped off with mall security.

The crowds are always huge at the mall, so their suggesting to shop Monday through Thursday when traffic tends to be lighter if at all possible.

Here are the Mall hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the mall will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Woodland Mall will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 26.


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