Make Magical Memories at Independence Center this Holiday Season: Santa Arrives November 4

Independence Center, Kansas City, Missouri’s leading shopping mall with more than 130 stores, will embrace the spirit of the holiday season with a variety of family friendly events and opportunities to give back to others. The center will officially kick off the season with the official arrival of Santa on November 4 at 6 p.m. Additional joyful activities will continue throughout the holidays including special Santa experiences, like Caring Santa and pet photos, live entertainment and more.

“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Independence Center is the annual family visit with Santa,” said Jessica Kinsey, director of marketing and business development at Independence Center. “The Simon Santa Photo Experience, plus our family oriented events and happenings, are sure to give shoppers joy throughout the season.”

This year, Independence Center is pleased to present the following enchanting holiday happenings:

Santa Arrival Celebration, November 4, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Independence Center will usher in the holiday season with Santa’s grand arrival. Families will enjoy sipping hot chocolate as they watch the Choir on Fire from Voy Spears Elementary School lead the way as Old St. Nick makes his debut for the season in a horse-drawn sleigh accompanied by elves outside of the entrance by Macy’s. Following the parade, families are invited to enjoy treats and create holiday-inspired crafts as they wait for their visit with Santa.

Simon® Santa Photo Experience, November 4 – December 24 As a kick-off to the season, eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience. Guests can save time and avoid lines by reserving their magical moment with Santa online, for a nominal fee, which will be used toward the purchase of any Santa photo package. Visit to reserve your moment. For a full list of Santa Photo hours, visit

Caring Santa, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and December 4, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Independence Center will provide children with special needs and their families with a sensory-friendly environment to safely experience the time-honored tradition and magic of Santa through the Caring Santa program. Guests must register in advance at Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in 2011 to 110 Simon malls today, a new high, reflecting the positive impact of this unique program.

Simon Kidgits Club’s Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Santa’s little helpers are invited to enjoy Breakfast with the big man himself during the Simon Kidgits Club’s Breakfast with Santa. As part of the morning of fun, children will enjoy festive arts and crafts, interactive games and a special appearance by the big man in red himself, who will read a book to the kids. RSVPs are required and may be made online at or by calling (816) 795-8602. RSVPs must be submitted by November 28 to reserve your spot.

Pet Photo Night with Santa, December 11, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sit. Stay. Pose. Local pet owners are invited to bring their furry family members to the center to fetch a photo with Santa as part of the center’s popular Pet Photo Night. Pets must remain on their leash while on property. Pet Photo Night will be hosted after regular mall closing and the set will get an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. Visits with Santa are complimentary; professional photos packages are available for purchase.

Save the Children Guests to every Noerr set will have another opportunity to share Santa’s heart by making a donation via The Noerr Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began five years ago, Noerr has collected over $1,000,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers.

The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by The Gymboree Corporation. The Gymboree Corporation is a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands.

The 2016 Simon Santa Photo Experience and Pet Photo Night are also sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of “The Secret Life of Pets,” available on Digital HD November 22 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 6. Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled activity sheet, a custom The Secret Life of Pets holiday headband, and watch highlights from the movie.

For more information, including a complete list of holiday hours, special events and retailers, visit or call (816) 795-8600. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @IndependencMall and on Instagram @IndependencMall.

About Independence Center Independence Center is Kansas City, Missouri’s leading shopping mall with more than 130 popular retail stores such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Forever 21, Sephora, Coach, Express, Victoria’s Secret and Old Navy. Shoppers enjoy its open-air lifestyle component with more stores, as well as delicious eateries like Applebee’s and Noodles and Company, and the area’s largest indoor children’s play area with a full-size carousel. Independence Center is located at 18801 E. 39th Street South in Independence, Missouri. For additional information, please contact Independence Center at (816) 795-8600 or visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @IndependencMall and on Instagram @IndependencMall.

About Simon Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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