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Local Residents Dreaming of a White Christmas Find a Winter Wonderland at Ala Moana Center

Local Residents Dreaming of a White Christmas Find a Winter Wonderland at Ala Moana Center (Forimmediaterelease.net) Ala Moana Center captures the magic of the holiday season for local shoppers

It may be 80 degrees outside but this year you and your family can still experience a white Christmas at Ala Moana Center. The magic begins November 23, when Ala Moana Center’s popular “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” holiday experience returns, offering shoppers a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland at the state’s largest mall.

The popular “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” features the returning stage show and parade, which brings to life Lisa Matsumoto’s children’s storybook of the same name. The 30-minute stage show follows the adventures of Merry, one of Santa’s elves, who falls from the sleigh and gets lost in Hawaii. At the conclusion of every extraordinary performance, a simulated “snowfall” flutters down upon Ala Moana’s Centerstage.

Also be sure to stick around following the show as Santa and the entire “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” cast ride through Ala Moana Center in Hawaii’s only holiday mall parade.

And of course the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa at Ala Moana Center’s Menehune Toy Shop – which arrives November 10 — with animatronic elves and a real waterfall. Another feature of “The Christmas Gift of Aloha,” the Candy Cane Train, is brought to life as it carries its riders on a holiday journey around the Mall Level.

With close to 9,000 parking stalls, simple valet parking, helpful concierges and extended holiday hours, you and your family can celebrate the holidays with an unforgettable day of shopping and entertainment at Ala Moana Center.

Ala Moana Center’s lineup of festive holiday events include:

Here Comes Santa Claus
He’s been checking his list all year long, and on November 10, Santa arrives at Ala Moana Center to tell local children just how nice they’ve been. Santa’s Menehune Toy Shop is presented by Gymboree and opens at 10 a.m. daily from November 10 through December 24 at Ala Moana Center’s Street Level across from Centerstage. The Menehune Toy Shop features animatronic elves, Hawaiian toys and gifts as well as a real waterfall that keeps kids entertained as they wait for their chance to meet the jolly man himself. Photos with Santa start at $15.99.

Choo! Choo!
This year Ala Moana Center’s Candy Cane Train rolls into town starting Saturday, November 10. Inspired by “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” storybook, the 30-foot long train will carry keiki on a fun-filled, sing-along journey through Ala Moana Center. The Candy Cane Train opens at 10 a.m. daily on Ala Moana Center’s Mall Level near Center Court. The ride is open to children ages 12 and under who are able to sit independently. Don’t miss the Candy Cane Train as it makes regular runs November 10 & 11, November 17 & 18, and November 23 through December 28. Rides cost $7 per child.

Ready, Set, Shop
This year, spend your day after Thanksgiving, receiving great bargains and amenities at Ala Moana Center. Beginning bright and early at 6 a.m., Ala Moana Center hosts its first “The Thanks-GETTING Day Event” on Friday, November 23. Throughout the day shoppers will get to take advantage of special door busters and a helpful cheat sheet outlining sales events going on mall-wide. The first 500 shoppers to show their same-day receipts totaling $500 or more, will also receive a free $25 gift card at the mall’s Customer Service Center and all shoppers can benefit from free valet parking services simply by printing out a coupon from Ala Moana Center’s website at www.alamoanacenter.com/thanksgettingday.htm, accept assistance from a dozen roaming holiday concierges, and enjoy complimentary bottled water.

A Hawaiian Holiday Experience
It’s a winter wonderland at Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage as “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” returns for another year spreading the holiday spirit to local families and shoppers. The enchanting, 30-minute live musical performance is based on the children’s book by the same name and features the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated soundtrack, with a simulated snowfall following the conclusion of every performance. After the program, stick around and watch Santa, as well as members from the show, ride through the center in a parade. “The Christmas Gift of Aloha” will run from November 23 through December 23 (except on Mondays) and starts at 6 p.m. daily. The parade follows the conclusion of each performance at 7 p.m. on the Mall Level. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ala Moana Center’s convenient services include:

Holiday Hours
November 22 CLOSED – Thanksgiving Day Holiday
November 23 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
November 24 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
November 25 – 29 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
November 30 – December 13 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
December 14 – 23 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
December 24 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
December 25 CLOSED – Christmas Day Holiday
December 26 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
December 27 – 29 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
December 30 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
December 31 – January 1 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Restaurant and department store hours may vary.

At Your Service
Ala Moana Center’s friendly and helpful Customer Service Center, located on the Street Level across from Centerstage is available during mall hours to help guests with their shopping needs. Stop by to learn more about store and transportation information, holiday events, purchase gift cards, check out a complimentary wheel chair, or to have any of your mall questions answered.

A Gift for All Ages
Can’t figure out what to get for your niece or the coworker that already has everything? Head down to Ala Moana Center’s Customer Service Center and pick up Ala Moana Center gift cards for a simple and thoughtful gift. Ala Moana Center gift cards are good at nearly all of the malls more than 260 stores and restaurants and are available in $20 to $500 denominations. No fees apply and cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Curbside Service
To help make your shopping experience even more hassle-free, enjoy convenient valet parking on the Mall Level, mauka side near Gap. Valet service is available for $5, daily from 10 a.m. through midnight.

Holiday Concierge
Have a quick query but can’t make it down to Customer Service? Look no further than Ala Moana Center’s Holiday Concierges, who can be found at various locations throughout the mall to help with all your shopping questions and needs. Holiday Concierges are on duty during mall hours November 23-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 14-24 and 26.

For more information on Ala Moana Center, visit www.alamoanacenter.com/holiday or contact Customer Service Center at 808-955-9517.

ABOUT ALA MOANA CENTER
Ala Moana Center is recognized as one of America's Premier Shopping Places, the nation's largest collection of tourism-oriented shopping and dining destinations located throughout the U.S.A. For a complete listing of America's Premier Shopping Places and special offers for travelers, please visit www.AmericasShoppingPlaces.com.

Ala Moana Center is the world’s largest outdoor shopping center and Hawaii’s premier shopping, entertainment, and dining destination with 260 stores, including nearly 70 dining options. Ala Moana Center features a diverse collection of stores including locally owned boutiques and national retailers. Visit www.AlaMoanaCenter.com for more information.

Ala Moana Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth’s international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The Company’s portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit www.ggp.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kathy Anderson
AZ Travel Marketing, Inc.
P:602-678-1007 / F:602-678-1014
shoppingplaces@aol.com

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