Santa Claus to kick of magical new show November 13 at La Palmera holiday party

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 30, 2014) – Preparations are underway for La Palmera’s annual holiday party, but this time, the jolly man in red has some new magic up his sleeve.

This year’s event on Thursday, November 13, will feature the premiere of Holiday Light Spectacular, a new one-of-a-kind light show produced by Los Angeles-based PaintScaping and director Philippe Bergeron, which will magically transform La Palmera’s Center Court into a winter wonderland.

Santa Claus will be in Center Court to kick off the first show at 6 p.m. The evening also includes the traditional holiday party activities from 5-8 p.m., including arts and crafts, cookies and storytelling with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, as well as promotions and giveaways from La Palmera merchants to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Approximately 4-5 minutes in length, Holiday Light Spectacular will run three times nightly through December 12 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

“This is the kind of show you expect to see in Vegas, New York or L.A.,” said La Palmera General Manager Fred Walters. “We are very excited to be working with PaintScaping to bring this technology to the Coastal Bend for the first time. It’s also exciting to be adding this new element to our annual holiday party because we’re sure our guests are absolutely going to love it.”

Holiday Light Spectacular incorporates 3D projection mapping, merging real and virtual worlds by using walls instead of screens for a canvas and aligning dazzling light and animation with architectural features. The company has produced unique 3D mapping shows all over the world, including Orlando, Los Angeles, Quebec City, Hawaii, Cancun, Las Vegas, and Chicago.

“Indeed, the La Palmera holiday show will feature virtual snow, elves, and of course, Santa Claus, with vintage toys magically coming in and out of trap doors,” said PaintScaping President Philippe Bergeron. “Sometimes, it’s impossible to distinguish between what is real and what is not.”

Also a successful actor, Bergeron has appeared in numerous films and television shows such as Iron Man 2, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Rush Hour 3, Godzilla, Entourage, E.R., and Contact, working with some of the industry’s biggest stars including Nicolas Cage, Robert Downey Jr., Jodie Foster, Jamie Foxx, James Gandolfini, and Bradley Cooper.

“Show business is in my blood, so PaintScaping will bring a little bit of Hollywood to Corpus Christi,” said Bergeron. “The La Palmera show will be accompanied by soaring music just like in the movies.”

And just to make sure everything goes as planned for the big debut, Santa will be in town a little early this year, returning to La Palmera on Thursday, November 6. He’ll be meeting with boys and girls and posing for photos in Center Court beginning at 10 a.m. that day, and will be available through December 24 during regular mall hours.

For more information on the annual holiday party November 13, or visits with Santa Claus beginning November 6, go to lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-5718.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bergeron will be in Corpus Christi and available for interviews November 11-14.

ABOUT PAINTSCAPING

PaintScaping’s clients include MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil, Sony Pictures, Ritz-Carlton, Westin Hotels, Blue Man Group, Eminem, Los Angeles Kings, Rod Stewart, and Hershey Entertainment. For more information, visit www.PaintScaping.com.

ABOUT LA PALMERA

Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, La Palmera is a 1-million square foot super-regional mall with more than 100 retail and restaurant tenants including Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, P.F. Chang’s and Coach. Acquired in July 2008 by IMI and Trademark Property, La Palmera is the first mall to be awarded LEED® Silver for Core and Shell 2.0 established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mall features a 600-seat food court with a 4,500-gallon feature aquarium and a children’s ocean-themed play area. For more information on La Palmera, go to www.lapalmera.com; or call (361) 991-3755.