Shoppers, local organizations and community members benefit from seasonal programs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 10, 2021) – The holidays are here and La Palmera is once again kicking off a number of its seasonal events and services.

Although many shoppers have already started gift buying this year, there are those who are planning to begin on Black Friday. The mall will be officially closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, with some stores, including JCPenney, planning to open early on Friday, Nov. 26.  Shoppers can access department stores directly through each individual store’s outer doors; mall doors will open at 7 a.m. for access to select stores planning to open early that day.

Meanwhile, La Palmera’s holiday happenings are already underway.

Boys and girls are invited to stop by for Visits with Santa Claus, presented by Apollo Towing, every day through Dec. 24 in Center Court. Walk-ups are welcome, but guests can skip the line by making a reservation with a Snap Pass, available on

“Pet Night with Santa” also returns for six nights beginning in November. Guests may bring their favorite dog or cat Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Nov. 23 and 24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and Dec. 7 and 8, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in Center Court. Only dogs and cats are permitted and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Walk-ups are welcome, but pet owners can skip the line with a Snap Pass photo reservation for their fur baby photo.

Shoppers can take advantage of La Palmera’s charity gift-wrapping service every Friday through Sunday beginning Nov. 26, plus the week leading up to Christmas. The gift–wrapping station is located on the Main Level near Concierge where volunteers from local charities will provide their wrapping services for donations each day from noon–6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12, from 10 a.m.–noon will be a wonderful opportunity for special needs children and their families to enjoy a visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment with extra time for those who may have developmental or physical challenges. Quiet Time with Santa provides special one-on-one time for photos with Santa before the mall opens — no fountain, no background music, no crowds. Reservations are required for this special event and can be made by going to Holidays 2021 at

The Salvation Army bell ringers will be stationed in their traditional locations at select mall entrances, and shoppers can help local children in need by “adopting” them from the Angel Tree located at Concierge. The tree is decorated with children’s names and their wish lists, including items such as toys, clothes, shoes, and more for shoppers to purchase. Each year, The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend helps provide Christmas gifts to over 1,300 local children.

La Palmera will also have special holiday shopping hours the week leading up to Christmas for last-minute purchases.

For more information on La Palmera holiday hours and events, go to Holidays 2021 at or call (361) 991-3755.