Archives for December 6, 2013

THE SIMON SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE SET TO CREATE MORE MAGICAL MEMORIES AT DEL AMO FASHION CENTER

Eager children and their families can once again experience the magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at Del Amo Fashion Center. Children can be photographed with Santa through December 24 in his winter wonderland, in JoAnn’s Court. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/235319723295101/ for a complete list of dates and times.

 

HP is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Simon Santa Photo Experience and will demonstrate its next generation PCs, printers, and tablets in select malls this holiday season. The HP Holiday Workshops in select Simon malls will bring the thrill of gift giving back this holiday season with workshops powered by HP technology, ranging from the newest motion-sensing and touchscreen devices to stylish, sleek notebooks (and everything in between).

 

ABC Family, Universal and Gymboree are associate sponsors this year.

 

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas is sponsoring the Simon Santa Photo Experience for the ninth consecutive year. 25 Days of Christmas is the holiday viewing destination for holiday classics, blockbuster movies and original holiday programming, December 1 – 25. Visitors to the Simon Santa Photo Experience will receive a 25 Days of Christmas programming guide and scented holiday ornament.

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of Despicable Me 2, available on Digital HD on November 26 and Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on December 10. Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and pose for photos with the Minions standee while watching highlights from the movie.

 

Returning again as a sponsor this year is Gymboree. 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.

 

“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Del Amo Fashion Center is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center. “I know Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.”

 

WorldWide Photography, operators of the Santa Photo Experience at Del Amo Fashion Center, offers services in over 300 locations and 48 states nationwide, presenting more than 40 years combined experience. Widely known for Christmas and Easter photo memories, WWP provides more than just a photographic experience. WWP captures hearts, one smile at a time.

 

For more information, visit Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DelAmoFashionCenter, Twitter at https://twitter.com/delamofashion or Instagram at http://instagram.com/delamofashion.

 

About Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. It boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Coach, and more. Visit the outdoor promenade and enjoy dinner at Stacked or PF Changs before a movie at our 18 screen AMC Theater. The indoor mall offers fashion for women, men and children plus jewelry, footwear and electronics. Del Amo Fashion Center serves the nearby communities of Palos Verdes, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Gardena. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center or call 310-542-8525.

 

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a leader in the global retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in 326 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 241 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.

 

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). 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 Corporate.

CARING SANTA TO BE HELD AT THE SHOPS AT MISSION VIEJO

The Shops at Mission Viejo announced today that it will hold a Caring Santa™ event this holiday season on December 8th, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the lower level near Nordstrom. Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit the Simon® Santa Photo Experience.

 

The presenting sponsor for the 2013 Simon Santa Photo Experience is Microsoft retail store.

 

ABC Family, Universal and Gymboree are associate sponsors this year.

 

Caring Santa has been developed by Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the world’s leading retail real estate company and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community.

 

Simon’s Caring Santa program has grown in popularity in a few short years to become the most comprehensive offering of its type in the shopping center industry. Started in 2010 in just a handful of malls, today over 100 Simon regional malls participate. Last holiday season, the program was featured on such national outlets as ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and www.parents.com, and well-known regional outlets such as The Orange County Register.

 

Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa. This environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

 

  • Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the Santa set, dimming the lights, and shutting down fountains during the duration of the event.
  • Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
  • Special activities and stories geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

 

Sheryl Young, CEO of AbilityPath said, “That moment when a child gets to meet Santa is a magical one, and every child should get to have this magical moment. Unfortunately, many children with special needs have never had this opportunity. The hustle and bustle of the malls can be overwhelming to the children and their families. That is why we facilitate the Caring Santa Program with Simon Property Group; to create an environment that will lessen potential triggers for children with special needs.”

 

“We are thrilled to be the venue for this incredible event,” said Patsy Sanquist, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Mission Viejo. “The Caring Santa program brings a lot of joy to children with special needs and to see that happen at our mall is truly an honor.”

 

Participants are encouraged to RSVP for the Caring Santa event at The Shops at Mission Viejo by going to www.CaringSanta.com. The event is free and professional photo packages will be available for purchase through The Shops at Mission Viejo’s photo operator. The event will be held during private mall hours in order to provide a calmer sensory-friendly environment, so please enter the mall using The Cheesecake Factory entrance.

 

For more information, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShopsAtMissionViejo, Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShopsMV or Instagram at http://instagram.com/ShopsMV/.

 

 

About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. Home to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Paradise Bakery and Microsoft, recognized by the OC Register’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards for “best ice cream,” “best cookie,” and “best tech store” respectively, The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-mission-viejo or call 949-364-1771.

 

About Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is an S&P 100 company and a global leader in the retail real estate industry.  The Company currently owns or has an interest in more than 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising approximately 242 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the U.S.  For more information, visit simon.com.

 

 

 

About AbilityPath.org

AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life. The website combines social networking features with expert content from AbilityPath.org’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.AbilityPath.org was created by Community Gatepath, a nonprofit with over 90 years of experience serving families and children with special needs by fostering hope, dignity and independence. AbilityPath.org may also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

A CHILD’S HOLIDAY DREAM COME TRUE

Create fond family memories this Christmas at Patina Catering’s Breakfast with Santa at the Los Angeles Music Center and Descanso Gardens

WHAT:           In the spirit of the holidays, begin a new family tradition and treat your children to “Breakfast with Santa,” complete with a sumptuous buffet, children activity areas, gifts, a visit from Santa and his elves, plus more.  The festivities are offered at the downtown Los Angeles landmark The Music Center and the urban retreat of year-round natural beauty,Descanso Gardens, available on December 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2013.  After breakfast, make the day even more enjoyable with the family. The Music Center features daily matinees while Descanso Gardens offers beautiful botanical collections for a family walk.

 

At The Music Center, Patina Catering will serve a buffet-style breakfast with highlights such as a buttermilk maple waffle station, Chino Ranch scrambled eggs, hand carved honey mustard ham, delicious Christmas desserts and cookies plus a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne for the adults. Meanwhile, Descanso Gardens will feature Santa’s Fully Loaded French Toast Bar with buttery brioche French toast including an array of toppings, soft scramble eggs with cream fraiche and chives, honey glazed ham and a holiday cookie and cupcake workshop for children to build and decorate their own holiday treats.

 

THE LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA MENU:

 

Freshly Baked Pastries

with artisanal jams

House Cured and Smoked Skuna Bay Salmon

Cowgirl Creamery cream cheese, pickled red onions, organic lemons, chives, bagels from the Bagel Broker

Winter Waldorf Salad

Toasted walnuts, navel oranges, red flame grapes

Heirloom Beets

Belgium endive, stilton, port wine pears

Holiday Season Fruit Potpourri

Steel cut oats, Strauss Farms organic yogurt

Buttermilk Maple Waffles

Seasonal spiced apple compote

Stewed persimmons

Hot chocolate sauce

Whipped sweet cream butter

Creole bananas

Fluffy Chino Ranch Scrambled Eggs

Crispy Breakfast Bacon

Hand Carved Honey Mustard Christmas Ham

Artisanal Sausages from Patina Catering’s House Butcher Eugen Goetz

Crispy Potato Skins

with melted sweet onions

Assorted Christmas Desserts and Cookies from Patina Catering’s Patisserie

 

DESCANSO GARDENS

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA MENU:

Santa’s Fully Loaded French Toast Bar

Buttery brioche French toast

Served with an array of toppings to include:

Vermont maple syrup, Chantilly Cream, fresh strawberries, toasted nuts,

whipped sweet butter, wild flower honey, powdered sugar, cottage cheese, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, and maraschino cherries

North Pole Breakfast Station

Baker’s basket of fresh baked muffins, croissants and Danish pastries

with sweet butter and preserves

Wild berry and vanilla yogurt parfait, house made granola

Soft scrambled eggs with cream fraiche and chives

Yukon breakfast potatoes with caramelized onions and fresh herbs

Applewood smoked bacon

Turkey breakfast sausage

Honey glazed spiral sliced ham

Wild arugula, fresh Laura Chanel goat cheese, toasted almonds, balsamic vinaigrette

Baby mixed greens, roasted winter heirloom squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, walnut oil vinaigrette

Old Saint Nick’s Holiday Cookie and Cupcake Workshop

Build and decorate your own holiday cookies and cupcakes

Gingerbread cookies

Holiday sugar cookies

Mini vanilla cupcakes

Mini chocolate cupcakes

Mini red velvet cupcakes

Assorted frostings, candies and sprinkles for decorating

 

WHEN:           Available two weekends only:

                        The Music Center

December 14 & 15 and December 21 & 22

9:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.

                       

Descanso Gardens

December 14 & 15 and December 21 & 22

10:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.

                       

PRICE:            The Music Center

Adults, $55; Children, $25 (3 and under are free)

Family 4-pack: Two adults and two children for $135

 

Descanso Gardens

Members, $39; Non-Members $46; Children, $19 (ages 4-12)

 

RESERVATIONS:

                        Required; please contact the below numbers to reserve.

 

The Music Center

213.972.7565

 

Descanso Gardens

818.790.3663

 

WHERE:         The Music Center

135 N. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

            Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

 

ABOUT

PATINA

RESTAURANT

GROUP:         Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com), a bi-coastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry with over 60 establishments. On the West Coast, its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot at the Maguire Gardens, Catal Restaurant, C+M, and Ray’s & Stark Bar, honored by Esquire magazine as one of the “Best New Restaurants 2011.” Additional West Coast establishments include three restaurants in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.  On the East Coast, its portfolio features The Sea Grill, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fonda Del Sol and Lincoln Ristorante, also honored by Esquire magazine as a 2011 Best New Restaurant and named “The Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ Magazine