Make Magical Memories At The Simon Experience At The Shops At Montebello This Holiday 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 at The Shops at Montebello. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa every day until December 24 in his winter wonderland in Center Court. Visit for a complete list of dates and times.


Upon Santa’s arrival on November 7, he gave presents to 100 children selected by the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles. The children, ages 6 to 18, were selected based upon academic success.


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For local pet owners, the popular Pet Photo Nights with Santa will occur on Sunday, November 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.


The Simon Santa Photo Experience is again sponsored by 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.


Simon’s theme for Holiday 2014 is “Spread Love.” From the love of giving to those who matter to children’s love of Santa to celebrating love through holiday festivities with family and friends. Join Simon to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment.


During the holiday season The Shops at Montebello will be offering Surprise & Delight opportunities and shopper shuttles for mall guests. A giftwrap station will also be available near Guests Services in Center Court. Proceeds from the giftwrap station will benefit the Montebello-Commerce YMCA.


The Shops at Montebello will also host several holiday events. Join The Shops at Montebello on Saturday, November 15 for a member-only Kidgits Snow Day! The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. outdoors, next to Olive Garden. In addition to 20 tons of snow for Kidgits members to play in, there will be seasonal crafts, a face painter, balloon artist, and other kid-friendly fun. The KOST 103.5 Street Team will also be onsite providing entertainment. Not a member yet? Visit Simon Guest Services for membership details.


On Black Friday, shoppers spend a minimum of $150 can score a Disney Mickey or Minnie plush toy by presenting their receipts at Guest Services. Receipts must be from November 28 only, and the gift is limited to one plush toy per customer, while supplies last.


Guests can also enter to win a Disneyland family vacation from December 1 to 12 by entering at Guest Services. The prize package includes four one-day passes to Disneyland and overnight hotel accommodations.


The Shops at Montebello will also be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas from December 1 through 12 with daily giveaways and promotions. They’ll also have Friday Free Days on December 5 and 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Center Court. The first 100 shoppers will receive a shopping tote filled with retailer coupons and promotions, as well as a $10 retailer gift card.  Gift cards vary per shopping tote, and may include See’s Candy, Starbucks, Aeropostale, Express, Bath & Body Works, fye, Old Navy or Hollister.


“One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at The Shops at Montebello is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello. “I know Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.”


The popular Pet Photo Night makes its debut to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at Montebello this year. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.  Pet Photo Night at The Shops at Montebello will be on Sunday, November 30, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 7, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


The Noerr Programs, providers of the Simon Santa Photo Experience, will be sharing the heart of Santa online this holiday season through  “BeMerrySanta®”, where families can keep up with Santa’s daily musings on his Facebook page at, on Twitter @BeMerrySanta or Instagram at BeMerrySanta. Parents can also share their child’s good deed with Santa by going to his Magical Badge Generator at After their child creates their badge, they can show Santa on a mobile device or print out their child’s customized badge. He will merrily reward each child for their kind act with a very special chocolate treat from Lindt, while supplies last.
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 four years ago, Noerr has collected over $708,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers. Each holiday season, Noerr kicks off the fundraising campaign by visiting a Save the Children location. Each launch is connected to a Simon mall. This year, Santa will travel to the community of Union, South Carolina to spread holiday cheer for those in need.


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