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Santa arrives Nov. 24 at Woodburn Premium Outlets

by: FILE PHOTO  - The Woodburn Premium Outlets The kickoff to the holiday shopping season will take place Nov. 24 at the Woodburn Premium Outlets.

A 75-foot white fir was scheduled to arrive Tuesday night from Northern California.

The tree will be lit Nov. 24 as part of a festive celebration that will include Santa’s arrival, caroling, facepainting and live reindeer, said Maura Eggan, Woodburn Premium Outlets’ vice president of marketing for the western region.

The live reindeer will be part of an elaborate unveiling of Santa, who will arrive in an antique trolley and take his position in a large gazebo at the outlet mall through Christmas Eve, Eggan said.

“The tree will be in the same place as always,” Eggan said. “We wanted to honor the Christmas traditions that have unfolded in Woodburn.”

One change this year will be the loss of Santa’s House, a custom-built structure that belonged to the previous owners, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Craig Realty Group LLC.

The mall was purchased for $147.7 million by Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. in May.

Santa’s arrival and is scheduled for 11 a.m. The celebrations will last through 7 p.m., Eggan said.

Midnight Madness, the traditional shopping frenzy that begins 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving with select stores, continues through the weekend.

“It’s very festive,” Eggan said. “It’s a little surreal to be there at 2 or 3 in the morning, but everyone’s in a good mood. It has evolved into a tradition.”

Bargain shoppers will find special deals at many of the roughly 128 stores at the outlet mall, which includes popular brands such as Adidas, Nike, Ann Taylor and Tommy Bahama.

The shopping extravaganza typically creates parking headaches at the mall, but that will be offset this year with parking at the city’s new transit facility, which was opened Nov. 1 as part of the Woodburn Interchange Project.

Premium Outlets is planning shuttle transportation from the transit center to the outlet mall from Thursday at 8 p.m. through 10 p.m. Friday when the center closes, according to Kristy Kummer-Pred, general manager of the Woodburn facility.

The mall also is expected to change the Woodburn Company Stores sign, which was the former name of the mall before it was purchased by Simon, sometime before Thanksgiving, Eggan said.

For more information on holiday plans at Woodburn Premium Outlets, visit www.premiumoutlets.com/woodburn.



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