WHAT: Hawthorn Mall, a super-regional shopping center in Vernon Hills, a suburb just north of Chicago (www.ShopHawthornMall.com), today announced a series of fun-filled and COVID-conscious seasonal events and activities. From an exciting Santa’s arrival celebration and visits with Santa in his brand-new holiday home to a special “Elf” movie night, this holiday season at Hawthorn Mall promises to be extra special. For live events, capacity will be limited, advance registration/tickets will be required, and COVID safety precautions including masks and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

  • Virtual Giving Tree: ‘Tis the season to help children in need! Due to COVID-19, donation drives have been paused, but there are still great ways to help children in need this holiday season. Hawthorn Mall is hosting a Virtual Giving Tree, held in cooperation with One Simple Wish, an organization dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy to children impacted by foster care. This year, Hawthorn Mall shoppers are invited to visit the tree near the Macy’s court, scan a QR code on the Virtual Giving Tree poster, or enter the website link to Hawthorn Mall’s One Simple Wish Virtual Giving Tree donation page. There, guests can choose from a variety of wishes to fulfill, or simply donate to the cause and let One Simple Wish use those donations to make the holidays a little brighter for children in the foster care system. This program takes place November 15th through December 19th. Learn more here: https://www.onesimplewish.org/giving/Hawthorn.
  • Festival of Trees:  Visit Hawthorn Mall to view the Festival of Trees displayed in H&M Court. All trees have been decorated by interior designers. The trees will be auctioned off or buy it now to benefit the Stepping Stones Network. The Stepping Stones Network is the only rehabilitation center in Illinois that takes in woman and their children who have been trafficked.To bid on trees, download the PWI Auction free app from the app store – Click on the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees Event and make sure to sign up for SMS alerts. Check out the raffle items and auctions items, support a good cause and win something for yourself or to gift to others!
  • The trees will later be auctioned, and Hawthorn Mall shoppers can bid on the trees here (via the website or app): http://ow.ly/pbkI30rfnh1.
  • Santa’s Arrival: Santa is coming to Hawthorn Mall! During his arrival celebration, which takes place on Black Friday, a very special costumed elf will escort Santa through the mall to the center’s brand-new interactive Santa set. The event will also feature live reindeer, themed giveaways and live music. Attendees who sign up for the mall’s MyPerks loyalty program at the table in Macy’s court will get a free elf-themed ornament. Escalated cleaning and safe-distancing protocols will be followed, and anyone over two years of age must wear a mask. This event is FREE of charge and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration will be required to ensure compliance with Illinois occupancy limits. Guests who make a reservation (no more than five people per family please) will also receive a special $5 discount off Santa Photo Package A; photos can be taken with Santa between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.  From November 27th through December 23rd, Santa’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a break from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day; on Christmas Eve, Santa’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Santa’s Arrival event will take place on Black Friday, November 27th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; to learn more or to register to attend Hawthorn Mall’s Santa’s arrival celebration, visit http://ow.ly/KXI230rhJJ7.


Santa’s Visits
November 27th – December 24th

Photos with Santa Claus. Holiday wish lists. Visits with Santa are all about you, and so are we. This year Hawthorn Mall is keeping you safe and delightfully distanced with a contactless Santa visit that includes the new Elf interactive photo experience.

Santa’s new Elf themed home is located lower level, Macy’s Court from November 27th through December 24th. The set is free and open to the public, professional photos are available for purchase. Children will still be able to talk with Santa from a safe distance to share their wish lists, or place a letter in Santa’s mailbox for him to read later. Santa and his guests will wear masks during their visit; photos will be taken with 6’ between Santa and his guests, and each picture will be professionally staged to minimize the visibility of that distance. To make this holiday season both a magical and safe experience, we strongly encourage guests to make a reservation for photos.
Reserve your spot here: ​https://bit.ly/3dE8isI

Santa Hours:
November 27th through December 23: Daily from 11:00am-7:00pm
Santa takes a milk & cookie break from 3:00pm-4:00pm

December 24th: 9:00am-5:00pm
Santa takes a milk & cookie break from 2:00-3:00pm

To learn more about Santa visits and pricing, visit the Hawthorn Mall website – https://bit.ly/36UojYA

To learn more about what to expect during your visit with Santa, including safety and cleaning protocols by the photo provider Cherry Hill Programs click here visit the website- https://cherryhillprograms.com/covidguidelines

Santa arrives Black Friday and a few of his reindeer will be there until noon outside near Tricoci and Maggiano’s!

Santa is coming to Hawthorn Mall! During his arrival celebration, Buddy the Elf will escort Santa through the mall to the center’s brand-new “Elf” Santa set. Attendees who sign up for MyPerks will get a free “Buddy the Elf” ornament. This event is FREE of charge and is open to the public, but capacity will be limited to the first 30 guests to register (no more than five people per family). Guests who make a reservation will also receive a special $5 discount off Santa Photo Package A. Santas reindeer will also be at the event until Noon!



Elf Drive-in Movie Night

December 12th 6:30 PM | Outer lot near AMC

Families are invited to attend a special showing of the holiday film “Elf” Saturday, December 12th. Tickets cost $5 per family, and advance registration is required to ensure compliance with Illinois occupancy requirements. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

Cars can arrive as early as 5:30pm.

This is a Drive-In event and will be hosted in the outer lot near AMC.

*Giveaways while supplies last

Live Painting Performance: This holiday season, The Gallery of Art and Collectibles, also known as “The Disney Gallery,” will host a very special live painting performance featuring the talents of speed-painting professional and Disney Fine Artist Stephen Fishwick. Fishwick began his career as a professional artist drawing caricatures and illustrations. His business experience includes nearly 20 years of producing artwork for some of the top brand names in corporate America, including Volkswagen, Petco, the San Diego Padres, Anheuser-Busch, Legoland, the San Antonio Spurs, Microsoft, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Honda and Jenny Craig. These experiences led Fishwick to found Art Attack, his own brand of “speed painting,” which he will perform live at Hawthorn Mall this holiday season. Fishwick will host two Art Attack exhibitions, complete with holiday-themed music, on Saturday, December 19th, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. on the lower level in Hawthorn Mall’s Center Park. Fishwick will offer a third performance on Sunday, December 20th, at 3 p.m. on the upper level at Center Park. COVID safety precautions including masks and social distancing will be strictly enforced, but no advance registration is required for these performances. For information on this event, please call the gallery at 800-650-2357. For information on other events taking place at Hawthorn Mall this holiday season, visit https://www.shophawthornmall.com/events/.

Virtual Bedtime Story with the Arendalle Sisters

Event Date: Dec. 8th at 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Visit Hawthorn Mall’s Facebook page for a Virtual bedtime story with the Arendalle Sisters. Watch the Live video for a bedtime story time, sing-a-long, Q&A, and more! Tune in at 6:30pm and don’t forget your PJs!

Holiday Blood Drive

Event Date: December 18th at 10:30-5:30pm

Tis the season of giving! Give the gift of live this holiday season at Hawthorn Mall’s blood drive. Donate blood on December 18th from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM in the MyPerks Lounge (Lower Level near the Kid Play Area).

To donate blood, follow the registration link below:

Enter blood drive code: code 179B

All participants will receive a reusable lunch bag and straw.

Holiday Perks

Register for Hawthorn MyPerks on your google play or app store and unlock 3 weekends of perks and the 10 days of giveaways for the holiday season. New members can download the app by searching “Hawthorn MyPerks” in their app store or google play. Becoming a member is FREE.


*This post is sponsored by Hawthorn Mall.

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