WOODBRIDGE – Santa Claus will arrive at Woodbridge Center on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in a parade with all of his holiday friends.
Lead by JFK Memorial High School Marching Band, the parade marches throughout the Woodbridge Center joined by costumed characters, holiday entertainers, the Avenel Detachment Marine Corps League, a local Daisy and Brownie Troop along with several store mascots, including the Chick-fil-A cow. Members of the Court will be protected by the dashing Knights from Medieval Times dinner and tournament show.
“This year, more than ever, we are going to make Santa’s arrival as exciting as we can.” said David Albertson, senior marketing manager for Woodbridge Center. “It’s a yearly tradition for our community and retailers and each year we do our very best to make our holiday season experience bigger and better.”
“This year the parade will be the longest it’s ever been.” said Albertson. “We feel this parade will lift the spirits of the community and shoppers alike with the terrible situations taking place over the last week or so due to the storms.”
Children and families will be able to get an up-close and personal experience with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Gingerbread Boy, Santa’s Elves, kids favorite TV characters and the Knights and Court members from New Jersey’s Medieval Times dinner show. They will also be able to meet Santa Claus and take photos with him.
While in line children can use five interactive stations to make snow, design wrapping paper, count gifts for Santa, create candy canes and make a wish into the Wish Tree at the ‘My Wish portal.’ Professional photos are available for families looking to capture the experience.
“Woodbridge Center is a family focused community shopping center. We support and embrace the community with local events and partnerships throughout the year. Having the opportunity to give the community a great Santa experience is special. I mean, where else in the entire state of New Jersey can you make it snow in a mall? This really highlights what the holiday spirit is all about,” Albertson said.
The Center will offer extended hours throughout the holiday season along with other programming such as midnight openings for select retailers of Black Friday, ‘Merrier Fridays’ shopping rewards, ‘St. Nick’s Pet Pics’ – pet pictures with Santa each and every Monday night from 5-9 p.m. at Santa’s Wish Workshop, Elf Academy and Spirit Night. Santa will dress up or wear sports gear from your favorite sports team. Charity Gift Wrap starting the day after Thanksgiving by Hadassah of Colonia.
In addition to their holiday offerings Woodbridge caters to families throughout the year with a carousel ride, train ride and ‘Tiny Town’, a soft play area for children. For more information, visit www.woodbridgecenter.com.