leashed or kenneled pets can visit with Santa in his new

Visit with Santa Claus: Nov. 15 – Dec. 24

Children and their families are invited to drop off letters to Santa, share their Christmas wish lists with Santa Claus and have a professional photo taken from Nov. 15 through Dec. 24 in Santa’s new home in the center’s brand-new “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” set on the Lower Level near Macy’s. The new interactive journey-to-Santa experience, which will entertain people of all ages – from families with children to teens, adults and senior citizens – is free and open to the public. For more information, including Santa’s hours, photo package selections, and a reservation tool to alleviate waiting in line, please visit https://www.shophawthornmall.com/events/.The Elf on the Shelf Santa Set Party: Nov. 16

On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Mall will host a party to highlight the center’s new “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” interactive holiday experience. iHeartMedia 93.9 will be on site to play live music and raffle eight tickets to the brand-new “The Elf on the Shelf: The Christmas Musical” (a $60 value) as well as other fabulous prizes donated by Hawthorn Mall retailers. The event takes place on the Lower Level near Macy’s. For more information, visit https://www.shophawthornmall.com/events/.”Soothing Santa” Sensory-Friendly Event: Dec. 1 and Dec. 8

Hawthorn Mall’s “Soothing Santa” event is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a visit with Santa Claus in a calming environment before the mall opens to the public. The event, which is free of charge, takes place on two Sundays, December 1st and December 8th, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the new “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” set on the Lower Level near Macy’s. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit https://www.shophawthornmall.com/events/.”Santa Paws” Pet Event: Dec. 5 and Dec. 12

Pet owners are invited to bring their four-legged friends to a special pet photo session with Santa Claus on two Thursdays in December: December 5th and Dec. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Well-mannered, leashed or kenneled pets can visit with Santa in his new “The Elf on the Shelf: Santa’s Magical Photo Adventure” holiday home located on the Lower Level near Macy’s while professional photographers capture the memories as Santa and each fur baby enjoy a warm encounter. Pets must enter the mall only through the Southwest entrance near Maggiano’s and may not leave the Macy’s court. Pets will enter a special line that takes them directly to Santa; they will not go through the experiential encounter.

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