It’s on your to-do list, so you might as well make it fun. No, we’re not talking about cleaning or going to the gym, we’re talking about holiday shopping, which is slowly creeping up your list as the holiday season inches closer and closer.
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In Northern Virginia, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets are making the holiday season extra special with photos with Santa, a festival of trees, gift-wrapping stations and more. See below for more details on each location’s offerings.
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington
Photos with Santa
Nov. 8-Dec. 24
Capture the holiday season in a classic photo with Santa, who can be found on the first level in Nordstrom Court. The photos will be available for purchase, and guests should check this link to see Santa’s daily photo schedule, as well as photo package pricing.
There will also be a private event held on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. called “Caring Santa,” designed for children and young adults with special needs. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will make necessary adjustments to be sensory-friendly. To reserve the free Caring Santa session, click here.
There will also be a pet photo night on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., where leashed pets can come capture a special photo with Santa too. Register here.
White House Historical Association Kiosk
Nov. 16-Dec. 24
Want to purchase the official 2019 White House Christmas ornament? Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will have a White House Historical Association Kiosk, located at the Santa Set, for guests to buy the ornament.
Festival of the Trees
Nov. 23-Dec. 24
A variety of Christmas trees decorated by local nonprofits and organizations will be on display at the shopping center, and visitors can meet with organization representatives, drink hot chocolate and create holiday-themed crafts as they peruse the tree displays.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Provide holiday gifts to those in need through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Shoppers can select an angel card from the tree, located at the Santa Set on the first level near Nordstrom, and return their unwrapped gift with the angel card to the management office, located on the Metro Level. The management office will receive gifts Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holiday Gift Wrap Station
Not great at wrapping gifts? Leave it to the experts. For a small fee (all proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organization), any product bought at the Fashion Centre can be beautifully wrapped. This service is offered from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Sounds of the Season
Throughout the holiday season, musical performances by a variety of local schools and entertainers will be held at the shopping center.
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
241 Fort Evans Road NE, Leesburg
Toys for Tots
Throughout November and December, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets will pair up with the United States Marine Corps to make the holiday season extra bright for less-fortunate families. Guests can drop off new, unwrapped toys at various locations around the center to donate to the cause.
Black Friday Shopping Entertainment
A DJ will play Christmas songs and other holiday favorites from midnight to 3 a.m. while shoppers get a head start on their holiday lists.
Holiday Gift Wrap Station
Get your gifts wrapped for a nominal fee, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. This service will be offered in the food hall. For specific times and dates, visit premiumoutlets.com/outlet/leesburgcorner.