For years, NoVA residents who want to shop for the holidays in a big way head to Tysons Corner Center. And though things are somewhat different in 2020, it remains one of the region’s premier places to safely and conveniently snag everything you need for meaningful celebrations.
Shoppers will find safety protocols including state-of-the-art HVAC systems, frequently-cleaned surfaces, including electrostatic sprayers, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing even in queues, mask requirements, contactless payment options and plexiglass shields. The new “Wellness Rewards” program awards shoppers gift cards and other small prizes when mall ambassadors see them following protocols.
New brands at TCC include Purple Mattress, Elite Jewelers, Brow and Body Spa, A Christmas to Remember, Tailor on Tap, Lids, See’s Candies, Neuhaus Chocolate and Tonal. There are also new ways to shop and dine to tailor the experience. Curbside pickup is available for select retailers and restaurants, with three curbside zone locations outside the mall; contact stores for specific hours, merchandise availability and ordering and payment options. Tysons has partnered with Waitwhile, a virtual waitlight that lets shoppers wait anywhere for a text which will let them know when it’s their turn to visit the store, minimizing wait times and reducing queue lines. Restaurants are providing curbside pickup, takeout as well as social distancing in restaurant and reservation options. Outdoor dining options will also be available on the Plaza via Barrel & Bushel holiday-themed patio, launching in late November.
Of course, no holiday trip to the mall would be the same without a visit with Santa. From Nov. 20 through Dec. 24, Santa will be seated at a healthy distance from his guests, with a physical barrier to prevent young guests from trying to sit on Santa’s lap, and everyone will wear masks in a contactless visit and photo experience. Reservations for visits and photos with Santa are suggested but not required.
Other signature events include Holiday Drive-In Movies on Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Home Alone and Dec. 4 for Elf, with food available from participating eateries, live entertainment, trivia and music. Tickets for Elf will be released the week of Nov. 23 and reservations are required with a donation of $10 or more to Food for Others.
From Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, guests at Grinch’s Grotto will get to meet and interact with The Grinch in his cave; reservations are required for admission, which includes a printed photo with a playful catchphrase and a collectible Grinch ornament; a ticket secures the time for up to five members of your group to meet The Grinch.
For those wishing to give back, WGTS and the Salvation Army are hosting a Stuff-a-Truck Event on Friday, Dec. 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., during which The Johnny and Stacey show will broadcast live from the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center near the Plaza, encouraging listeners to help “Stuff the Truck” with toys for donation. On Monday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., TCC is partnering with INOVA Blood Donor Services for a holiday blood drive; donors will be given season treats, and you can sign up here.
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