Anybody looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate the start of the holidays with their family has an entire circuit of shopping center and mall events to consider. The Promenade Shops at Briargate kick it off 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, with its "Light Up The Holidays" program, featuring live music, entertainers, facepainters for the kids, free hot chocolate and treats and free Colorado Blue Spruce tree seedlings to the first 500 people. And Santa will light the tree.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, The Outlets at Castle Rock will take delivery on what they claim is the tallest fresh cut tree in Colorado, a 75 foot white fir, that will be decorated with 10,000 lights in preparation for a lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
The Citadel will work with NORAD for its Santa Tracking kickoff promotion at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and Youth Symphony will perform and each family will receive one free photo with Santa.
On Nov. 18, Chapel Hills Mall will parlay its 9 a.m.-noon Santa arrival event with the Festival of Giving. Visitors who pay $5 -- all of which is donated to charity -- get breakfast with Santa, free facepainting, chair massage, giveaways and complimentary gift wrapping.