Ho-Ho-Holidays! Santa Arrives at Great Northern Mall Plus Pet Photos, A Jolly Parade and More Beginning November 10

Ho-Ho-Holidays! Santa Arrives at Great Northern Mall Plus Pet Photos, A Jolly Parade and More Beginning November 10



Ho-Ho-Holidays! Santa Arrives at Great Northern Mall

Plus Pet Photos, A Jolly Parade and More Beginning November 10


Santa’s in sight! Great Northern Mall is ready for the holidays with gift ideas, inspiration for home holiday décor, fashionable styles for the season and some time with Santa for your beloved four-legged family members. Whether you’re reveling in holiday traditions or creating new memories, Great Northern Mall has memories in the making. Check our events page for updates on the happenings below.
University Hospitals Live 360° Studio Events

It’s time for many holiday activities that are fun for the entire family in our University Hospitals Live 360° Studio located near Macy’s. See details below.


Get Fit Saturdays

Saturdays, Nov. 4-Dec. 30, 1:30 p.m.

Get your heart pumping with our free fitness classes led by instructors from the North Olmsted Recreation Center. Enjoy POUND!, Zumba or yoga classes to the tunes of holiday classics.


Let’s Talk Books and Beans

Thu., Dec. 7, 3 p.m.

Dive into a special holiday edition for our adult book club led by a librarian from the Cuyahoga County Public
Library, North Olmsted Branch. Participants can also enjoy eggnog and other holiday treats in the Book Nook.


Holiday Art Class for Kids

Mon., Dec. 11, 3 p.m.

Looking to make a holiday craft for someone special? Bring the kids for an art class with Olmsted
Performing Arts. After, kids are welcome to take the craft home to share with their family.


Family Storytime

Tue., Dec. 19, 11 a.m.

Join us for this jolly event as kids listen to holiday stories read by a North Olmsted Library librarian and munch on a delicious snack.


The University Hospitals Live 360° Studio holds events that are part of Great Northern Mall Live 360°, (audio pronunciation here), an engaging program designed for the community, by the community. Through the support and involvement of community leaders and influencers, Great Northern Mall strives to create a space to foster happy, healthy communities. Great Northern Mall will serve as the host for an interactive program of classes, demonstrations, workshops and more - allowing the community to actively engage around their interests.


Santa’s Holiday Parade and Arrival
Fri., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

It’s time to welcome the jolly one himself! Santa arrives to officially welcome the holiday season with a mallwide parade, led by the Westlake High School drumline, with all of his holiday friends including a very special guest as the grand marshal. The first 100 kids who visit Santa after the parade will receive a free gift.


Wishes and Photos with Santa
This is one of the most magical times of the year for children – time to visit with Santa and share their wish list. And for parents? It’s time to capture memories with photos of youngsters on Santa’s lap in Center Court. As a special gift, kids who visit Santa will receive a complimentary Santa plate for the family. Those who purchase a photo package will receive a $20 promo card from Shutterfly and one free phone call from Santa.


Santa’s FastPass will be available again this year. Santa’s FastPass is a convenient time-saving service that enables guests to preorder their photo package online before their Santa visit and go to the FastPass line. Santa’s FastPass will be available for purchase soon on our events page. Anyone purchasing a Santa’s FastPass photo package will receive the Shutterfly promo card and three free phone calls from Santa.

Sat., Nov. 11-Fri., Dec. 22:

  • Mondays-Saturdays: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • Sundays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 23: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Christmas Eve, Sun., Dec. 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

*Santa photo hours will be extended on Sunday, December 17 to 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

*Santa will not be available for photos on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23.


Holiday Performances

Select dates from Nov. 11-Dec. 21, Times will vary

Celebrate the holiday season with performances from talented artists. Local theater and music groups including Olmsted Performing Arts, North Pointe Ballet, Lee Burneson Jazz Band and Eastern Middle School are bringing the spirit of the holiday season to our center. For more details on dates and times, please check our events page soon.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Thu., Nov. 23, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., Nov. 24, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
It’s happening – the year’s greatest shopping day is here! Shop Great Northern Mall for the hottest holiday deals. Shoppers can also enjoy free holiday gift wrapping in the University Hospitals Live 360° Studio. Donations will benefit local charitable organizations.

Soothing Santa
Sundays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Santa​ ​welcomes children​ ​of all ages and abilities! These ​soothing​ ​and sensory-friendly​ ​events​ ​for​ ​children​ ​with​ ​special​ ​needs​ ​allow families to experience a time-honored tradition with​ ​Santa in Center Court sponsored by Northern Premier Electric. This year,​ ​we’re​ ​partnering​ ​with​ ​​Autism​ ​Speaks​ and will collect donations during the events. All families will also receive the option for a quiet train ride throughout the mall, compliments of All Smiles Aboard.  More details on how to register for the event will be available on our events page or by calling 440-734-6304. Space is limited.

Paws with Claus Pet Photos
Sundays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m.
While many of us take pictures of our pets every day, this is a special time of year for our furry family members (and their moms and dads). Well-mannered cats and dogs are invited to spend time with Santa in Center Court– and have photos taken to mark the occasion. Aussie Pet Mobile will be on-site for giveaways for all of our four-legged guests (while supplies last). All guests must enter through the mall entrance located between Dick’s Sporting Goods and H&M.  

MallStars Play Date

Thu., Dec. 7, 10-11 a.m.

Kids can get in the holiday spirit by enjoying festive singalongs led by Olmsted Performing Arts and meet Santa. All kids will receive a snack, drink and craft. All Smiles Aboard will also provide a discounted train ride for those in attendance.


MallStars Kids Club is Great Northern Mall’s free club open to children 10 years old and younger. Members receive information about exclusive, kid-friendly events; free giveaways; a quarterly newsletter with special offers; and more. Registration for the program is required for each participating child. You can sign up for the MallStars Kids Club at any of the program’s events.

Great Northern Mall features more than 120 retailers, restaurants and a 10-screen Regal Cinemas theater. Stores include Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney Store, H&M, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, and Pandora. Full-service dining options include The RAIL, Wild Mango Restaurant & Bar and Red Lobster, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and McAlister’s Deli.


For more information, please visit ShoppingGreatNorthernMall.com and for additional information about the mall’s owner and operator, Starwood Retail Partners, visit StarwoodRetail.com.





Dana Wolfe, Marketing Director

Great Northern Mall


(440) 734-6304