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WITH OVER 60 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues and numerous special events, VILLAGE POINTE is a destination for fun year round. But at the holidays, the shopping and dining center is even more of a draw, offering opportunities to connect with family and friends, tick through your gift list, and make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate.

Being a successful commercialenterprise does not preclude communitybuilding. Profitability and promotingfamily are not mutually exclusive. VillagePointe, one of the premier shopping,dining, and entertainment centers in thecity, is proof of this.Throughout the year,Village Pointe hosts special events thatfoster community connections andphilanthropy.  During the holidays, it takes thisspirit of giving up a notch.

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS…The holiday season at Village Pointe kicksoff with a spectacular tree lightingceremony on November 25 that isexpected to draw several thousands.  Theevening opens with a 6 PM concert byTHE PEPPERMINT ELVES. Following theconcert, strolling musicians and singers,plucked from the (happier) pages of DICKENS’ “A CHRISTMAS CAROL,” willentertain guests with traditional song. Santa’s elves will pass out jingle bells forchildren to ring old St. Nick in during the Santa Parade.

At 7 PM SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS will make their way down Main Street in a horse drawn carriage fit for CINDERELLA. The inhabitants of Whoville will meet andgreet parade attendees.  Even the GRINCH himself will set aside his curmudgeonly ways and pose for photos with good boysand girls, and WINNIE THE POOH has traveled all the way from the 100 acre woodto be part of the festivities.

Sparks will fly from a “magical” giant switch that Santa will flip, and the once dark tree will light up the evening like a thousand twinkling stars, effectively announcing that the holidays are here!

Don’t fret if you can’t make the tree lighting ceremony.  Santa and Mrs. Claus make numerous visits to Village Pointe throughout the holiday season.  Thursdays in December is STORY TIME WITH SANTA. From 10:30-11:30 Santa and Mrs.Clauswill read holiday tales to young- and not so young-listeners at various Village Pointe locations.  “It is intimate time with Santa,”says KIM JONES, Marketing Director for Village Pointe Shopping Center.

SCHEELS will once again sponsor the second annual SANTAPALOOZA on Saturday, December 3 at 10 AM.  Watch Santa’s sled land on-and almost teeter off-the roof of Scheels.  There is a problem, however.  Scheels does not have a chimney for Santa to slide down.  But that won’t stop this “jolly old elf.”  Surprisingly spry, Santa repels himself down the side of the building to mingle with his fans.   From 10:30-1:00PM, Scheels guests can pose for pictures with Santa and his friends, participate in a coloring contest, make a craft to take home, sample fudge and other seasonal treats, have their faces painted, and write letters to Santa to be delivered by the Reindeer Express. 

The following Saturday, December 17, at 10 AM is MERRY MOVIE WITH SANTA at the MARCUS VILLAGE POINTE CINEMA.  Families are invited to join Santa and friends for a special holiday film andphoto opportunity.  A $3 donation for the event will go to the OMAHA JAYCEES “HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS GIFTS FOR KIDS” program, benefitting children from the NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME.

SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE Strolling carolers, story time with Santa,sipping cider while nibbling cookies: these are all part of the holiday season.  But so, too, is sharing our bounty with those less fortunate.  Village Pointe is dedicated to supporting local charities.  This is its eighth year partnering with the Omaha Jaycees forthe organization’s Hometown Holidays campaign.  The Jaycees is a young professional, networking organization that emphasizes volunteerism, explains AMY EGGERS, VP of Individual Development. 

As part of Hometown Holidays, three giving trees will be posted at PARADISE BAKERY AND CAFÉ, SCOOTER’S COFFEEHOUSE, and MARCUS VILLAGE POINTE CINEMA.  Their “ornaments” are tags with a child’s name, age, size, favorite color, and likes.  Patrons can select a tag, purchase a gift for the child listed on the tag,and return the unwrapped gift to the givingt rees.  Alternatively, guests can make a cash donation, and Jaycee members will purchase gifts for children on unclaimed tags.  100 percent of contributions go to the children at Nebraska Children’s Home.

“Partnering with Village Pointe forHometown Holidays has been wonderful,”Eggers says.  “Without businesses at VillagePointe generously allowing us to put ourChristmas trees in their stores, we wouldn’tbe able to make as big of an impact in theOmaha community.” 

One of the most identifiable sounds of the season is the bell ringing signaling the SALVATION ARMY’S RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN.  Village Pointe will host three Red Kettlesfrom November 11 through December 24.This year’s city-wide goal is $3.1 million.“100 percent of the money remains here in Omaha, invested in programs to rebuild orchange lives,” states JOANNE BEMIS, Divisional Director of Development for theSalvation Army.  

Celebrity bell ringers-local media, politicians, and Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary members-will be on hand at the shopping center December 10, lending their notoriety to the cause.  Says Bemis: “The public likes the opportunity to talk to them.  It’s a fun way for celebrities to interact with the public, and all for a good cause-the $3.1 goal.”

Bemis attributes the success of programs like the RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN to the support of the individuals who donate their time, citizen shoppers who toss coins and bills into the red kettles, and the businesses which support charitable giving. “Ours is avery, very caring community.  The Salvation Army would not be able to transform lives without the support of the community,” Bemis recognizes.  “We appreciate the good merchants of Village Pointe to allow us to come out and bell ring so we can provide help for those who need it most.” 

Shopping, dining, sharing a story with Santa, helping the hungry, and providing a gift for a child in need. It’s the right blend of making things “merry and bright” for your family and others at Village Pointe.

Visit villagepointeshopping.com for more details on holiday happenings throughout the season.

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