Your Thanksgiving turkey dinner might not be fully digested–or even on the table yet–when some of the first retailers in the area throw open their doors for Black Friday shopping.
Old Navy at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley will be one of the first to open when its staff members welcome shoppers at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The clothing store will remain open through 11 p.m. Friday for a veritable marathon of savings–or people who enjoy shopping for clothes at 3 a.m.
Other stores opening earlier than normal in the Upper Saucon Township lifestyle center will include American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Learning Express, and New York & Company, all of which will open at 6 a.m., and Altar’d State and Justice, which will open at 7 a.m.
In a news release, the Promenade Shops announced that by 8 a.m. Thursday all of its retailers will be open for extended Black Friday shopping hours that will end at 10 p.m.
As part of the Black Friday festivities, there will also be live music on The Patio stage.
The Mark Brown Duo will perform jazz versions of holiday classics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., and the Olde Towne Carolers will take the stage from 2 to 4 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the holiday season will officially be kicked into high gear with the Promenade Shops’ annual Tree Lighting in Town Square.
Musical performances will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the Lehigh Valley Idols providing festive entertainment.
Families are invited to color and send holiday cards to brighten the days of kids at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, and QNB will hand out a free gift for children (while supplies last).
At approximately 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the tree on a fire truck to assist in lighting it for the first time this season.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will then be available for keepsake family photos from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Gazebo next to Starbucks.
From 7 to 9 p.m. the Lehigh Valley Idols will take to the stage again, while the Olde Towne Carolers perform on The Patio stage.
In-store events on Saturday will include a hot chocolate bar, cotton candy and an Ice Princess and Snowman Meet & Greet at Sweet & Sassy after the tree-lighting; a promotion at GailGray Home Furnishings and Design, which will offer a gift with purchase from 5 to 9 p.m.; and a promotion at Playa Bowls, which will feature a 12 ounce smoothie special during the event.
Mrs. Claus will join Santa at the Promenade Shops on Sunday, Dec. 1, when they will read ‘Earl the Christmas Spider’ and other festive tales beginning at 10:30 a.m. Mrs. Claus will then stay for Pictures with Santa until 5 p.m.
Another holiday season highlight at the Promenade Shops will be Sensory-Friendly Pictures with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These special times are set aside “exclusively for families of children with special needs,” the news release said. Photos with Santa will be available for all families at other times.
For more details about all upcoming events and holiday promotions, visit ThePromenadeShopsatSauconValle