For all those preparing for holiday shopping, here's a primer regarding the area's major shopping outlets.
Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon
Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, and Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive, will open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 25). During the week of November 20-27, Westfield will have Merry Makers onsite spreading holiday cheer to shoppers through random acts of kindness.
Photos with Santa are available 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday through December 24. Westfield Brandon will have both Santa and Mrs. Claus. Families can skip the line by reserving a fast pass to see Santa, as well as purchase photo packages in advance online.
Pet photos with Santa are available 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 27 and December 11. The first 50 guests will receive a pet stocking from Westfield. This event is hosted in partnership with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay which will bring adoptable pets to join in on the holiday spirit.
Sensory Santa will be connecting with families with children with autism and any special needs by providing a well-controlled and welcoming environment. Westfield has partnered with Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay to ensure the best visit with Santa. This event will take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 4.
A special Mommy & Me with Santa event supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will feature fun, interactive activities. There will be gingerbread cookie decorating, a special craft to take home, story time with Santa, and a special meet and greet with Santa's real live reindeer. This event will take place 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, at Westfield Citrus Park, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, at Westfield Brandon.
For more information, visit westfield.com/brandon and westfield.com/citruspark.
WestShore Plaza, located at 250 Westshore Plaza, will open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 24) and again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 25).
To kick-off the season, WestShore Plaza guest services will distribute Black Friday fanatic tote bags to the first 250 guests who mention that they are a Black Friday fanatic. Tote bags will be available while supplies last.
For more information, visit westshoreplaza.com.
The Shops at Wiregrass
The Macy's Family Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 19). The holiday parade will take place on Paseo Drive, and is filled with balloon animals, costume characters, and Santa. After the parade, there will be a Meet & Greet with Rudolph & Clarice from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Macy's Children's Department from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Symphony of Lights is a holiday light show with snow, sparkle and the sounds of the seasons. Nightly shows are held on the hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 31.
On Thanksgiving Day, mall hours are 6 p.m. to midnight. On Black Friday, mall hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Store and restaurant hours may vary.
Photos with Santa are available through December 24, and spots can be reserved online. Pet photos with Santa Paws are available 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through December 4.
For more information, visit theshopsatwiregrass.com.
The International Plaza and Bay Street located at 2223 N Westshore Blvd. will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. It will open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
Santa's Flight Academy allows kids to enjoy an interactive experience, including a personalized badge and trying on a flight suit, before being photographed with Santa Claus.
For more information, visit shopinternationalplaza.com.
Ellenton Premium Outlets
Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5461 Factory Shops Blvd. in Ellenton, will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and remain open to 10 p.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 25).
The shops, located at 5461 Factory Shops Blvd. in Ellenton, will feature strolling Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. Additionally, shoppers will enjoy joyous holiday music from The Distractions, a local band, in the outdoor Food Court pavilion from noon - 3 p.m.
For more information, visit ellentonpremiumoutlets.com.
Tampa Premium Outlets
Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz, will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and stay open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 25).
Throughout Black Friday weekend, visitors can enjoy community holiday entertainment and a holiday movie marathon from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 26.
For more information, visit tampapremiumoutlets.com.
Compiled by Times staff writer Arielle Waldman and Times correspondents Danielle Hauser and Eric Vician.