The Region's malls are gearing up for the busy holiday season, extending their hours, bringing in Santa for photos and even putting out gift guides for shoppers.
The Southlake Mall in Hobart plans to extend its hours so it's open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 18-21. Then it will be open for four extra hours from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23, the weekend before Christmas. The super-regional mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street additionally will be open for last-minute shoppers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
River Oaks Center in Calumet City is having daily photos with Santa this month, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Dec. 15 through Dec. 31. The mall at 96 River Oaks Center Drive will be open for longer than usual from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 through Dec. 15 and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 16 through Dec. 23.
The Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Dec. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
The outlet mall in downtown Michigan City is giving shoppers a free Gift Giving Guide with ideas and special offers from Friday through Dec. 17 at the Guest Service Center at the center of the mall.
“Our gift guide is full of valuable information and great offers from our stores,” Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets General Manager Chris Juricic said. “It’s a wonderful resource to maximize your shopping trip and buy holiday gifts for family and friends – all at enormous savings of 25 to 65 percent off every day.”
Lighthouse Place also is offering strolling carolers, holiday decor, a Santa Bot add-on in Facebook Messenger that will help shoppers find gifts they're specifically looking for at the mall, and an augmented reality Santa's Little Helper app for families with young children.