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Meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus is something everyone can experience!

Posted at 9:49 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 11:54:14-05

Make magical memories at the Simon Santa Experience at Arizona Mills this holiday season because it's for everyone!


December 1st, children and families are invited to enjoy milk and cookies during Story Time with Mrs. Claus from 4 to 6 p.m. in the food court. Mrs. Claus will lead Christmas carols, play instruments, bring her puppets, and there is another perk! When you visit Mrs. Claus, you get a coupon for $5 off your picture with Santa. Plus, if you read for 20 minutes, you'll get a passport with other discounts at stores throughout the mall! 


Arizona Mills also provides people with special needs and their families an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus FOR FREE through a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in partnership with Autism Speaks and East Valley Autism Network. Caring Santa is on Sunday, December 3rd from 9 to 11 a.m., before the mall opens. Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in 2011 to 108 Simon malls today, reflecting the positive impact of this unique program.  


For pet owners, the popular Pet Photo Night with Santa will occur on Sunday, December 10th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Pet Photo Night is hosted after regular mall closing, and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. 

A reservation is not required, but it is encouraged to avoid the long lines! Click here for Santa by Appointment to reserve your time!


5000 S Arizona Mills Cir.|
Tempe, AZ 85282

The Simon Santa Photo Experience is sponsored by GYMBOREE GROUP,  a specialty retailer operating stores selling high-quality apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. 

The 2017 Simon Santa Photo Experience is also sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of, "Despicable Me 3". 

Come visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled Despicable Me 3 activity sheet and watch highlights from the movie.


Visit the Salvation Army Giving Tree located near Entrance 5 until December 22. Children and families are invited to enjoy milk and cookies during Story Time with Mrs. Claus on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Food Court. Additionally, enjoy extra festive hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday! On Thanksgiving Day, Arizona Mills will be open at 6 p.m. and will close at 1 a.m. on Friday, November 24. The mall will reopen from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, November 24.


Guests to every Simon Photo Experience will have another opportunity to share Santa’s

heart by making a donation via The Cherry Hill Programs to Save the Children. For nearly 100 years, this non-profit has given underserved children in the U.S. a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Since this program began five years ago, Cherry Hill Programs has collected over $1,000,000 largely due to the generosity of Simon shoppers.