Hillsdale Shopping Center kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting, the arrival of Santa Claus and an assortment of live entertainment on Friday, Nov. 18. But the holiday fun has only begun at the San Mateo shopping center, which is hosting events as well as opportunities to donate to local community members in need throughout the season.
If you haven’t yet snapped a photo with Santa, you can do so at Macy’s Center Court on the Lower Level now through Dec. 24. You can also explore Santa’s wonderland of interactive displays and games. Every Sunday and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. through Dec. 14, pets are invited to join the photo with Santa.
Kathy’s Creative Kakes of San Mateo will host the annual Gingerbread House decorating workshop at Hillsdale Shopping Center from Nov. 28 through Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 24. It will open daily during mall hours at the Nordstrom Court, Upper Level. Walk-ins are welcome based upon availability.
The Hillsdale Shopping Center is a good spot to donate to good causes during the holidays.
Samaritan House Giving Tree donations can be dropped off from 2-7 p.m. at Macy’s Center Court from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27 and again on Dec. 5-6.
Donations for the Samaritan House Coat & Food Drive can be dropped off at any Customer Service Center during mall hours from Friday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Dec. 16. Only new coats and nonperishable food items will be accepted this year.
The San Mateo Consolidated Firefighters Toy Program will have collection bins at the Lower Level near the LEGO store starting Saturday, Dec. 3, through Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Hillsdale Shopping Center is located at Sixty 31st Ave. in San Mateo. The shopping center opens Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.hillsdale.com or call 650-532-1022.