Bay Area LIFE: Hillsdale Shopping Center rings in the holidays

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- Hillsdale Shopping center has been a Bay Area staple since it was built in 1954 and now it's one of the few family-owned shopping centers still in existence.

In keeping with tradition, Hillsdale Shopping Center is providing something special this Holiday Season for everyone in the family. Their annual tree lighting event takes place before Thanksgiving Day. This year's event commenced November 18. Starting this magical night and through the rest of the Season: Santa will be available to meet children (and pets too) in Hillsdale Shopping Center's stunning holiday display. There will also be a letter writing station with a mailbox service directly to the North Pole. If that isn't enough Mondays and Tuesdays through December 13 Mrs. Field's will be offering free cookies to children visiting Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If giving is what really gets you in the Holiday spirit, Hillsdale Shopping Center has you covered for that too! The 'One Warm Coat Drive' will be accepting donations through December 17 at their Concierge Services Station. In addition, the 'Toys for Tots' toy drive will be running up until December 23. And of course Hillsdale Shopping Center boasts over 100 stores to satisfy any of your gift giving needs. And while you're shopping don't forget to support your local community music groups and take a moment to pause and enjoy some live music. There will be a variety of groups performing up until December 14. Holiday hours will be extended through December 23.

Click here to check out their website and get the center's holiday hours.

Hillsdale Shopping Center

Sixty 31st avenue, San Mateo
CA 94403
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