Hours vary, Paws & Claus returns this year

HENDERSON, Nev. – After his big arrival Nov. 7, Santa Claus will smile for the camera with Southern Nevada’s children every day until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. He and his elves will be found daily in the Galleria’s center court amid the mall’s new holiday décor, which debuted last year.

Santa photo hours are as follows:
Every Sunday until Dec. 7: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every Monday through Saturday until Dec. 13: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Every Monday through Saturday until Dec. 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additionally, every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., the valley’s four-legged children will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa as part of the mall’s annual Paws & Claus.

The Galleria’s décor will include a spectacular musical light show, Light Up the Night, which will “perform” every evening on the hour from 5 p.m. to close throughout the holiday season.

The Galleria’s holiday décor package boasts more than 54,000 lights. It also includes an area for Santa that could have been taken right out of “The Nutcracker.” The set has a classical toy approach that takes on a larger-than-life proportion. It features a 10-foot seated toy soldier, a 15-foot inflatable plush teddy bear, a 40-foot Christmas tree and an extra wide chair for Santa.

The displays will feature more than 10.3 miles of copper wire and a sound system that will ensure all can enjoy the more than 2,000 watts of holiday music. Light Up the Night operates on the typical power available in any U.S. home and takes almost two weeks to program by hand. The Galleria’s programmers’ mice travel more than three miles to program the show.

The Galleria at Sunset opened in 1996 and is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It features retailers such as H&M, Coach, bebe, Buckle, Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, and more. Galleria at Sunset is co-owned by Forest City Enterprises and QIC and managed by Forest City Enterprises. The 1,048,000-square-foot regional shopping center is the only enclosed mall in Henderson and one of the largest in Southern Nevada. In addition to retail, the Galleria at Sunset boasts two full-service and 11 fast food restaurants.

For more information on the Galleria at Sunset, visit galleriaatsunset.com or contact the mall’s information center at 702-434-0202.