With the holiday season upon us, local retailers are offering great activities for both shopping and family outings. Keep reading for a list of up-coming specials and events.Stones River MallSanta’s in the house
Throughout the holidays, Santa will be receiving guests in his Holiday Studio in the Sears wing.
In a bright holiday whirl of red-and-white decorations, he’ll be happy to visit with his little fans one-on-one. Professional photographers will be ready to capture the moment as little ones sit on his lap and whisper holiday wishes. Photo packages start at $24.99.Santa’s daily schedule for visits
Santa will be in his Holiday Studio at the following times:
• Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
• Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
• Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 24: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. North Pole Prize Patrol
To add even more spirit to the holiday season, Stones River Mall has formed a North Pole Prize Patrol.
It’s the Patrol’s job to wander through the shopping center, randomly surprising shoppers with giveaways and gifts.
Some surprises are big and some are small, ranging from a refreshing bottle of water to a gift card from a retailer to a bag of goodies for a child.
According to Heather Rose, marketing manager for Stones River Mall, it’s just a fun way of giving back to the shoppers – and making spirits brighter. Black Friday
On Black Friday, Nov. 25, spirits are brightened early – 5 a.m. opening.
For an early, early start to holiday shopping, Stones River Mall is opening at 5 a.m.
Sleepy bargain hunters will be rewarded not only with retailer specials, but also with complimentary morning and afternoon coffee served at stations throughout the mall.
To brighten the early hour even more, there will be a DJ adding music and festivity to the scene.
Some stores, restaurants and entertainment venues may observe other hours. Please call each individual retailer for details.Pet Night
On three Mondays during the holidays, Santa is inviting pet owners to bring cats and dogs to the mall for a photo.
There will even be holiday costumes for the furry little ones to wear.
Pet Nights are Monday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dogs and cats only and all animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Extended Hours
As the season gets brighter, the hours at Stones River Mall get longer.
The mall will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25. In the weeks before Dec. 25, hours are extended for shopping convenience.
Shoppers should check stonesrivermall.com
for exact opening and closing times.
Stones River Mall will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 observing the Christmas holiday. On Monday, Dec. 26, the shopping center opens at 7 a.m.
For a complete list of retailers, restaurants and up-to-the-minute sales and promotions, visit stonesrivermall.com
Just in time for the holidays, AT&T is stepping in to offer customers a wide range of savings on some of this season’s hottest devices – and it’s all online!
Exclusively at att.com – starting Black Friday through Monday, Nov. 28, customers can enjoy select Windows 7, BlackBerry and Android devices starting at only a penny.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25, the savings will be a series of rotating promotions for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday online shoppers while supplies last.
Free shipping and waived activation is included.
Here’s a look at this year’s savings:
• Friday, Nov. 25, 12:01 a.m. ET
Touchscreen devices, including tablets, starting at unbelievably low prices
• Saturday, Nov. 26, 12:01 a.m. ET
All Windows 7 and select Android devices, for just $.01
• Sunday, Nov. 27, 12:01 a.m. ET
BlackBerry 9860 for only $.01, HTC Red Inspire for $29.99
• Monday, Nov. 28, 12:01 a.m. ET
A lineup of some of AT&T’s most popular smartphones – Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, BlackBerry 9810, HTC Inspire and LG Thrill – all for only one cent!
“We’re proud to continue to offer incredible value and savings in this economy,” said Phil Bienert, senior vice president, ATT.com
. “We want to show our customers that we appreciate their loyalty – especially during the holiday season.”
All offers require a two-year service agreement.
All smartphone offers require AT&T voice and a minimum of $15 per month data plan; quick messaging devices require a minimum $20 per month messaging plan.
Some restrictions and other charges may apply.