The 2020 holiday season is fast approaching, and the Cross County Center is getting ready to deck the halls to get shoppers in the holiday spirit by introducing a new 44 foot tall Christmas Tree that guests can walk-thru, pictures with Santa (outdoors) and tons of holiday festivities that families can enjoy. Below, we’re sharing a list of what’s going on and how you can safely enjoy the best of the scene.
Holiday Happenings at Cross County Center
New Holiday Tree: November 13-December 31, 2020
You don’t have to travel far to get into the holiday spirit. Cross County Center will offer a real NYC Christmas experience with the debut of a new 44 foot tall holiday tree that shoppers can actually walk-thru. The tree is composed of over 20,000 LED lights (about 2 miles of strands!) that will be located in the center of the outdoor shopping center surely becoming the most Instagramable photo opp of the season! A professional photographer will also be present during the season to capture your photo. Shoppers will be able to print or purchase a digital download of their photo for a small fee.
Santa Photos: December 4-24 (Outdoors)
Get your opening day picture with Santa.
Reminders and more info about Santa pictures.
This year, they are taking every precaution to create a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for families. Santa will be featured in a new, custom space that allows for social distancing and a touchless experience. You’ll be able to capture a magical photo of your family inside Santa’s workshop.
And, while Santa is building toys, kids can watch from a safe distance, which will all be featured in the photo! Face coverings are required for the staff, Santa and all guests. Hand Sanitizer’s will be located all entrances and exits for customers. Thorough cleanings with CDC approved products and procedures will be made throughout the day. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made through the center’s website, www.crosscountycenter.com. There will be limited time for walk-up guests.
Pop-Up Holiday Ice Skating Rink: November 27 – December 24
Cross County Shopping Center is bringing back the popular pop-up ice skating rink and this year and it will be even bigger than before, allowing shoppers more space to skate. Guests will be limited per skate session and are required to wear masks. Admission is $10 per person (ages 5 and up) and includes skate rentals and a one-hour session. The pop-up rink is not made of real ice, it is a synthetic floor which glides slower than real ice making it perfect for first time and young skaters. The rink is also more environmentally friendly because it does not require electricity or water.
Holiday Food Truck Market: November 27-December 24
Shoppers will enjoy tasty treats and savory snacks at the holiday food truck market! Trucks will be parked on The Green, in the center of the mall and will be open for lunch and dinner. Food Trucks include: Leila’s Crepes, Abeetz Pizza, Mac’s Food Truck, Sloppie Joe’s and Waffle Box.
Holiday Shopping Hours & Info
Cross County Center will be closed for shopping on Thursday, November 26th, but restaurants will remain open for families wishing to celebrate. Store hours will be extended during the shopping season, beginning on Friday, November 27th when the center will open from 8am to 11pm. Visit crosscountycenter.com for additional shopping hours. Parking is FREE year-round and several retailers will be offering curbside and in-store pick-up for even more convenient visits
Dates to Remember:
- 11/20 and 11/25 – Santa Photo reservations
Santa will be available from December 4, 2020 through December 24, 2020
- 11/28, Begins Holiday festivities (looking for something festive to do with kids– go see the new tree, dine at food trucks, pop-up rink is open)
- 12/4, Santa Photo opening day
- 12/11, Pop-up Ice Rink
- Extended shopping hours