Black Friday is known for its rock-bottom sales, Santa Claus and the kick off to the much-anticipated holiday season. This year will be no different. As families enjoy their delicious turkeys and polish off the last of the pumpkin pie, Black Friday will already be starting. Los Angeles is a leader in Black Friday trends, and this Friday, Nov. 23 will not disappoint shoppers with unheard-of early openings, unique activities and giveaways that will make you drool.
Galleria at Tyler
1299 Galleria at Tyler
Riverside, CA 92503
As one of the most-visited shopping and entertainment destinations, Galleria at Tyler will be buzzing on Black Friday. With most of the center’s stores opening at midnight, Galleria at Tyler retailers will offer early risers (or all-nighters) special deals and promotions. In addition, Santa’s special elves will surprise shoppers throughout the day with free holiday giveaways including gift cards to say “Thank You!” for shopping at Galleria at Tyler. When your dogs are barking and you need to rest before the next round of shopping, catch a movie at the center’s AMC Theatre – Thanksgiving weekend expected box office hits include “Life of Pi,” animated film “Rise of the Guardians,” and comedy “The Silver Linings Playbook” (with Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Stiles).
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
The Valley is where it’s at this Black Friday: Westfield Topanga opens at 12 a.m. with holiday magic at your fingertips. A pre-Black Friday celebration begins Nov. 17, when Westfield Topanga will unveil a brand new, larger-than-life Santa for customers to enjoy. The holiday theme is based on tradition, nostalgia and magical holiday moments. While waiting in line on Black Friday to visit with Santa, shoppers can walk through life-sized ornaments and check out trees with interactive touch screens, one of which is a custom game that Westfield is developing with GES that allows kids to decorate a tree and explore other holiday items on the screen, such as stockings, a clock, a snow globe and an elf, all of which reveal unique surprises. Black Friday shoppers can also enjoy holiday music, lighting projections and familiar holiday scents while Santa sits in his ornamental throne ready for photos and collecting holiday wishes. Westfield Topanga also offers a Santa Fast Pass. Customers may purchase their photo packages in advance via a microsite and will be granted access to a special Fast Pass line when they arrive (must show printed receipt or the receipt on a smartphone).
Naimie’s Beauty Center
12640 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607
Get your beauty sleep and then head over to Naimie’s Beauty Center on Black Friday. A frequent entertainment industry makeup artist and hair stylist hangout, Naime’s is hosting a special Black Friday buy one, get one free offer on Skin Authority, one of the most sought-after beauty lines. As the headliner of this promotion, product seekers can buy Skin Authority products and get another one free (same product). For the holiday season, stock up on ultra-rich moisturizer so your skin will be radiant all winter long. An added bonus, this BOGO offer will also be applied to Skin Authority products purchased on Black Friday from its website, www.skinauthority.com.
100 W. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91210
Black Friday will begin at the stroke of midnight at some of Glendale Galleria’s stores. The mall “officially” opens at 5 a.m., but there will be plenty of early birds on the shopping scene immediately following Thanksgiving festivities. Last year, the Disney Store led the way with a midnight opening and shoppers are eagerly anticipating the store’s announcement for this year. Known for its holiday cheer on Black Friday, Glendale Galleria will have the center’s traditional singing Santa and Glendale Galleria holiday ambassadors assisting customers with their shopping needs, including gift certificates and lottery tickets for those hard-to-buy-for friends and loved ones. If you’re not in the area, Moreno Valley Mall and Montclair Plaza will open its doors at 6 a.m. with some stores also offering midnight openings.
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Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Join fellow SoCal Black Friday enthusiasts at Westfield Century City and participate in a mall-wide Scavenger Hunt (Nov. 14 to Dec. 24). Customers are invited to play “find the ornament,” an interactive scavenger hunt in which you search for 25 ornament stickers placed on retailer store windows or other areas of the mall and take a picture of the “found” ornaments using a smartphone or camera. Once you find five of the ornaments, visit the concierge/office to receive a limited-edition holiday ornament. In addition, Westfield Century City is launching a holiday promotion that gives back to the community through art. Beginning Nov. 14, popular artists including Greg Miller, Man One, David Phillips, Marilinda Rivera, Yolanda González and Johnny Taylor will paint reindeer that will be on display at the mall. The reindeer will then be auctioned off by charitybuzz.com to benefit Inner City Arts, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the school day for instruction in the visual and performing arts.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.