Holiday Magic at The Shops at Riverside

Holiday magic has returned to The Shops at Riverside as the Santa Photo Experience is now open and greeting bright-eyed visitors with their wish lists.

Children can be photographed with Santa now through December 24, 2012 on Level One in the Saks Fifth Avenue wing from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve.

Presenting sponsors for the Simon Santa Photo Experience include ABC Family, Visit Florida, Gymboree and ScentSicles.

“There is always a great deal of entertainment and fun at Simon malls during the holiday season but the Santa Photo Experience is something generations of families count on every year,” said Lisa Polino, director of marketing and business development for The Shops at Riverside.

ABC Family is sponsoring the event for the eighth consecutive year and will be promoting its 25 Days of Christmas television programming event, which begins on air December 1, 2012 by distributing keepsake programming guides.

Another sense will be engaged this holiday season as Simon is teaming up with ScentSicles scented ornaments to fragrance The Shops at Riverside’s Santa Photo Experience with the aroma of Douglas Fir to create a nostalgic Christmas experience, right down to the scent.

“ScentSicles capture the true-to-life fragrance of a freshly cut Christmas tree, making it feel like Christmas – just like a visit with Santa does,” said Nick McKay, CEO of EnviroScent, Inc., the company behind ScentSicles. “Our sense of smell is extremely powerful as it links directly to childhood memories.” ScentSicles will be available for sale at The Shops at Riverside’s Santa Photo Experience location.

Returning again this season is the “Cutest Santa Photo Contest,” designed to find the most adorable kids and pets! The “Cutest Santa Photo Contest” will be hosted on The Shops at Riverside’s Facebook page. It’s easy – simply post your favorite kid or pet photo with Santa on the Santa Photo App on The Shops at Riverside’s Facebook page, to be available from early November through mid-December. A copy of the official contest rules will be available on the Santa Photo App or at Guest Services at The Shops at Riverside.

The cutest kid grand-prize winner gets a visit at their home from Santa in a horse-drawn carriage before Christmas Eve, with a sleigh full of prizes, including $1,200 in Gymboree clothing, $250 in toys and a $250 Simon Giftcard, as well as an all-inclusive trip for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which includes air transportation and rental car valued at more than $8,300.

Simon Property Group will also award the pet winner a $250 Simon Giftcard, as well as an all inclusive trip for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Florida., which includes air transportation and rental car valued at more than $6,850. Ten additional all-inclusive trips for a family of four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in St. Lucie, Florida., including air transportation and rental car valued at more than $6,600, will be given away to runner-ups in each category.

Once again this year, the Simon Santa Photo Experience will offer Pet Photo Night. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as extravagant in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Because some of our customers may suffer from pet allergies, Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing. Pet Photo Nights at The Shops at Riverside will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday November 26, and Monday, December 3. (Participants should use Entrance #7, and their pets must be leashed or transported in a carrier.) The photos may be used for entry into the “Cutest Santa Photo Contest” that customers can enter on Facebook.

Sandpiper Bay is the ideal active family getaway and Club Med’s only all-inclusive resort in the United States. The 216-acre property recently completed a $28 million renovation and features two new restaurants, Slice Bar & Lounge, four swimming pools including an infinity pool exclusively for adults, a certified lap pool, three elite academies (golf, tennis and fitness) and the only L’Occitane-branded spa in North America. 

As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 87.3 million visitors in 2011, who spent $67.2 billion, generating 23 percent of the state’s sales tax revenue and employing more than 1 million Floridians. For every $1 spent on tourism marketing, Visit Florida – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – generates more than $258 in tourism spending and $15 in new sales tax collections, paid by visitors, not residents. Visit Florida promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs. As a public/private partnership, Visit Florida serves nearly 12,000 tourism industry businesses, including 2,700 invested partners, 8,900 web affiliates and major strategic alliance partnerships with Disney Destinations, Dollar Rent A Car, The Hertz Corporation, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Universal Orlando. To learn more about Visit Florida, go to or follow blog at ScentSicles are the first scented ornaments that effectively and authentically make any tree smell fresh-cut. Headquartered in Atlanta and made in the United States, ScentSicles scented ornaments are 5.5 inches long and are made from natural fibers from sustainable resources that have been infused with pure fragrance oil, offering an authentic, simple and mess-free way to enhance the scent of the holidays throughout each room. Simply hang from Christmas tree branches, hook into wreaths or wrap into garland. ScentSicles scented ornaments retail for $7.99 per 6-pack. Additional information about ScentSicles scented ornaments can be found at ScentSicles are a product of Enviroscent, Inc.

World Wide Photography (Sepia & IPI) will be collecting this year for AIM (Adventures in Movement for the Handicapped). You can learn more about this cause by visiting to watch a video on their results over the past five years.

The Shops at Riverside is located only minutes from Manhattan in the affluent suburban area of Bergen County, New Jersey, and managed by Simon Property Group Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. A two-level, upscale regional shopping center, The Shops at Riverside is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn and features a full-service day spa. Shoppers will experience an unrivaled collection of over 70 high-end and bridge specialty stores as well as “New Jersey’s own Restaurant Row,” with eight full-service restaurants. Additional Simon Property Group information is available at Visit for the latest mall events and retailer updates. The Shops at Riverside is on Facebook; check out