This year has not been like any other, and there’s little reason to expect the holiday shopping season will be any different.
Area malls and centers will be open, but as you might imagine there will be restrictions for COVID-19 and shorter operating hours.
Most retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving, moving back from a trend in recent years to open on the holiday.
We’ve compiled a list that includes a number of shopping centers in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York regions, with some important information about the upcoming season.
Please note that while all these shopping centers and malls are closed on Thanksgiving, stores with outside entrances might choose to open on the holiday.
Our guide is below:
Colonial Park Mall
4600 Jonestown Road, Lower Paxton Township
The Colonial Park Mall will not be open on Thanksgiving. The mall will open at 6 a.m., Nov. 27, for Black Friday and will close at 8 p.m.
Santa Claus will arrive at the mall on Dec. 5 and will be located in the space between Designer Suits and T-Mobile. The mall said that Santa will have his own store space this year in order to control the traffic and keep the experience within COVID-19 guidelines. The mall said a link to make reservations for pictures with Santa will be made available on both the mall’s Facebook page and its website.
Shalom House will provide gift wrapping, directly across the hall from Santa Claus, beginning Dec. 12.
Go! Calendars and Games, and Cupboard Maker Books are back at the mall for the holiday season. Beauty Sleep Collection, Pizza Anela and Ms. Cottons Cafe are new to the mall this year.
The mall is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Capital City Mall
3506 Capital City Mall Drive, Lower Allen Township
The mall will be closed on Thanksgiving and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 28. The mall will be open from 11 .am. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.
Santa Claus arrived at the mall on Nov. 11. Reservations are required this year for all photos and can be made at this link: www.vipholidayphotos.com/MakeReservation.aspx. He will be at the mall until Dec. 24. Santa’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
All Capital City Mall employees will wear face masks, have their temperatures taken daily and have hand sanitizer provided to them. Santa’s set will be sanitized after each visit. A greeter will check in each reservation and take temperatures of all