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Westfield announced today that it will kick off the holiday shopping season with 38 of its shopping centers opening at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day, in the Los Angeles, San Diego, North West, Mid-West, North East, Maryland and Florida regions. National Retailers also opening early include Macy’s, Footlocker, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Charlotte Russe, and The Children’s Place. ALL retailers will be open at midnight on Black Friday, allowing savvy shoppers to take advantage of door-buster deals and special retailer offers. A complete list of store opening times and special offers is available at

“Given the enthusiasm for earlier (and earlier) openings over the past few years, Westfield welcomes the opportunity to accommodate this demand and open early in support of our retailers and customers who are eager to get a jump on midnight/Black Friday shopping,” said Heather Almond, Vice President- Regional Marketing.

Black Friday will also mark the launch of Westfield’s national “Magical Moments’ campaign. Shopping will be easy and more enjoyable with a little help from the “Merry Makers”—the focal point of Westfield’s holiday campaign. Professionally trained actors, dressed in elaborate elf costumes (or fashion-forward holiday caricatures), will surprise and delight customers with unexpected random acts of kindness such as carrying shopping bags, giving away gift cards and free samples, and even purchasing gifts for customers. The Merry Makers will also come together throughout the day at the Santa set for “JOY: The Gift of Christmas Show,” a special song and dance spectacular sure to entertain the young and the young at heart.

Westfield’s “Magical Moments” décor will be also on display with oversized ornaments and larger-than-life trees that will also provide a festive home for Santa. The largest tree measures a towering 36 feet and features a walk-through that will allow customers to engage with a touch screen interactive ornament, a wall of silver mirrored spheres and a family photo booth. A special light show display, which runs every thirty minutes, will also be featured during the holidays.

Another way Westfield is making the shopping experience easier this holiday season is though the Santa Photos FastPass program. Shoppers who purchase their Santa photo packages in advance will have access to the FastPass line entry for faster time to Santa on their selected day. Other special holiday services include gift wrapping, valet and more.

For more information about Westfield’s holiday events and resources, please visit

The Westfield Group (ASX: WDC) is an Australian-based company with interests in 91 shopping centers in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. In the U.S., the Group has a portfolio of 39 shopping centers that are home to more than 6,700 specialty stores and comprise approximately 47 million square feet of leasable space in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.

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