Tips to Surviving the Holiday Hustle & Bustle

Trying to survive the holiday hustle and bustle? We’re here to help! See our tips to creating a stress-free (okay, a less stressful!) holiday season with ways to create your holiday shopping a little easier at West Acres.

By: Niki | December 4, 2017

We get it – the holidays can be a stressful time, but we’re here to help! Whether you’re crossing items off of your holiday gift list or are visiting us for holiday performances or a visit to Santa, we want to make sure you have a magical (stress-free) experience. Here are some helpful tips for surviving the holiday hustle and bustle:

Tip 1: Avoid the Chaos

If you’re trying to dodge the crowds and the chaos, try visiting on a weekday morning or evening. Holiday hours can be found here.

Tip 2: Utilize Our Resources

Visit our holiday website to see everything from mall and Santa hours, to the holiday performances schedule and mall card purchasing.

Tip 3: Have Ideas in Mind

The most productive way to get cross those gifts off your list, is to come with ideas in mind! View our Holiday Gift Guide to see a curated collection of gift ideas for everyone on your list from West Acres’ stores – from top gifts for her and him to ideas for your fitness fanatic and the kitchen connoisseur, and of course we didn’t forget about the little ones on your list. It’s the go-to-guide for great gifts to give and get!

Tip 4: Shopping Made Easy

As soon as you arrive for your holiday shopping trip, Guest Services is there to assist! Check your coat and any extra unneeded baggage, pick up a shopping cart (because nobody likes having to drag around dozens of heavy bags), and be on your way!

Tip 5: Grab the Gift That Always Fits

When in doubt, mall cards are the perfect gift for anyone on your list! They can be purchased at Guest Services, the Mall Office, or online!

Tip 6: Leave the Wrapping to Us

Gift wrapping is available at Guest Services or at the Kiwanis Optimists Club table located in the food court.

Tip 7: Relax & Unwind

Whether you just finished crossing off that last gift on the list, or need a little time to put your feet up, our new Holiday Lounge, located near Herberger’s court is the best place to gather, experience, and explore. Relax inside a cozy festive atmosphere, or take part in one of the many holiday workshops we will be hosting in the space this season!

Tip 8: Read Up on Holiday Happenings

We have a lot planned for this holiday season, and we can’t wait for you to join us for the festivities! Keep checking back on the blog to hear about all the exciting events and pop-ups you can experience this season. Want to be the first to hear about holiday happenings? Sign up for our emails by clicking here.

As always, if there is anything we can do to improve your visit, or make it more enjoyable, please feel free to reach out to us!

Happy Holidays!


I have the privilege of being on the amazing Marketing, PR and Fashion team as the Digital Marketing Manager at West Acres. When I am not managing our social and digital platforms and brainstorming content ideas, I am the woman behind (and sometimes in front of) the camera – creating content and working with the media to create segments to introduce the latest trends! When I’m not at the mall, you can find me watching “Friends,” eating ice cream by the carton, spending time with my family and friends, feeding my Pinterest addiction or crossing off destinations on my traveling bucket list.




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