Park West shopping center, located at 9744 W. Northern Ave., in Peoria, has three new community events coming up for the holiday season.
The events include: a social media-based Holiday Caroling Battle; the Holiday Luminaria Walk on Saturday, Nov. 28; and two “Brighter Together” photo opportunities with seasonal characters (featuring Santa Saturday, Dec. 5, and The Grinch on Saturday, Dec. 12).
Each event is free, and Park West has also incorporated a benefit for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
“We think everyone is excited to celebrate the holidays, but in a different way this year,” Park West business development manager Kelly Price stated in a news release. “We wanted to provide a sense of holiday cheer while keeping our shoppers’ safety at the very forefront of the season, so each event has been designed to do just that.”
On Saturday, Nov. 28, Park West kicks off the season with a serene Holiday Luminaria Walk. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. residents are invited to socially-distanced stroll through Park West, which will be illuminated with more than 500 luminarias. Holiday Harmony will help set the mood with live music during the event.
Park West also will host the Holiday Caroling Battle, an event taking place entirely via Facebook and Instagram platforms beginning Nov. 27.
To enter, caroling enthusiasts are encouraged to post their best family-friendly video of themselves or a group singing a holiday tune to either platform and tag @shopparkwest for a chance to be one of five winners who will receive a $100 gift card to their favorite Park West shop or restaurant.
Videos must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.
Winners will be selected based on the most likes/views, and winners will be notified on Tuesday, Dec. 15. For every caroling video in which Park West is tagged, the shopping center will donate seven meals to the St. Mary’s Food Bank (up to $500).
Park West will host two free Brighter Together events taking place outside Bath & Body Works and featuring character appearances for photo opportunities. On Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 3 p.m., guests can snap a photo next to The Grinch, and on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon to 3 p.m., Santa will be on the scene for socially distanced pic opportunities.
Donations of non-perishable food items accepted on behalf of St. Mary’s Food Bank. Visit shopparkwest.com.
Guests are asked to respect requests to wear a mask and social distance.