MONROE – Monroe Crossing Mall is a popular destination for shopping, especially during the holidays. Here are a handful of events happening there if you need extra incentive:
• Children can visit Santa Claus through Christmas Eve. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except 1:15 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 5:45 p.m.) Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. (except 3 to 3:34 p.m.) Sundays. Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. to noon.
• Belk holds its 130th anniversary celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. The event includes music by DJ Sir Charles, treats from Best Impressions Caterers and free gift cards to the first 130 guests.
• Reigning Cats & Dogs Pet Boutique holds a Santa Paws Pawty 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The event typically includes photos with Santa and refreshments.
• Rue 21 is giving away prizes, including to the first 50 people who visit the fragrance bar during the trendy fashion retailer’s Spritz & Save Event on Dec. 8.