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Galleria at Sunset to Host Christmas Criers Contest

Every year hundreds of children sit on Santa’s lap during the holiday season to tell him exactly what they want to receive for Christmas. And like clockwork, each year features kids who cry their way through the experience and “ruin” the picturesque moment for their mom and dad.

This year, however, crying on Santa’s lap won’t be a bad thing for children at the Galleria at Sunset – located at 1300 W. Sunset Road on the corner of Sunset Road and Stephanie Street in Henderson – because crying kids will get the chance to win the Christmas Criers contest.

Every child that cries on Santa’s lap this holiday season will be offered the opportunity to opt in to participate in the Galleria at Sunset’s Christmas Criers program. A special photo package will be created exclusively for the Christmas Criers participant and his or her image will be displayed on the mall’s Santa set. Each week, shoppers can vote for their favorite crier and the child with the most votes at the end of contest on Thursday, Dec. 17, will be the winner.

“Although a photo of your child crying on Santa’s lap isn’t ideal, most people can find the humor in them,” said Heather Valera, marketing director for the Galleria at Sunset. “We established the Christmas Criers program to provide a fun and light-hearted way to enjoy those ‘less-than-perfect’ photos anyway.”

The grand prize winner will win a prize pack that consists of a $500 gift card to the Galleria at Sunset, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for one year (terms based on a $5 gift certificate per week for 52 weeks) and a personalized Christmas Criers engraved photo frame. The winner will also receive a one-year supply of Jones Soda, and their contest photo will be printed on more than 100,000 bottles of Jones Soda for distribution. Santa will also write a personal letter to the winning child.

Voting for Christmas Criers will end on Dec. 17 and the winner will be notified on Friday, Dec. 18. The mall will announce the winner publicly at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, when the winning Christmas Crier is presented with the prize pack.

The Galleria at Sunset opened in 1996 and is anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. It features premiere retailers such as Coach, bebe, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Gymboree, Buckle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Brookstone and more and is also home to the Galleria Library. Owned and operated by Forest City Enterprises, the 1,051,000-square-foot complex is the only enclosed mall in Henderson – one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In addition to retail, the Galleria at Sunset boasts two full service and 12 fast food restaurants.

For more information on the Galleria at Sunset visit or contact the mall’s information center at 702-434-0202.