After hearing “feedback” from customers, SouthPark mall reversed itself and announced Saturday it will include a traditional Christmas tree in its holiday display after all.
In a tweet Saturday, the mall said, “We’re adding key elements to the Santa set this week & listening to our customer feedback, we will now include a traditional Christmas tree.”
The mall previously announced that when children visit Santa Claus at SouthPark this year, they’d be doing it under a faux glacier, rather than a Christmas tree.
The shopping center said the change would make the Santa-visiting experience “fresh and exciting.”
But people quickly took to social media to complain about the replacement of a traditional Christmas symbol. By Sunday morning, more than 23,000 people had signed a Change.org petition aiming to get 25,000 supporters to bring back the Christmas tree at SouthPark.
Joe Marusak and Katherine Peralta