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Westfield Montgomery Brings Out Merry Makers, Free Gifts

Roaming, costumed "Merry Makers" will surprise shoppers with songs and free gifts.

Westfield Montgomery mall's 2013 Merry Makers. Courtesy of Westfield Montgomery.
Westfield Montgomery mall's 2013 Merry Makers. Courtesy of Westfield Montgomery.
Something new this holiday season is afoot at Westfield Montgomery mall: the Merry Makers, dressed in red and green and just as likely to burst into song and dance as to whip out a complimentary gift or a helping hand for a weary shopper.

The professionally trained actors in original, "fashion-forward" holiday costumes "are surprising and delighting customers with unexpected random acts of kindness such, as carrying shopping bags, giving away gift cards and free samples and even purchasing gifts for customers," according to a mall news release. 

"The Merry Makers also come together throughout the day throughout the shopping center for 'JOY: The Gift of Christmas Show,' a special song and dance spectacular sure to entertain the young and the young at heart," the news release added.

The Merry Makers are new to Westfield malls this year, and are at all Westfield locations, but costumes and song-and-dance routines differ, mall spokesperson Amanda Sirica told Patch.

Some of the gifts and gift cards given to unsuspecting shoppers are provided by Westfield, and some are provided by community partners, such as the Washington Ballet and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Most of the gifts, though, are from retailers at the mall, Sirica added.

Catch the Merry Makers at the mall (7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the next two weekends and on the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas.

Westfield encourages customers who have been "surprised and delighted by the Westfield Montgomery Merry Makers" to post their photos to Instagram and to tag the photos with "@westfieldmontgomery"—follow the mall on Facebook at Facebook.com/WestfieldMontgomery, on Twitter at @WestfieldMON and on Instagram at @westfieldmontgomery.

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