Mall of America’s Candy Cane Institute offers interactive virtual Santa experience

This would typically be the time of year malls would be bustling with holiday shoppers and kids dressed up for their pictures with Santa. But with COVID-19 restrictions in place, there won’t be any in-person visits with Old St. Nick. Still, malls are finding ways to keep the tradition alive, online. The Mall of America constructed the Candy Cane Institute, an interactive virtual experience that starts with a tour of the elves workshop and ends with a Santa visit. The cost for the 10-minute virtual holiday experience is $20 and it runs through December 24.

What shoppers can expect when the MOA reopens Monday

The country's largest retail complex, Mall of America, is preparing to reopen Monday morning. Shoppers can expect many changes as the mall works to encourage social distancing and keep visitors safe. SVP of Marketing & Business Development Jill Renslow joined the Buzz to chat about what the reopening will look like.

Mall of America seeks legislative help to 'get through this crisis'

The Mall of America is asking for a lifeline from the state of Minnesota to weather the financial storm brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.  The mall approached lawmakers in the past two weeks about borrowing from its tax-incremental financing account, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told reporters Friday morning. Gazelka said the state should provide help because mall owner Triple Five Group is not asking for "free money" but to borrow money to "get through this crisis."