Quincy Mall is preparing for a busy November to kick off the holidays. With the arrival of Santa Claus, Toys for Tots, firetruck rides, and Black Friday specials, there's a lot going on at the mall.

Best of all, you don't have to wait until Christmas to catch Santa Claus. In fact, Santa Claus will be coming to the Quincy Mall on November 21. To celebrate Santa's arrival, Quincy Community Theater will put on a performance of Jack Frost's Naughty & Nice-Capades. The action starts at 11 a.m. at Fountain Court. After the show, kids can get their pictures with St. Nick. Santa Claus will be around every day at Quincy Mall until Christmas Eve. You can take photos with the white-bearded man or go on a fire truck ride. Get a full list of times for Santa appearances at the Quincy Mall's website.

Also going on in the mall in November is the Gem City Rock Club. Get a look at a bunch of cool rocks and minerals on November 14 from 9 am to 5 pm for free.

Then on November 27, Quincy Mall is giving away $5,000 in gift cards between 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. for Black Friday shoppers. There's also a promotion to get a $5 Quincy Mall Gift Card for every $25 in gift cards purchased through the customer service counter.

And on November 28, the Giant Rocking Horse rides back into the mall's west end. The horse will stay put all the way until Christmas Eve, then it heads back to the North Pole along with Santa Claus.