Shopping malls have become the hotspot for crazed, desperate, determined and sometimes dreary holiday shoppers trying to check off every item on their Christmas list. To help ease the stress, blog 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas series, lists the top 5 malls for Christmas shopping. These malls provide an unforgettable visual experience that wows customers and makes holiday shopping more enjoyable.
Mall of America
One of the original mega malls, Mall of America is so big it could hold 7 Yankee stadiums! With more than 500 shops, 50 restaurants and extreme entertainment options that include an indoor amusement park, MoA gives that heady blend of retail, entertainment, and “Wow!” factor.
If you’re a savvy shopper, you’ll want a shopping strategy before you hit the mall. Get a free visitor’s kit/map for optimal planning and for up-to-the-moment parking updates, be sure to follow @MallofAmerica on Twitter (#moaparking) daily through January 1.
Also, when you need a break from Christmas shopping, make sure to visit Nickelodeon Universe, Underwater Adventures Aquarium, and A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator.
Tyson’s Corner Center
Tyson’s Corner Center is the largest shopping mall in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. It was one of the first super-regional malls in the country, drawing customers from a multi-state area.
In addition to its 300+ luxury shops and restaurants, and a children’s play area sponsored by National Geographic, the mall is known for its lively walkway, The Plaza. The Plaza is home to exceptional holiday festivities such as the Tysons Christmas Market and offers a fun change of scenery from the madness inside the mall and a literal breath of fresh air.
The Plaza is also home to the mall’s Ice Rink that’s open November to March, and a 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor playground sponsored by Cox Communications.
Fifth Avenue, New York
Christmas in New York is one of the most iconic holiday experiences in the country. From spectacular Christmas lights shows and ice skating in Central Park to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and 5th Avenue holiday window displays, Christmas in New York is a magical sight.
Christmas shopping in the Big Apple means having access to virtually every item on your list. Regardless of your budget or length of your shopping list, you are guaranteed to find it in New York. Voted World’s Best Shopping Cities by Travel Channel’s, Christmas in New York is the ultimate holiday shopping destination.
San Antonio River Walk
Voted one of the 25 Best Shopping Cities in the U.S, San Antonio offers excellent shopping opportunities in the form of traditional malls, eclectic boutiques, art galleries and local artisan shops.
Its famous River Walk is lined with bars, shops, restaurants, nature, and public art, and offers a much-needed reprieve from holiday shopping.
During the holiday season, the River Walk is transformed into a wondrous spectacle of almost 2 million lights.
To add further Christmas cheer, the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling takes place each night on decorated barges from 6:15 to 8:30 pm.
The Grove is a Los Angeles shopping staple. You can expect lots of trendy stores, bargains, celebrity sightings and a few paparazzi.
Holiday festivities officially kick off with the annual The Grove Christmas Tree Lighting, which is dubbed the West Coast’s most anticipated holiday event. The event features star-studded entertainment with classic Christmas songs, Santa Claus’ arrival, the season’s first “snowfall,” the lighting of the tree, and a fireworks finale.
If you get too tired Christmas shopping, take the Grove Trolley, the free electric trolley that runs between the Grove and the nearby farmers market.
Check back with us tomorrow for our fifth blog, 5 holiday getaways to try this Christmas.