Thanksgiving is almost here! That means Christmas is just a month away. The shopping season is upon us. These shopping destinations come alive at the holidays but are a great place to visit any time of year.
Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL
Chicago’s most famous thoroughfare is a shopper’s dream. From Crate & Barrel’s four-story flagship store to Water Tower Place and its eight-level atrium to luxury retailers such as Chanel, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Prada, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, there is something for everyone. Set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful skylines in the world, the Magnificent Mile is a magical place to visit at the holidays.
Bonus: On the south side of the Chicago River stands one of the world’s largest department stores. Opened in 1907 as Marshall Field & Company, the store now operates as Macy’s. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the largest Tiffany glass mosaic dome in the country. During the holidays, store windows are lavishly decorated in the old-fashioned tradition and shoppers enjoy lunch under the large Christmas tree in the historic Walnut Room.
Mall of America | Bloomington, MN
America’s largest shopping mall welcomes 40 million visitors every year and is so big it could hold seven Yankee Stadiums. Mall of America will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday so get to bed early the night before!
Bonus: If the mall’s 550+ stores aren’t enough to keep you occupied, take your kids to Nickelodeon Universe®, seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment, or American Girl, featuring character shopping, dining and a doll hair salon. There’s also a movie theater and aquarium.
The German-settled village of Frankenmuth welcomes more than three million visitors a year. Frankenmuth’s quaint architecture, fun festivals and unique shopping like Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which claims to be the largest Christmas-themed store in the world, make it an ideal holiday shopping destination.
Bonus: Enjoy a meal at Zehnder’s, a destination in its own right, that features all-you-can-eat chicken dinners and fresh baked goods. The restaurant first opened in the 1950s and is one of the largest in the country.
Fifth Avenue | New York, NY
Shop, eat, shop, sleep, repeat. You could spend days walking up and down New York’s famed Fifth Avenue and never run out of retailers and boutiques to visit. From department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel to the original Tiffany & Co., from luxury brands like Harry Winston and Prada to Apple’s flagship store, Fifth Avenue is the ultimate shopping destination.
Bonus: Head west to Times Square and the new 110,000 square-foot Toys ‘R’ Us. Inside this emporium of toys is a life-size dollhouse and 60-foot-tall indoor Ferris wheel.
This picturesque small town nestled in the Cascade Mountains is about two hours from Seattle. Leavenworth has been called the ultimate holiday destination because of its snow-capped mountainous terrain, Bavarian-style architecture, and beautiful, sunny winter weather. The holidays bring carolers, sleigh rides, twinkling lights and unique shopping at their annual Christkindlmarkt.
Bonus: Leavenworth’s Nutcracker Museum displays over 6,000 specimens of nutcrackers from Roman times to present day. Fun fact – the museum’s owner was Conan O’Brien’s first guest when his late-night show Conan debuted on TBS in 2010.
Do you enjoy shopping when you travel? What amazing shopping destinations did we miss?