Christmas shopping in the USA

In the United States, it's not just houses and streets that are transformed into a winter wonderland around the holidays. Even Christmas shopping becomes a cinematic adventure here! We show you the best stores and shopping centers that outdo each other with Christmas decorations and X-Mas bargains!

Christmas shopping in the USA

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

Michigan is home to a true winter wonderland that is open all year long: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland! Bronner's is the largest Christmas department store in the world and covers an area of one and a half soccer fields with twinkling lights, ornaments, and festive decorations!

More than 100,000 lights await you outside, announcing a magical shopping experience. Inside, you'll find a huge selection of Christmas decorations, gift ideas, rare collectibles, and more.

Bronner's sells more than 6,000 different ornaments that can even be personalized. And if you want to take a break from the shopping hustle and bustle, sit in the contemplative Silent Night Chapel and enjoy the holy atmosphere.

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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland: facts

  • Location: Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Size: 30,000 m2
  • Christmas program: Santa Claus welcoming, living reindeer on certain days, Christmas lights every evening, Christmas caroling
  • How to get there: The closest airport is Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. Drive your rental car to Frankenmuth, which is about 30 minutes away.

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Mall of America

The Mall of America in Minnesota is not only a world-famous shopping destination but a real adventure, especially around Christmas! During the holidays, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the US transforms into a winter wonderland with festive decorations, live entertainment, and special events.

The iconic Nickelodeon Universe Amusement Park, located in the center of the Super Mall, is a family favorite with its Christmas-themed rides and attractions.

If you want to shop for unique gifts, you'll find a wide range of ideas in more than 500 stores, from luxury brands to local crafts. Want a Christmas date? Visit Santa in his place, enjoy the countless live musical performances, or take part in one of the festive workshops.

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Mall of America: facts

  • Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Size: 267,000 m2
  • Stores and services: 520
  • Christmas program: Holiday Music Festival, Rock the Red Kettle, Holiday light shows in Nickelodeon Universe
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Travel by rental car or take the METRO Blue Line.

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House of Holiday

The House of Holiday in New York is one of the best addresses for Christmas decorations in the Big Apple! The store, which spans 3.300 m2, is a treasure trove of festive delights. From giant Santas to great gift ideas and ornaments, House of Holiday has a wonderful selection for your Christmas cravings!

One of the outstanding features of the store is its extensive range of artificial Christmas trees in various sizes and styles. For traditionalists, of course, there are also freshly cut trees. You'll also find a perfect X-Mas adventure in House of Holiday's beautifully designed outdoor areas!

House of Holiday: facts

  • Location: Queens, New York City
  • Size: 3,300 m2
  • Christmas program: Meet Santa Claus, giant Christmas tree display, animated storefronts, Christmas craft workshops
  • How to get there: The closest subway station is Rockaway Blvd on the A-line, and from there, it's a short walk or bus ride to the store. If you're coming by rental car: there's parking, too!

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King of Prussia Mall

The King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania is known as one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. During the Christmas season, there are so many elegant decorations adorning the sprawling aisles that you truly feel like you're in a winter wonderland.

The sound of live Christmas carolers, the diverse range of over 450 stores, and the exciting Christmas program will give you a festive shopping experience! A number of events take place throughout the Christmas season, including photo sessions with Santa, craft workshops, and many live shows.

King of Prussia Shopping Center: Facts

  • Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • Size: 26,000 m2
  • Stores: Über 450
  • Christmas program: Santa's workshop, carolers every weekend, Christmas special sale
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is Philadelphia International Airport. Get a rental car or take the SEPTA bus service.

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South Coast Plaza

Located in California, South Coast Plaza is known for its luxury boutiques and world-class art collection. It offers a high-class shopping experience – especially around Christmastime!

Here, every effort is made to create a high-quality X-Mas ambiance. Elegant decorations, twinkling lights, and a huge Christmas tree set the tone for your magical shopping trip.

The mall's more than 250 boutiques offer you a wide range of gift options, from high-end fashion to unique arts and crafts.

In addition to shopping, South Coast Plaza is also home to several renowned theaters and galleries, making it a favorite hangout for culture lovers! Look forward to a number of Christmas events such as the tree lighting ceremony, live performances, and many special exhibitions!

South Coast Plaza: facts

  • Location: Costa Mesa, California
  • Size: 260,000 m2
  • Stores: 250
  • Christmas program: Christmas village, Christmas tree lighting, exclusive Christmas shopping opportunities
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is John Wayne Airport.

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The Galleria

As the largest mall in Texas, The Galleria in Houston, is a mecca for Christmas shoppers! The super mall is known for its stunning architecture with a glass atrium and a large ice skating rink! The range of over 400 stores will also provide you with the best Christmas gifts!

During the holidays, the mall is transformed into a winter wonderland with festive decorations and a giant Christmas tree towering over the ice rink. The Galleria also hosts a number of Christmas events, including ice skating shows, photo sessions with Santa, and festive workshops.

The Galleria: facts

  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Size: 223,000 m2
  • Stores: Over 400
  • Christmas programs: Ice skating with Santa, festive window displays, special Christmas promotions
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Come by rental car or METRO bus.

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Sawgrass Mills

Located in Florida, Sawgrass Mills is known as one of the largest outlet and value shopping destinations in the United States. The huge selection of over 350 stores offers unbeatable deals and makes the mall a hot spot for X-Mas bargain hunters! During the holiday season, Sawgrass Mills goes all out to create a festive atmosphere!

The mall's aisles are adorned with extravagant decorations, live entertainment adds to the festive spirit, and plenty of affordable Christmas deals – from luxury brands to popular retail chains – will tempt you to buy gifts! Around Christmas, Sawgrass Mills hosts a number of events, including holiday sales and festive live shows!

Sawgrass Mills: facts

  • Location: Sunrise, Florida
  • Size: 214,000 m2
  • Stores: Over 350
  • Christmas programs: Santa's Enchanted Forest, live Christmas performances, exclusive Christmas discounts
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Aventura Shopping Center

The Aventura Shopping Center in Florida is a beacon of luxury with an exclusive selection of over 250 boutiques and eateries. The mall's elegant architecture combined with its world-class art collection sets the tone for a high-end shopping experience.

During the Christmas season, Aventura Mall transforms into a festive oasis with stunning decorations and live entertainment.

You're sure to find the perfect Christmas gift here, as the selection is vast – from luxury fashion to unique arts and crafts! The mall hosts a number of festive events, including art exhibitions, live performances, and Christmas surprise promotions.

Aventura Shopping Center: facts

  • Location: Aventura, Florida
  • Size: 250,000 m2
  • Stores: Over 250
  • Christmas programs: Christmas parade to welcome Santa, seasonal sales events, light shows, live performances
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is Miami International Airport.

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Destiny USA

As New York's largest shopping mall, Destiny USA offers a diverse selection of over 250 stores, restaurants, and entertainment options. During the holiday season, of course, the mall goes all out to create a festive atmosphere!

The elaborate decorations, lots of entertainment, and great selection of stores will ensure you have a perfect time on your X-Mas stroll! A number of events take place here throughout the holiday season, including Christmas sales, shows, and special promotions. And when you're done in Syracuse, check back for a Christmas getaway in New York City!

Destiny USA: facts

  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Size: 223,000 m2
  • Stores: Over 250
  • Christmas programs: Meet and greet with Santa, events, workshops, and shows, special Christmas offers
  • How to get there: The nearest airport is Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

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