Deck the Palm Trees with Space Coast Holiday Shopping

Who would expect that one of our favorite places to knock out holiday shopping wouldn't have snow or pine trees? 

Give Rudolph's nose a rest from the snow blanketing other parts of the country and head south this winter – to the Space Coast, for some beach-infused holiday shopping. 

Make a new (warm!) tradition to visit the Space Coast when the temps drop, and go on a shopping adventure at one of the Space Coast's best vintage shops, Cottage Rose, where you can browse holiday decor and truly one-of-a-kind gifts for even the pickiest mom on your list. Or find a quirky and fun stocking stuffer at Cape Canaveral's SuperVillian Comics. 

The shopping malls and downtown districts throughout the Space Coast go all out this time of year, too. One of our favorites is Cocoa Village, which organizes an annual holiday bazaar, packed with local arts and crafts. In downtown Eau Gallie, don't miss the annual Christmas tree lighting, in between browsing the unique shops in the area. 

Wondering where to bring your kids to get their picture with Santa Claus? The festive Merritt Square Mall has been known to attract the jolly ol' man, so add that to your shopping to-do list. 

Here are the Space Coast's top 10 holiday shopping hotspots. 

Space Coast Lightfest
Photo courtesy of Josh Hinds

When you want to combine your entertainment with your holiday shopping, head to the annual Space Coast Lightfest. Prepare to be wowed by more than 2.7 million lights glowing holiday cheer throughout Melbourne's Wickham Park, and then head...  Read More

Hammock Landing Mall
Photo courtesy of Hammock Landing Mall

Hammock Landing in West Melbourne is the Space Coast's newest mall and the home to plenty of popular retailers. Located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Palm Bay Road, this open-air shopping complex can connect you with new clothes,...  Read More

The Avenue Viera
Photo courtesy of Avenue Viera

One of the Space Coast's newer shopping destinations, The Avenue Viera is an enormous open air center that has a pedestrian-friendly look and layout – one that entices shoppers to linger in the attractive commons and take their time as they...  Read More

Downtown Titusville

Make Titusville a part of you holiday shopping attack plan – especially the annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts, typically held mid-November. This event features handmade and homemade crafts that you can buy, in between munching on...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
SuperVillian Comics
Photo courtesy of SuperVillian Comics

This comic shop first opened as a tiny 400-square-foot shop in Texas in 2004, and quickly began growing. In 2013, SuperVillian Comics opened doors in Cocoa Beach, Fla., conveniently across the street from the Ron Jon Surf Shop. But that location...  Read More

Merritt Island
Merritt Square Mall

Located right on the Banana River, this island mall is a fun, comfortable place to spend your time – and money. More than 80 brand name specialty shops have outposts here, from Sephora to Champs and Aeropostale, you're sure to find all the...  Read More

Downtown Eau Gallie
Photo courtesy of Eau Gallie Arts District

Actually part of Melbourne (the two cities merged in the 1960s), the area known as Eau Gallie retains a personality – an identity – that's all its own. Located right on the Indian River, Eau Gallie boasts a pleasant, slow-paced attitude that...  Read More

Cottage Rose
Photo courtesy of Cottage Rose

Cottage Rose in Indialantic is where you can find the most unique and unusual items on your loved ones' Christmas lists. You won't find these kinds of gifts in big-box shops at the mall. Here, you will delight in the old and the new:...  Read More

Downtown Melbourne is is great destination for handmade gifts, such as soaps and lotions. It's also your best bet if the Christmas wish-list you're filling includes antique, vintage, repurposed, quirky or unusual tastes. Check out the annual...  Read More

On the Indian River, this quaint, historic, little town is rich with old-fashioned charm. Cocoa Village is easily the best place to shop on the Space Coast, and one of the region's most popular destinations for visitors, too. Stroll down...  Read More


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