‘Tis the Season: Las Vegas' 10 Best Places for Christmas Shopping

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

If you’re Christmas shopping in Las Vegas, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Malls on and off the Strip are full of a wide range of shops, and their decorations and holiday festivities keep spirits high.

Shoppers will find every kind of luxury retailer along the Strip, and if you’d like to splurge on designer brands or jewelry there’s no shortage of stores to browse. If money is no object, The Shops at Crystals is the perfect place to surprise someone with an opulent present they’re sure to cherish.

If you’re working on a more modest holiday budget, one of Las Vegas’ outlet malls can help stretch your dollars. The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is close to Downtown Las Vegas and offers big names at sizeable discounts at popular retailers like Under Armour and DKNY.

Many of the malls on the Las Vegas Strip feature stores shoppers won't find anyplace else and offer a terrific variety of stores. The Fashion Show Mall is ideal for those who still have several people to buy presents for, with a wide selection of shops for children and adults alike. With stores like The LEGO Store and Hot Topic just steps away from Apple and Microsoft, shoppers can get all of their shopping done under one roof.

Put on your Santa hat and check out our list of the 10 best places to go Christmas shopping in Las Vegas.

10. Downtown Container Park
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Christmas shoppers in Downtown Las Vegas will find boutique shops and a selection of restaurants at Downtown Container Park. The compact shopping area is made out of re-purposed shipping containers and other locally-made building elements, giving the area a hip, modern vibe and look. The open-air complex holds 39 shops, restaurants and bars. While shoppers won't find mass market name brands here, they will find unique and local retailers like handcrafted jewelry at Jewelry by Athena, Vegas Flip Flop, fun toys at Kappa Toys, Art Box and Winky Designs are some of the other Las Vegas-based retailers, and a collection of restaurants and bars give holiday shoppers plenty of options for places to rest and refuel.

9. Downtown Summerlin
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Shop 'til you drop this holiday season at one of Las Vegas' newest shopping centers, Downtown Summerlin. Located west of the Strip, this open-air, pet-friendly mall is home to a wide collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants. Dillard's and Macy's are the center's anchors, and other tenants include Forever 21, Hot Topic, Sephora, Old Navy, Teavana, Victoria's Secret, Trader Joe's and more. When it's time to take a break and have something to eat, Downtown Summerlin offers several delectable dining options, such as MTO Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Andiron, PS702 and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Guests can also unwind by checking out the latest must-see movie at Regal Downtown Summerlin.

8. Las Vegas South Premium Outlets
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Just south of Mandalay Bay and away from the busy Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas South Premium Outlets delivers significant discounts on popular brands. Shoppers of all ages will find outlets for both old favorites and trendy new name brands. The mall's stores include Adidas, Aeropostale, Big Dogs, Bose, Coach, Converse, Michael Kors, New Balance, Skechers, True Religion, Wet Seal and Zumiez. Shoppers will find casual and fast-food options throughout the mall, as well as plentiful parking. Making the short drive to this mall can really pay off: guests can save anywhere from 25 to 65 percent, making this a popular holiday shopping destination with both tourists and locals alike.

7. Miracle Mile Shops
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Holiday shoppers are sure to find the perfect present at this sleek complex--and have fun while doing it. Boasting 200 stores, restaurants and several live performance venues, Miracle Mile is home to MAC Cosmetics, Desigual and LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, GUESS, Bath & Body Works, Urban Outfitters, H&M and Flight 23 at Footaction, which features displays of Michael Jordan memorabilia, along with specialty merchandise. Other restaurants and retailers at Miracle Mile include PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Cabo Wabo, both boasting a Strip-side locations with excellent food, drinks and special events; and Sugar Factory, the sweet shop adored by Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

6. Las Vegas North Premium Outlets
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Holiday shoppers looking for name brands and discount prices will find plenty of stores that satisfy all their needs at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets mall. With Downtown's reputation for being the more affordable side of Las Vegas, it only makes sense that one of the city's best outlet malls is located there. Featuring 175 stores, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets is home to many upper- and mid-range retailers--stores like Calvin Klein, DKNY and Reebok. Other tenants include A|X Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Burberry, Disney Outlet, Dolce & Gabbana, Hot Topic, Under Armour, True Religion, UGG Australia, Wolverine and more. Shoppers can save anywhere from 25 to 65 percent, making Las Vegas North Premium Outlets one of the best shopping bets in Las Vegas for those on a holiday budget.

5. Town Square Las Vegas
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Town Square is known year-round for its standout shops, trendy restaurants and entertainment options. The open-air, pet-friendly center features several buildings situated along pedestrian-friendly streets and lushly landscaped walkways. The inviting atmosphere is ideal for enjoying a day with the family, or a leisurely afternoon of Christmas shopping. Shoppers will find a mix of retailers at Town Square, including ANGL, American Eagle, Apple, Charming Charlie, Tommy Bahama, bebe, Whole Foods Market, Guitar Center, The Dog House, H&M, Old Navy and Sephora. Dining options range from family favorites like California Pizza Kitchen and Claim Jumper to hot spots for food and drinks like Blue Martini, Double Helix Wine and Whiskey Lounge, Yard House, Texas de Brazil, and McFadden's. Town Square also features an 18-screen movie theater as well as its own children's park.

4. Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo

Cobblestone walkways, an illuminated painted ceiling, and a quarter-mile-long Grand Canal combine to make a beautiful backdrop to Christmas shopping at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo. The picturesque retail center features more than 160 signature stores with dozens of the world's premier luxury brands, including Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Burberry, Dooney & Bourke, Guerlain, Harley Davidson, White House Black Market and Michael Kors. It's also home to more than a dozen restaurants, many led by award-winning chefs like Wolfgang Puck at CUT, Emeril Lagasse at Table 10 and Delmonico Steakhouse, db Brasserie by Daniel Boulud and B&B Burger & Beer by Mario Batali and Joe Bastanich.

3. The Shops at Crystals
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Several of the world's most exclusive retailers have a presence at The Shops at Crystals, making it the perfect place to do some holiday shopping for that special someone. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to Aria, its array of upscale and unique brands include one of the largest Louis Vuitton stores in the world, as well as flagship stores for Prada, Gucci, FENDI and Dolce & Gabbana Women's. Unique-to-the-market retailers include Sisley, Kiton, Lanvin, Mikimoto, Paul Smith, Porsche Design and Tourbillon. The Shops at Crystals is also home to several restaurants, including Mastro's Ocean Club, Todd English P.U.B. and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina.

2. The Forum Shops at Caesars
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The Forum Shops at Caesars is one of the best places in Las Vegas to go shopping for great Christmas gifts. The mall's collection of couture and boutique shops are housed in a large and fancifully designed space that comes complete with several recreations of ancient Roman statuary, all of which is decked out with Christmas decorations during the holidays. It's home to more than 160 specialty retailers and upscale restaurateurs, including Cartier, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Kate Spade, La Perla, MAC Cosmetics, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany, Apple and the United States' largest authorized watch retailer, Tourneau Time Dome. When you need to refuel, there are plenty of restaurants on premise sure to cure shoppers' hunger pangs, like Sushi Roku, Spago, The Cheesecake Factory and The Palm.

1. Fashion Show
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The Fashion Show Mall is sure to have something for everyone on your gift-giving list this holiday season. This mall located right on the Strip boats more than 250 boutiques and stores, which include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Macy's Men's, Dillard's, Nordstrom and Forever 21. Other popular retailers include Microsoft, Calvin Klein Performance, Urban Outfitters, The LEGO Store and the Disney Store. For shoppers hungry for a quick bite to eat, Fashion Show boasts a massive food court featuring everything from KFC Express to Hot Dog on a Stick. There are plenty of sit-down restaurants in the retail center as well, like California Pizza Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Kona Grill, Stripburger and a new Benihana.