Where to Go Christmas Shopping in Scottsdale This Holiday Season

From independent boutiques to sprawling shopping malls, Scottsdale is one of the Southwest's can't-miss shopping destinations, especially during the busy holiday season.

For a huge selection of high-end fashion boutiques, home decor, tech gadgets and everything else on your list, you can't go wrong with a trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square. It's one of the largest shopping malls in the southwest, with more than 225 retail shops, including Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Max Mara and Anthropologie.

During the festive holiday season, take a stroll down 5th Avenue to explore the variety of boutiques, art galleries and sundry shops.

Families planning a holiday shopping expedition will want to make a pit stop at Kierland Commons. This large shopping center is home to popular stores like Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, Barnes & Noble, and Sur la Table. The shopping center was designed to give shoppers a Main Street feel with a central plaza and sidewalks. It's also home to an impressive Christmas display every year.

And where can you find the latest trends in fashion? Head over to the Scottsdale Quarter. This hip outdoor mall is home to upscale boutiques, a movie theater, restaurants, and a lovely fountain decked out in holiday colors. 




The Shops Gainey Village

A one-time ranch, this site is now home to a rambling complex of shops and restaurants, all beautifully landscaped. The Old West lives on in the center's general decor, and its aesthetic adorns the impressive collection of upscale and high-end boutiques. Art, women's apparel, home furnishings, and bath and beauty products can all be had. This is a great spot if you want to sample the city's high-end specialty shops and locally owned boutiques. Tempting dining options include the New American eatery Bloom, Pei Wei, and Paradise Bakery & Cafe. You'll enjoy browsing the manicured grounds almost as much as patronizing the shops.

Looking for a traditional German holiday market? Head slightly north to Cave Creek from Scottsdale for the annual Christkindlmarkt " a traditional German Christmas market organized by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. The Christkindlmarkt, which hearkens back to the holiday celebrations that have been celebrated throughout central Europe since the Middle Ages, features local artisans selling holiday gifts and merchandise like candles, Christmas ornaments and other unique gifts. This family-friendly market also features traditional German and Polish cuisine, and entertainment designed to appeal to the whole family. The event is free.

The Promenade

A Scottsdale landmark, this shopping center combines big-name retailers, specialty shops, office space, and tempting restaurants all under one roof. Towering above the complex is a 125-foot spire conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright but never built by him â€" it's now a stunning architectural accent, especially when illuminated at night. Popular stops at the center include The Great Indoors, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Maggiano's Little Italy, and In-N-Out Burger. Over 45 other shops and eateries attract folks to this busy outdoor mall. The Promenade is a shopping destination featuring a mix of big-name retailers and specialty shops offering both value and style. Whether you're looking for a specialty boutique or a large chain store, this outdoor mall has it all.


Incorporated into a planned community, this impressive shopping center was designed to have a Main Street feel, complete with sidewalks, a plaza, and buildings of varied appearance, all linked by a unity of design. Along with shops are residences, office space, and more. Some of the name brand retailers you'll find here include Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, Anthropologie, and Sur la Table. Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's, and Morton's, The Steakhouse. Kierland Commons plays host to fun community events throughout the year, such as workshops and classes. There is also a popular weekly outdoor summer concert series.

The Hilton Village is located on Scottsdale Road, just a stone's throw away from the Hilton Resort. This busy, upscale casual shopping destination features a fun mix of specialty boutiques and popular big-name retailers. Some of the highlights here include the popular Cupcakes, Lindsay Lou's Boutique, the Diva Plus Size shop, the Chocolate Shop, Houston's, The Linen Tree, and more. There is also a Chico's, Urbayn, Sylvia's Designers Touch, Patrick James, Hall of Frames and a new consignment shop is scheduled to open soon. This is an excellent shopping destination in midtown Scottsdale if you're shopping for women's and men's apparel.

The Scottsdale Waterfront is a 1.1 million-square-foot project located at the edges of Old Town Scottsdale. This modern mixed-use development features retail, office, restaurant and high-rise residential buildings. Retailers include Urban Outfitters, High Point, David's Bridal, Primp & Blow, Polished the Dental Spa and Verizon Wireless. Restaurants at the Scottsdale Waterfront include Zoes Kitchen, P.F. Chang's, Culinary Dropout, Olive & Ivy, Wildfish and Sauce. The Waterfront district features pedestrian-only areas and a bridge to the nearby Fifth Avenue and Southbridge districts. Access to tranquil walking paths makes this a great place to take a breather from the buzz of Old Town Scottsdale.

This charming section of Old Town features plenty of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment in a pedestrian-friendly quarter. Eclectic specialty stores line the street, and shoppers stroll between them on the tree-lined avenue or take advantage of ubiquitous bicycle-taxis and a free trolley. Clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and gifts for the home and garden are all at-hand. Forming a hub for the district's activity is a striking, dynamic fountain by sculptor Bob Parks that features five rearing Arabian horses. This is a must-see destination to anyone paying a visit to downtown Scottsdale, and the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.

The Scottsdale Quarter is a mixed-use shopping center in north central Scottsdale that's urban, chic and decidedly hip. Towering palm trees, water features and more than 370,000 square feet of retail space. Upscale boutiques make this a destination for fashionistas and serious shoppers. Some of the retail shops at the Quarter include Apple, Calvin Klein, Bath & Body Works, Express, Free People, Kendra Scott, Drybar, Calypso St. Barth, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Elan Style, Dr. Martens, Swimspot, Verde Maison, and West Elm. The Scottsdale Quarter is also home to some of the hippest eateries in town, including True Food Kitchen, Brio Tuscan Grille, TK's Urban Tavern, Eddie V's, Stingray Sushi, and Zinburger. There's also a spa (Dolce Salon & Spa), so you can treat yourself to some pampering in between browsing.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

One of the largest malls in the Southwest, this upscale shopping center contains more than 225 stores and restaurants, including 40 that are the sole representatives of their brand in Arizona. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Macy's ably fill anchor store roles; other venues include Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Max Mara, Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, and Sephora. An "Enchanted Kingdom" play area and a seven-screen cinema keep the entire family entertained. Spacious, pleasant, and airy, the mall encourages relaxed shopping. Stop by guest services for a map. The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau also has a Scottsdale Fashion Square's Concierge Desk providing visitor information.

Old Town Scottsdale
Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Many of this district's buildings date from the 1920s and have been renovated to house an appealing collection of specialty shops, which the neighborhood is known for today. Top-notch Native American and Mexican jewelry and crafts sit alongside wallet-friendly souvenirs in many shops, offering a little Old Town magic for all budgets. Over 150 stores and restaurants inhabit the area, so you're ensured of a great meal to conclude a day of shopping. Scottsdale Historical Museum offers an enticing break from the many stores. The Old Town Scottsdale shopping district is a must-see for visitors, as well as a great place to pick up a souvenir.


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