Best Christmas Shopping in Scottsdale

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. The open-air shopping center is home to upscale boutiques, a movie theater, restaurants and lovely green spaces decked out in holiday colors. 




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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Shops at Gainey Village offers eclectic shopping and dining options in a convenient midtown Scottsdale location.

Patricia's expert tip: If you need a break from holiday shopping, The Shops is home to Sirius Day Spa and Rolfs Salon.

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Located in Cave Creek's Frontier Town, the Cave Creek Candles & Gifts store is the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir or gift item during your visit to this Western village. In business since 1997, Cave Creek Candles & Gifts specializes in hand-poured artisan candles, specialty lines with embedded features, luminaries, pillars, votives and tea lights. Owners Steve and Roxanne have developed a proprietary formula that creates clean-burning, beautifully scented candles, The store has expanded their candle and aromatherapy lines to include wax-related accessories and unique artisan-made specialty gift items. A great place to pick up locally-made gifts.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: A unique artisan shop that makes candles in-house. These are very Arizona gifts made with chiles as well as candles made to look like rattlesnake skin.

Patricia's expert tip: The specialty candles at Cave Creek Candles & Gifts are shipped worldwide.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Promenade is a landmark Scottsdale shopping center with an impressive Christmas lights display.

Patricia's expert tip: The Promenade is home to legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Spire, which is made out of approximately 1,700 individual pieces of steel. It was originally designed for the Arizona State Capitol.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Kierland Commons is a popular North Scottsdale shopping center with a Main Street holiday feel.

Patricia's expert tip: Guests staying at the nearby Westin Kierland Resort & Spa enjoy exclusive discounts at Kierland Commons via the Key to Kierland program. Visit The Westin Mining Company to get a list of offers and participating retailers to use the key.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Hilton Village is a popular midtown Scottsdale destination for high-end men's and women's apparel.

Patricia's expert tip: Need a break from the stress of holiday shopping? Hilton Village is home to nail salons and spas. Make it a full circle experience and book an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment.

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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 Zoe's 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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Scottsdale Waterfront is an excellent pedestrian-friendly shopping destination in a convenient downtown destination, and it's beautifully bedecked in holiday glitter for the season.

Patricia's expert tip: Use the pedestrian-only bridge to connect to the surrounding Southbridge and Scottsdale Fifth Avenue Shopping districts.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The 5th Avenue Shops in Scottsdale offers a good selection of apparel, art and gift shops in a friendly, pedestrian-friendly setting.

Patricia's expert tip: 5th Avenue is the home to the famous Bob Parks horse fountain, one of the city's most photographed sculptures, so make sure to bring your camera.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The Scottsdale Quarter often features live music and has dazzling holiday decor.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't forget to check out The Quad, a park-like space featuring the largest pop-jet fountain in the region.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the largest malls in the Southwest and a great place to get all your shopping done.

Patricia's expert tip: During the holiday shopping season, Santa is available for photos starting in mid-November through late December in the Palm Court.

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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.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Old Town in Scottsdale is a pedestrian-friendly shopping haven with a diverse selection of shops and galleries.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop by The Coach House, the oldest bar in this part of Scottsdale, to see the bar's very impressive holiday light display.

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