Posted by: Amy
November 21, 2013
It’s nearing the end of November, which means the holiday shopping frenzy is about to begin! Tempe is always my favorite place to shop during the holidays because of the wide variety of shops and holiday activities that surround you while you’re shopping. From Santa Claus listening to wishes to Arizona Mills, to snow falling on your eye lashes at Tempe Marketplace to trees filled with twinkling lights on Mill Avenue, the ambiance in Tempe is perfect to get into the holiday spirit!
Explore more than 100 fun shops in the Mill Avenue District. Beginning November 29, shopping along Mill Avenue becomes a festive holiday spot with twinkling holiday lights in all the trees. Pick out an ASU Sun Devil t-shirt at Campus Corner, find the perfect footwear at The Shoe Mill or accessorize an outfit at Urban Outfitters. While strolling the shops, stop in at one of the delicious eateries such as La Bocca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, House of Tricks or Rula Bula Irish Pub.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts will fill the Mill Avenue District with as many as 400 artist booths from December 6-8. With jewelry, paintings, photography and everything in between, you can discover truly one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list. This popular outdoor festival features live music, tasty food, the Arizona Wine Festival and The Art of Beer.
Visitors can shop at their favorite spots at Tempe Marketplace, including The Gap, JCPenney, Divaz Boutique, Barnes & Noble, Penzeys Spices and Pier1 Imports. While strolling the outdoor marketplace, be entertained with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, games galore at Dave & Busters and feature films at the Harkins movie theatre. A touch of holiday magic will appear at Tempe Marketplace during the “Snow What Fun” nightly snowfall, November 27-December 24 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. by the District stage. The eight minute snowfall, brought to Tempe Marketplace by MagicSnow, features flakes of “snow” that families will be able to touch and play with…just like the real thing.
Arizona Mills is a shopper’s paradise, featuring over 175 popular outlets and stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, The Disney Store Outlet, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Nike Factory Store and more. Don’t forget to sprinkle in some extra fun while shopping to enjoy SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, Harkins IMAX Theatre or GameWorks during your visit. There are lots of yummy places to refuel while bargain hunting, including Rainforest Café, Joe’s Crab Shack and food court with a selection of eateries. Arizona Mills kicked-off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus on Friday, November 7, where little ones can tell Santa their wishes and get a special photo op with Santa himself.
And, for those who love to shop on Black Friday, Arizona Mills will have extended holiday hours starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 28. This adds up to 48 hours of Black Friday weekend savings at this popular mall.
IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings warehouse, is a destination of its own. Among the fantastic deals you can find for the home, you can also grab a bite to eat at the restaurant inside. And, visitors can feel good about doing their holiday shopping at IKEA. This holiday season, for each purchase of an IKEA Soft Toy, including fairytale-character stuffed animals, finger puppets and books, $1.34 is donated to the Soft Toys for Education Campaign. The Soft Toys for Education Campaign helps raise money to educate children around the world, and has already donated $74 million to UNICEF and Save the Children. IKEA also supports the local Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) with their annual Toy Shoppe. Customers can purchase an IKEA Soft Toy to benefit Unicef & Save the Children and then drop it in the TCAA Donation bin at the store exit. New, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted from the public starting Black Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 22, 2013.
For more information about holiday shopping and events in Tempe, Arizona please visit www.TempeTourism.com.