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8 One-Stop Shops in OC to Start Your Holiday Shopping Early This Year

Here’s How to Fill Those Stockings This Year

Although Amazon can make it feel like your gifts are being delivered by St. Nick himself, part of what makes this season so special are the twinkling lights, outdoor ice rinks and Santa sightings that happen while you’re out and about. Opt out of online shopping this year and get into the holiday spirit by visiting some of our favorite shopping destinations in Orange County. 


South Coast Plaza

With more than 250 stylish boutiques and critically acclaimed restaurants, it’s no wonder South Coast Plaza is Orange County’s most popular destination for holiday shopping. Whether you’re searching for a special designer gift or a one-of-a-kind item this year, you’re sure to find it here! Since there is so much to do and see, why not make this shopping trip a staycation situation? South Coast Plaza has teamed up with Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel to bring you the ultimate holiday getaway! This Luxury Shopping Package includes overnight deluxe accommodations at Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa Hotel, a $100 gift card and VIP Passport to South Coast Plaza (with a two-night minimum stay), passes to their exclusive Access Lounge Suite, complimentary valet parking at South Coast Plaza, two post-shopping cocktails lakeside at Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar and more. Take time for yourself this holiday season and book your stay while this deal lasts!


Orange County Holiday Shopping

Bella Terra

Conveniently located off of the 405 freeway in Huntington Beach, the stores at Bella Terra are as cool as its laid-back vibe. Shop for the outdoor explorer in your life at REI, pick out a present for your wanderlusting cousin at World Market or get a gift for your overly organized friend at Bed, Bath and Beyond. There is something for everyone at this coastal-casual shopping center. Before you go, check out their holiday events happening all month long, which the kiddos are sure to love.

Location: Huntington Beach



Lido Marina Village

Photograph Provided By: Lido Marina Village

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a mellow shopping experience or chic elegant energy, Lido Marina Village has it all! Spend time shopping at one of the many quaint boutiques (don’t miss Seavees across the street!), enjoy dining waterside at one of the charming restaurants and snap a selfie on their decorated sun deck. With live music and interactive events, it’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit while visiting this adorable bayfront shopping center.

Location: Newport Beach 




Old Towne Orange

Photogaphy By: Chris Jepsen / Flickr

Nestled in the center of Orange County, sits the historic area of Old Towne Orange. For over a century, Park Plaza has been a gathering place for residents and visitors near and far. While newer, trendy boutiques have opened their doors around town in recent years, you can still find authentic and classic gifts at one of the plaza’s vintage shops, collectible dealers or art galleries.

Location: Orange 



The Outlets at San Clemente

This shopping center is not only home to some of the best designer deals, but it also features the tallest Christmas tree in OC! The center is open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and you’ll want an entire day to check out the wide selection of shops these outlets have to offer. There will also be special holiday deals at stores like Under Armour, Asics and Zales (because diamonds always make a great gift).

Location: San Clemente



The LAB Anti-Mall

If suburban shopping isn’t really your scene and you stress every time you step foot in a shopping center, then chill out and check out this Costa Mesa anti-mall! The LAB stands for “Little American Business” and strives to support local artists, musicians, fashion and restaurants. Once a month, they host a Makers Market where you can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local artisans and creatives. Plus, the entire layout and design of this funky collective will have you wooed.

Location: Costa Mesa



The District at Tustin Legacy

With endless entertainment, chef-driven restaurants, fun fitness classes and signature shops, The District at Tustin Legacy is the core of the Tustin community. Spoil mom with a massage from Massage Envy, pick up a dessert for your holiday party at Nothing Bundt Cakes or a sweet treat for your pup at Woofpak. Better yet, your furry friend can even pose for pictures with Santa at PetSmart! Be sure to visit their website for dates and details. 

Location: Tustin


Orange County Holiday Shopping

Pacific City

Between a holiday party for the kids and decorating cookies for Santa, no one does Christmas quite like Huntington Beach’s Pacific City. While the oceanfront shopping is a major plus, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there all season long, posing for pictures and reading Christmas stories to the little ones in an adorable Airstream. There will also be a community toy drive with an inspirational holiday performance by the Orange County Song & Dance Company. Don’t miss out on the festivities!

Location: Huntington Beach 


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