It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the countdown begins to the busiest shopping season in the United States. With so many shopping centers advertising special holiday deals, choosing the stores you want to visit can be overwhelming. Our shopping picks will point you in the right direction for the best D.C. area shopping malls and markets to maximize your Christmas shopping time! CityCenterDC: With over 20 high-end specialty stores and dining venues, CityCenterDC offers something special to the Alexandria area. City Center is home to well-known brands, such as Burberry, David Yurman, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton. With so many options, you’re holiday shopping will be a breeze! They also have various events coming up for the holiday season, such as their Second Annual CityCenterDC Holiday Tree Lighting. This tree lighting, held on November 28th at 6pm, will include special performances, delicious treats, and fun for all! Come for the lighting and stay for dinner at one of their world-class dining establishments. Old Town Alexandria: If you’re looking for a downhome feel with upscale shopping and restaurants, then look no further than Old Town Alexandria. This area of the City of Alexandria offers unique establishments that sell home décor, antiques, home restoration goods, art, and much more. With over 50 different restaurants and happy hour specials, there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! After the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop – there are multiple venues with live music and other nightlife activities that everyone will enjoy! Tanger Premium Outlets – National Harbor: The Tanger Premium Outlets offer a wide selection of stores that carry everything from apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, home furnishings, and much more. With over 100 specialty shops and dining establishments, you’re sure to cross of everything on your holiday shopping checklist! For the holiday season, Tanger Premium Outlets will be opening at special times – even at 6pm on Thanksgiving night! They will be offering other holiday deals for your convenience, don’t miss out! Tysons Corner Center: As one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, Tysons offers a variety of stores to answer all of your holiday shopping needs. With over 300 specialty shops and restaurants, you’re sure to find everything that is on your gift list, and then some! The Tysons Corner Center is only 13 miles outside Washington D.C., making it an easy trek for locals and visitors to the area. The center also features an AMC movie theater and ice skating rink, perfect for taking a break during your all-day holiday shopping extravaganza. Check the Tyson’s Corner website for information on holiday sales and events. Downtown Holiday Market: This market, open from November 27th – December 23rd, spotlights more than 150 local businesses selling a variety of holiday items, all in one location: the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, between 7th and 9th streets NW. With an assortment of homemade items, you’re sure to find what everyone is asking for this Christmas! The market features paintings, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and more. They also feature live entertainment, with artists from every genre of music. Union Station: $160-million later, Union Station isn’t just a tourist attraction anymore! With over 100 shops and restaurants, the station hosts daily trains and buses in and out of the city and shopping and dining for every taste. Union Station also features an outside market and 9-screen movie theater, so there is something for everyone to do during your Christmas shopping outing. Opened in 1907, Union Station features Roman architecture details, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for your Christmas shopping and daily commute. After your holiday shopping is complete, you’ll definitely want to find a D.C. area hotel near you and Holiday Inn Express – Alexandria offers a Shopping Package to help you score more holiday shopping deals!