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Holiday Shopping in San Jose, CA: Unique Gifts & Festive Fun

Posted by: Sonesta San Jose Milpitas
01 Dec
Holiday Shopping in San Jose, CA: Unique Gifts & Festive Fun

Fill Everyone's Stockings with Holiday Shopping in San Jose, CA
Whether you're a last-minute shopper or you like to buy all your gifts early and then relax, Silicon Valley offers an exceptional variety of retail centers where you can conquer your holiday gift list. Start at beautiful Santana Row, San Jose's acclaimed outdoor shopping lane with European style and an artistic air. You'll also find classic indoor malls, unique shopping events, and the largest outlet mall in Northern California. Discover the perfect gift for everyone you love when you go holiday shopping in San Jose, CA.

Santana Row: Upscale Holiday Shopping & Open-Air Strolling
Inspired by glamorous European shopping lanes, Santana Row is a lovely destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. It just feels special, with carved stone archways, mosaic artwork, and flowers all around. Walk cobblestone streets and find plenty of outdoor seating. Trickling fountains and tree-lined walkways create a relaxing mood for holiday excursions, and you'll find an incredible array of trendy boutiques and upscale retailers - not to mention the amazing restaurants and sidewalk cafes (over 30 total). Browse more than 50 shops with exquisite gifts for those with good taste, including Madewell, Anthropologie, Gucci, Sephora, and Tommy Bahama. If you need a break, catch the latest holiday blockbuster at the CineArts movie theater. In addition to epic holiday shopping in San Jose, CA, Santana Row also hosts special events throughout the season. Plan your shopping excursion for one of these days for an extra dose of holiday cheer:

  • November 19: Santana Row Elf Scavenger Hunt
  • November 19: Santana Row Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • November 29: Shop Till You Drop Black Friday Cirque du Soleil Gift-With-Purchase (spend $1000 for two free tickets)
  • November 29: One Warm Coat Charity Drive
  • December 5: Haute Holiday Soiree
  • December 7: Makers Market in the Park
  • December 8: Santa Paws Benefiting Humane Society Silicon Valley
  • December 10: Mommy & Me and Daddies Too Kids Club: HoliYAY Party
  • December 22: Cars & Croissants on the Row

Westfield Valley Fair Luxury Mall: Fresh New Look & Designer Brands
Looking for something by Louis Vuitton, Prada, or Cartier? Head to this luxury mall in San Jose for all your name-brand holiday shopping. It's right around the corner from Santana Row, and features more than 200 stores. Recently remodeled to the tune of $1.1 billion, the mall is now a high-end hotspot. Be sure to browse at the Nordstrom, which offers a stunning collection of brands like Mulberry, Versace, and Tiffany & Co. There's also a new Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's, plus an outdoor dining promenade.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show: Hunt for Handmade Treasures
Held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, this cheerful three-day event is the perfect opportunity to find handmade, artisan goods for everyone on your list. Taking place from November 29 through December 1 this year, the holiday market showcases merchandise from over 300 artisans, everything from metalwork and glasswork to specialty foods, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and photography - plus so much more. In addition to the shopping, it's a jubilant scene with strolling singers and performers along with a main stage for entertainment. Enjoy holiday refreshments and bring your kids for the craft making, games, and family activities. Goodie bags and raffle prizes complete the festive vibe.

Gigantic Deals at the Great Mall: Indoor Outlet Shopping
Situated just across the 880 freeway from our hotel in Milpitas, this excellent outlet mall is the best place in the Silicon Valley to score huge discounts on designer brands - and it's the biggest indoor outlet mall in all of Northern California. Discover more than 200 national brands offering their merchandise at reduced prices, including clothes, accessories, shoes, sportswear, sporting goods, electronics, specialty foods, and home decor. There are also several eateries and a movie theater with 20 screens. Just a few of the hundreds of retailers at this fantastic mall include:

  • Adidas
  • Calvin Klein
  • Champs Sports
  • Columbia Factory Store
  • Converse
  • Game Stop
  • GAP
  • H&M
  • J. Crew Factory
  • Kate Spade
  • Marshalls
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Noble Luggage
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
  • Solstice
  • Steve Madden
  • The Body Shop
  • The Children's Place Outlet
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • UGG
  • … plus many, many more!

Westfield Oakridge Mall: Classic Indoor Shopping Center
Anchored by a large Macy's department store, Target, and Nordstrom Rack, this immense indoor mall offers a little bit of everything for holiday shoppers. It's a one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list, including a little something for yourself. Shoppers also love the special services here, including carry-out help to your car, mommy-to-be parking, and free shopping bags for all of your treasures. A movie theater and plenty of restaurants complete the package. Some new hotspots that you might want to check out include the new virtual reality experience SPACES at Century 20 Theatres, Lovisa trend boutique, Firenza fast-casual pizza, Salon L, and ICEROLLS Thai-inspired ice cream.

Escape on a Wonderful Winter Getaway in Silicon Valley
Located 2.6 miles from the Great Mall and 9 miles from Santana Row, our stylish hotel gives you quick and easy access to all of the best holiday shopping in San Jose, CA. Find everything you are looking for and then come back and relax in a plush room or suite at Crowne-Plaza San Jose - Silicon Valley. Enjoy farm-fresh dining at Sevens Bar & Grill and impeccable service - and treat yourself to a holiday shopping getaway.

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