6 Tips for Holiday Shopping

December 16, 2019

These insider holiday shopping tips will help wrap up that gift list so you can spend more time with family and friends this season!

Cabarrus County offers a range of holiday shopping options–from North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping and entertainment center to independently-owned boutiques. No matter where you choose to shop, these tips will make the most of your visit.

Holiday shoppers at Concord Mills in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

Score deals at Concord Mills, North Carolina’s largest outlet and value retail shopping and entertainment center.

1. Score deals at Concord Mills.

With more than 200 stores, the hottest deals at Concord Mills are constantly changing – some are so exclusive they’re posted only the day of the sale! Stay on top of the latest deals and steals via the Concord Mills website or download the SIMON mobile app.

2. Find unique gifts in Downtown Concord.

Stroll the local boutiques in Downtown Concord for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts including custom jewelry at The Bead Lady, ShoeBeeDo’s buttery leather goods and trendy graphic tees from The Little Shop. Downtown Concord is also home to local restaurants serving everything from authentic Italian and classic Cuban to sugary chocolate, donuts and fresh craft beverages.

 3. Entertain the family while you shop.

At Concord Mills, keep everyone entertained with fun things to do like Sea of Lights and Scuba Claus Dive Shows at SEA LIFE Aquarium, go-karts and mini golf at The Speedpark, photos with Santa, or a movie. In Downtown Concord, kids can participate in crafts and scavenger hunts at The Galleries, create a masterpiece at Hip Hip HooWray or play the afternoon away at Buzz City Games.

 4. Plan for parking.

Did you know Concord Mills offers Valet Parking on the weekends for $7? Drive straight to Entry 2, and they’ll take it from there. Or try the Self-Park Valet near Entry 3 for $5. In Downtown Concord, you’ll find two parking decks plus on-street spaces, and all public parking is free and unrestricted every evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.

5. Shop extended hours at Concord Mills.

During the hectic holiday season, you probably wish there were more hours in the day. Well, at Concord Mills you can shop extended hours from Sunday, December 8 to New Year’s Day.

6. Save time with gift-wrapping services.

Instead of hiding the gifts, get them wrapped! Concord Mills offers gift-wrapping services from Dec. 13 to 24. Or, reserve a room next door at Embassy Suites and leave your presents at the front desk for free wrapping. Not sure what to do with your free evening? Book a spa service to relax after all that power shopping!

What are you waiting for? Dash through the snow to Cabarrus County, wrap up your shopping and then relax! You’ve earned it.

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