With Christmas just around the corner, shopping takes on whole new meaning. If you’re in Utah, you don’t have to look very far to find quality and easy-to-access shopping venues. If you’re Santa this holiday season, these 14 best holiday shopping destinations are exactly what you need to get the job done right.
Arguably Utah’s most popular shopping destination, the beautiful City Creek in downtown Salt Lake City also boasts the most diverse offerings. With the likes of J-Crew and Restoration Hardware as well as a massive Forever 21 and Nordstrom, there’s no question that City Creek is hard to beat.
If you’re looking for the styles and brands offered at City Creek but for lower prices, the Traverse Mountain Outlets (which are just off Utah’s major freeway in Lehi, Utah) are new, easy to navigate and 100 percent wallet-friendly.
The major shopping mall for the Provo/Orem metropolitan area, University Place has been recently revamped to suit a variety of needs, including the Christmas shopping needs of nearly anyone on any kind of budget.
If you’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience away, downtown Provo radiates festive charm. With a host of moderately-priced boutiques and gift shops, Center Street is a nice stop on the holiday shopping trek.
Salt Lake City’s major outdoor shopping mall until the advent of City Creek, The Gateway has nevertheless managed to retain its original appeal in the face of fierce retail competition. With a large Urban Outfitters as well as a sprawling Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Gateway remains a fixed Utah shopping destination.
Utah’s original set of retail outlets, the Tanger Outlets in Park City attract families, outdoor enthusiasts and image-conscious teenagers alike. With great Christmas deals and a surprisingly scenic location for a set of strip malls, the Tanger Outlets make for a formidable holiday shopping destination.
Near downtown Salt Lake City, Trolley Square is a quaint shopping center with the likes of Whole Foods, American Apparel and Lululemon. Trolley Square manages to deliver valuable shopping options without feeling overwhelming and is worth a visit if you’re in the general area.
A popular community center in Provo, Utah, the outdoor Shops at Riverwoods come to life at Christmas time with impressive light displays and warming outdoor fires. With both boutiques and recognizable brand name stores such as Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, Riverwoods manages to deliver on all fronts.
A large shopping mall located in Salt Lake Valley, Fashion Place isn’t particularly cozy or exciting. Nevertheless, the giant shopping center not only fills an important commercial void, but it fills it well.
If you’ve got more money to spend and are interested in more rustic, artisanal gifts, Sundance Resort up Provo Canyon is a nice place to stop for some beautiful jewelry and an impressive Sunday brunch.
Over the past 10 years, Decades has established itself as a mecca for all things vintage. Does that mean the popular store’s offerings are solely for the dress-up box? Not in the slightest. In fact, Decades is the perfect place to find meaningful, one-of-a-kind gifts.
Another typical mall, the Shops at South Towne in Sandy offer the classic photos with Santa Claus as well as a wide selection of shopping mall staples.
The main shopping destination for the southern half of Utah County, the Provo Towne Center looks a bit like an ice castle but keeps people coming back on behalf of mall giants such as Dillard’s and Sear’s.
If you’re interested in unique and personal gifts that your friends and family will keep around for years to come, the selection of shops on and around Main Street in Park City offer tasteful one-of-a-kind pieces with the added plus of an inherently festive shopping experience.