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November 20, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The holidays are within sight, and that means the shopping frenzy is upon us. From the beloved Tempe Festival of the Arts to great deals at Arizona Mills, there are a plethora of shopping opportunities and fun events in Tempe, AZ this season.

From outlet shopping, to specialty stores to familiar favorites, visitors can check off their gift lists and kick off the holiday season with a trip to Tempe. For more information about shopping and holiday activities in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office at or call 800-283-6734.

Explore more than 100 hip, inventive, even bohemian, shops, restaurants and taverns in the Mill Avenue District. Beginning November 29, shopping along Mill Avenue becomes more festive with twinkling holiday lights in all the trees. Pick out an ASU Sun Devil t-shirt at Campus Corner, find the perfect footwear at The Shoe Mill or accessorize an outfit at Urban Outfitters. While strolling the shops, stop in at one of the delicious eateries such as La Bocca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, NCounter or Rula Bula Irish Pub.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will fill the Mill Avenue District with as many as 400 artist booths from December 6-8. With jewelry, paintings, photography and everything in between, visitors will find truly one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on their shopping list. This popular outdoor festival features live music, tasty food, the Arizona Wine Festival and The Art of Beer.

Tempe Marketplace is bustling night and day with 1.3 million square feet of retailers, dining and nightlife destinations. Known for great shopping at local and nationally-known retailers, visitors can shop as favorites including The Gap, JCPenney, Divaz Boutique, Barnes & Noble, Penzeys Spices and Pier1 Imports. Shoppers are entertained with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, games galore at Dave & Busters and feature films at the Harkins movie theatre. A touch of holiday magic will appear at Tempe Marketplace during the “Snow What Fun” nightly snowfall, November 27-December 24 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. by the District stage. The eight minute snowfall, brought to Tempe Marketplace by MagicSnow, features flakes of “snow” that families will be able to touch and play with… just like the real thing.

Arizona Mills is a shopper’s paradise, featuring a full mile of outlets, shops and entertainment venues. There are over 175 popular stores such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, The Disney Store Outlet, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Nike Factory Store and more. Take a shopping break to enjoy one of the entertainment venues, such as SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, Harkins IMAX Theatre and GameWorks. Refuel at one of the many dining options, including Rainforest Café, Joe’s Crab Shack and food court with a selection of eateries. Arizona Mills kicked-off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus on Friday, November 7, where parents can take care of all their family’s holiday photo needs at Santa’s Workshop.

And, for those who love to shop on Black Friday, Arizona Mills will have extended holiday hours starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 28. This adds up to 48 hours of Black Friday weekend savings at this popular mall.

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings warehouse, is a destination of its own. From home furnishings and décor, to lighting and floor coverings, IKEA Tempe has it all. There is even an entire section devoted to kid’s rooms, making decorating fun and creative for little ones. And, visitors can feel good about shopping at IKEA. This holiday season, for each purchase of an IKEA Soft Toy, including fairytale-character stuffed animals, finger puppets and books, $1.34 is donated to the Soft Toys for Education Campaign. The Soft Toys for Education Campaign helps raise money to educate children around the world, and has already donated $74 million to UNICEF and Save the Children. IKEA also supports the local Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) with their annual Toy Shoppe. Customers can purchase an IKEA Soft Toy to benefit Unicef & Save the Children and then drop it in the TCAA Donation bin at the store exit. New, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted from the public starting Black Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 22, 2013.

For more information about holiday shopping and events in Tempe, Arizona please visit

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