Although statistically speaking, it has been said that approximately 71% of Americans will do their shopping online this year, for many it’s just not the holidays without a mall visit. After all, the jingling of bells, the hustle and bustle of people mingling and jostling bags and boxes, the aromas of holiday treats wafting from various food vendors, decorative store fronts with tinsel and twinkling lights, Santa’s here and there, and just the happy chaos that is reminiscent of the past that many of us have not forgotten is reason enough to at least abandon our online shopping for one or two store bought gifts.
So where are the most popular shopping places anyhow? While Travel and Leisure listed 32 of the most popular shopping malls during the holidays, we’ll spare you all the details and list the top 5, although you can learn more about this phenomena here
• No. 1 Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Annual Visitors: 40 million
Year Opened: 1992
With more than 400 shops and a nice blend of retail and entertainment (a roller coaster inside no less) it is no wonder the Mall of America is at the top of the list.
• No. 2 Aventura Mall, Aventura, FL
Annual Visitors: 28 million
Year Opened: 1983
Oh my, what isn’t good about Aventura Mall? Its located in sunny Miami, Florida and hosts special events like the Chocolate Festival and the Great American Bake Sale, plus has the added advantage of Gulfstream Park thoroughbred horse racing and championship golf courses among other features in its enclave.
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• No. 3 Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA
Annual Visitors: 27.6 million
Year Opened: 1975
Not many malls can boast of being a movie set for not one, but several or more popular shows such as Beverly Hills 90210, except for the Del Amo Fashion Center near Palos Verdes and the Redondo Beach and Long Beach, California.
• No. 4 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL
Annual Visitors: 27 million
Year Opened: 1971
The number 1 tourist site in the State of Illinois is not Lake Michigan or Lincoln’s hometown, but the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, located just outside of Chicago. To get the scoop as to why this is so, visit
• No. 5 Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise, FL
Annual Visitors: 26 million
Year Opened: 1990
Could it be the warmth of sunny Florida during November and December that is the main lure for visitors to the Sawgrass Mills Mall for holiday shopping, or maybe its the outdoor entertainment area called the Oasis or the Colonnade shopping outlet. No matter the reason, nearly 30 million people have made it the number five popular shopping malls to flock to.
Please note the list was compiled in 2011 so it is highly possible these stats are not the same today as they were then, but it is interesting to note that one of the most popular tourist and shopping areas is the Chicago Pier, which does not eaven appear on this list.