It is the season for shopping, and if you plan on braving the crowds in search of the perfect gifts, you will need to be prepared. Use this guide to Virginia retail destinations, both large and local, to find the best places for shopping during the busy holiday season and throughout the year.


MacArthur Center—Norfolk

This 1.1 million-square-foot mall has been operating since 1999 and is located adjacent to the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia’s coastal region. See all of the shops in MacArthur Center.

Shops Include: Apple store, Barnes & Noble, Brookstone, The Children’s Place, Eddie Bauer, Pottery Barn, Talbots, White House Black Market, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom, Dillard’s

Extra Entertainment: 18-screen movie theater, 7,200 square foot outdoor ice rink, Chrysler Museum of Art

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: 219 American Bistro, 80/20 Burger Bar, Todd Jurich’s Bistro

Tysons Corner Center—McLean

Tysons Corner Center

The 5th largest mall in the U.S., Tysons Corner has over 300 specialty shops and restaurants. Only 12.5 miles from Washington, D.C., the mall’s close proximity to a booming city makes it a popular shopping destination year-round.

Shops Include: Apple. Bloomingdales, Gucci, L.L. Bean, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, and Macy’s. L’Occitane, Free People, Brooks Brothers, Coach, LEGO, Sephora, Restoration Hardware. The North Face, Under Armour

Extra Entertainment: Great Falls National Park

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Barrel & Bushel, Elevation Burger, Coastal Flats, Wasabi

Williamsburg Premium Outlets—Williamsburg

More than 100 stores make up the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, and you’ll find discounted prices throughout the year at almost all of the retail shops in the massive shopping center.

Shops Include: Dooney & Burke, Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, J Crew, Burberry, Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Carter’s, Kate Spade, Nike Factory Store, Sunglass Hut, Vineyard Vines, Talbots

Extra Entertainment: Historic Jamestowne, Go Ape Treetop Adventure

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Oceans & Ale Restaurant, Miyaki Sushi & Grill, Fat Canary, Blue Talon Bistro, Cochon on 2nd, Second Street Bistro  

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets—Leesburg

Leesburg Outlets

Situated a few miles from the Maryland/Virginia border in Loudoun County, the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets offer discounted shopping much like the Williamsburg location for Northern Virginia residents and visitors.

Shops Include: Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Barneys New York, Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Jos. A. Bank, Lacoste, Armani Outlet, Banana Republic Factory, Bose, BCBG Max Azria, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th

Extra Entertainment: Children’s Colonial Garden, Morven Park

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Melt, Roots 657, The Wine Kitchen

Potomac Mills Mall—Woodbridge

Potomac Mills

With a total of more than 225 retailers, the Potomac Mills Malls off the Interstate 95 corridor was one of the largest outlet malls in the country when it was built in 1985. Today, it is still one of the most well-known shopping destinations in the Commonwealth.

Shops Include: Bloomingdales, DKNY, the Lego Store, Vans Outlet, The Children’s Place Outlet, Tesla, Sears Outlet Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Marshalls, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Ikea, Disney Outlet

Extra Entertainment: Gunston Hall, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge 

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Dixie Bones BBQ, Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant, The Secret Garden Cafe

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City—Arlington

Informally known as Pentagon City Mall, this shopping destination has four stories of retail stores and can be accessed by the Blue and Yellow Lines of the Washington Metro. A total of 170 retailers and restaurants fill the bustling mall.

Shops Include: Henri Bendel, Nordstrom, Lego, Sperry, Vince Camuto, Steve Madden, the Children’s Place, Swatch

Extra Entertainment: Arlington Arts Center, cross into Washington D.C. for visits to the various Smithsonian Museums, including Natural History, American History, Air & Space, and the National Art Gallery.

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Shake Shack, Matchbox Restaurant, Haagen Dazs  

Short Pump Towne Center—Richmond

Short Pump Town Center

Short Pump Towne Center, about 15 minutes northwest of Richmond in Henrico County, opened in 2003. The mall is an open-air retail center that holds a mix of over 140 upscale local, national, and even international shops. Since its opening, the region has become a shopping hub for the area, with dozens of strip mall buildings surrounding the original structure.

Shops Include: Apple, Godiva, Urban Outfitters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saxon Shoes, Tommy Bahama, Macy’s, Madewell, Lilly Pulitzer, Hollister, Express, The Children’s Place, Eddie Bauer, Build-a-Bear Workshop

Extra Entertainment: Live shows at Funny Bone Comedy Club & RestaurantRed Door Escape Room 

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: The Boathouse, Casa Del Barco, Maggiano’s, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Firebirds

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A western portion of Cary Street, Carytown acts as an urban retail neighborhood near the famous Fan District of Richmond. There are more than 230 shops, restaurants, and offices in the district, many of them in restored historic buildings.

Shops Include: Need Supply, World of Mirth, Mongrel, Lex’s of Carytown, Phoenix, and Roan. Several consignment shops like Ashby, ClementineClover

Extra Entertainment: The Byrd Theatre, visit the nearby Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Can Can Brasserie, The Daily, East Coast Provisions, The Jasper

King Street—Alexandria

Holidays in Alexandria

Located in Old Town Alexandria, the historic district on the Potomac River, King Street’s shopping district spans one mile of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes. The brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets add to the charm of this upscale shopping area situated across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. 

Shops Include: Red Barn Mercantile, She’s Unique Jewelry & Gifts, Bishop Boutique, The Dog ParkDash’s of Old Town 

Extra Entertainment: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria's film and TV location self-guided tour, Mount Vernon Bike Trail

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Hank’s Oyster BarVermilion, The Wharf, Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier, The Creamery  

Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall—Charlottesville

Charlottesville Downtown Mall

Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall is an outdoor pedestrian mall made up of 120+ shops and about 30 restaurants, many with outdoor seating areas open during the warmer months. The brick-paved walkways that map out the mall are lined with shops that reside in the restored and renovated buildings along Main Street.

Shops Include: Posh, Rock Paper Scissors, J. Fenton Too, New Dominion Bookshop, Spring Street, The Virginia Shop, Treasures Through Time, Jean Theory

Extra Entertainment: The Virginia Discovery Museum, indoor ice skating rink at the Omni Hotel, live music and entertainment at the Jefferson, the Paramount, the Charlottesville Pavilion

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Bizou, C&O Restaurant, Citizen Burger BarThe Whiskey Jar, Revolutionary Soup, South Street Brewery  

Merchants Square—Williamsburg

Over 40 shops and restaurants make up this 18th-century style retail village in Williamsburg. Merchants Square is adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and only a few miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park.

Shops Include: French Twist, Blink, Binns, Danforth Pewter, Scotland House Ltd.

Extra Entertainment: Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Blackbird Bakery, DoG Street Pub, The Cheese Shop, then stop into the Williamsburg Winery for a tasting and a few bottles as gifts.

Mason Avenue—Cape Charles

On the southern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cape Charles is a charming community on the Chesapeake Bay. Small local shops line the streets, keeping the town close knit and loyal to buying chiefly from the residents.

Shops Include: Moonrise Jewelry, Periwinkles Consignment Boutique, Gull Hummock Gourmet Market

Extra Entertainment: Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, biking at Kiptopeke State Park

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: The Shanty, Deadrise Pies, Cape Charles Candy Company

State Street—Bristol

State Street Bristol

Virginia and Tennessee split State Street directly down the middle, and this well-known avenue has plenty of shops, restaurants, and live music on the Virginia side. After you get in a little retail therapy, head over to the Birthplace of Country Music museum only a few blocks from State Street to learn about the region’s rich musical history.

Shops Include: Cranberry Lane, Grand Antiques, Serendipity Boutique, Willow Creek Antiques 

Extra Entertainment: The Birthplace of Country Music MuseumSouthwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace in Abingdon

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Burger Bar, Blackbird Bakery, State Street Brewing

Downtown Main Street—Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg ShoppingA variety of commercial, residential, and governmental buildings make up the historic downtown area of Harrisonburg, and while there is shopping around every corner, Main Street acts as the chief shopping route. Many old buildings and warehouses have been renovated into charming shops run by the locals, adding to the burgeoning home-grown movement occurring throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Shops Include: Glen’s Fair Price Store, the Lady Jane, Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing, Walkabout Outfitter, Laughing Dog, WithSimplicity

Extra Entertainment: Explore More Discovery Museum, Virginia Quilt Museum, Hugo Kohl’s Museum of American Jewerly Design and Manufacturing Company, Grand Caverns

Nearby Places to Eat/Drink: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Little Grill Collective, Brothers Craft Brewing, Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Whether you’re supporting local or looking for the best deal in a nearby retail chain store, this guide will get you through the bustling holiday season of shopping. Tell us where you go to find great shopping deals and unique gifts!