The 10 Best Malls in the World to Get the Real Festive Holiday Feeling — After all, shopping online just doesn’t have the same Christmas feeling that those malls can offer this time of the year, right?!
With Christmas just around the corner and almost every place ever being overrun with Christmas decorations all over the places, there’s nothing like starting our list of things to do during the holiday season. Although more and more people nowadays choose to shop online, there are still a large number of people around the world who prefer to go to mall centers, not only because of the wide variety of services that those places usually offer, but also — and perhaps especially because of this! — to get into the Christmas mood thanks to the marvelous decorations and attractions.
So, inspired by Fodors‘ fellows, Daily Design News is about to share with you a great selection of the 10 best malls from across the world, in case you’re trying to get the festive holiday feeling already. CHECK THEM OUT!
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#01. West Edmonton Mall
WHERE: Alberta, Canada
The West Edmonton Mall (WEM) is the largest Canadian mall, and one of the largest in the world, having been the largest ever until 2005 when it was surpassed by the South China Mall. It covers an area of 500,000 m² and has about 800 shops and service establishments.
#02. King of Prussia Mall
WHERE: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This mall has already labeled itself “the king” right there in the name, The King of Prussia Mall is the largest shopping mall in the United States. It is a mall with numerous retailers. Also, during the holiday season, you can get a “Fastpass” for Santa Claus. That’s because this mall is so large that it requires a Disneyland-esque feature to enable you to skip the massive line so that your child may take a photo with Santa more quickly.
#03. The Galleria
WHERE: Houston, Texas
The Galleria, an international shopping destination that hosts more than 24 million visitors annually, offers world-class shopping with more than 375 stores, 30 restaurants, two hotels, and a full-sized ice rink.
#04. The Mall of America
WHERE: Bloomington, Minnesota
The Mall of America has 4.2 million square feet of retail space, and there are more than 400 stores in there. It is four times the size of a regular mall. Since opening its doors in 1992, this mall has revolutionized the shopping experience and become a leader in retail, entertainment, and attractions.
WHERE: Copenhagen, Denmark
In case you’re planning a trip to Denmark during Hollyday season, your trip will not be completed without visiting Illum, a fine and fancy mall which boasts a mixture of luxury stores as well as regular stores, cafes, and even an Eataly food market on the ground floor–that’s right, this mall even sells groceries.
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#06. Galleries Lafayette
WHERE: Paris, France
During the holiday season, Galleries Lafayette looks like a Royal Christmas Palace. The mega luxury department store is spread across the main store, men’s store, and homewares store with a gourmet emporium. Catch modern art in the first-floor gallery, take in a fashion show, ascend to a free, windswept rooftop panorama, or take a break at one of its 24 restaurants and cafes.
#07. Fondaco dei Tedeschi
WHERE: Venice, Italy
Located on the San Marco side of the Rialto, the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi takes up an entire 13th-century palazzo. Originally built as a warehouse, office, and residence for the city’s German merchants, it was recently reimagined by OMA and Jamie Fobert Architects. Fondaco is one of the most famous buildings in Venice that began as a commercial trading center and now operates as a mall.
#08. Americana at Brand
WHERE: Glendale, California
Even though Americana at Brand is a little touristy, this place still amazing when it comes to the holiday atmosphere. A trolley driving around during the holiday season just seems great.
WHERE: London, England
Christmas at Harrod’s is a whole thing, and they offer a ton of services that other malls probably don’t, including Christmas bird orders, monogrammed hampers, and customized Christmas ornaments made directly in-store by an actual homewares designer, Jayne Redmond, every weekend, until December 18, 2017.
#10. The Grove
WHERE: Los Angeles, California
The Grove is a popular fashion, shopping, dining and lifestyle destination with the best mix of retail, restaurants, and entertainment in Los Angeles. During this time of the year, there’s a stage with live performances and dancing girls dressed up like Santa Claus and it looks like a Christmas circus. And this year they even have Gwen Stefani signing CDs.
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