Cool weather, twinkling lights, pine-scented candles and holiday music on the radio reminds us all that the holiday season is in full swing. Whether you're buying gifts for colleagues, family or friends when it comes to holiday shopping, Prince William, Virginia is the ideal destination to knock out your shopping list. From upscale malls and outlets to unique shops and boutiques, you're sure to find something for everyone within your budget.
Located in Woodbridge, Virginia at the crossroads of the Prince William Parkway and I-95, Potomac Mills is a popular stop for visitors looking to shop near the nation’s capital. Ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in Virginia, this indoor outlet mall features more than 200 stores including Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store among other favorites like Nike, Coach, JCPenney, TJ Maxx, and more. Looking for exciting dining & entertainment?? Be sure to visit The Cheesecake Factory, Bahama Breeze, AMC Potomac Mills 18 theaters, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Matchbox and the sprawling food court to help you with that holiday appetite.
Located adjacent to Potomac Mills is Northern Virginia’s only IKEA. This 325,000 square-foot store provides an abundance of inspiration for kitchen designs, various room-settings, organizing and must-have accessories. There are over 10,000 products to peruse from pet houses to home electronics. Hungry? Pop into the Ikea Restaurant and Cafe' for a tasty treat or a hearty Scandinavian meal.
Over the last 15 years, Virginia Gateway has transformed into the premier shopping, dining & entertainment destination for western Prince William County. Located at the intersection of I-66 and US-29, this shopping complex boasts an amazing assortment of over 120 retail shops, restaurants and service providers. Stores include Super Target, Stein Mart, HomeGoods, Charming Charlie, DSW, J. Crew Mercantile, White House Black Market, the LOFT and more. Satisfy your appetite at a variety of restaurants - Bar Louie, Uncle Julios, Firebirds, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, etc. When you're done shopping kick back and watch a movie on one of Regal Cinemas 14-state-of-the-art screens. Virginia Gateway is sure to offer something for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life.
Located in beautiful eastern Prince William County, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center offers a remarkable outdoor shopping and dining experience with major retailers such as Apple, REI, Old Navy, Ulta, DSW, Charming Charlie, J. Jill, South Moon Under and others. If dining is what you crave, this center just off I-95 features Not Your Average Joes, Firebirds, P.F. Chang’s, Uncle Julio’s, Brew Republic and more. Craving sweets or looking for stocking stuffers? Head into Sweet Society for their wide variety of vintage candies and modern day goodies.
Have an outdoor adventurer on your gift list? Then, you'll want to swing into Duluth Trading Company at the Parkridge Center in Manassas. They offer a wide selection of active-wear clothing and accessories. Billed as a lifestyle brand for the modern, self-reliant American - the store is home to their signature performance wear, footwear, shirts, pants and outerwear for men and women.
Does your holiday checklist include hunting, fishing, boating or camping equipment? Cabela's 79,999 square foot store located at Virginia Gateway In Gainesville, VA is sure to have something to please any outdoor enthusiasts on your list. The Gainesville store boasts an indoor archery test area, gun library, full-service boat shop and if you get hungry while shopping stop by their Fudge & Nut shop.
Interested in more than just a typical shopping experience? Head to Manassas Mall where you'll not only find big-box retail chains like Walmart, Macy's and At Home along with other retail staples like Victoria’s Secret, H&M and Foot Locker. You can also enjoy exciting entertainment options including Autobahn, a fun and exhilarating indoor go-kart speedway, Uptown Alley, an upscale bowling alley that includes live music & entertainment and Billy Beez a massive indoor play park for kids and their parents.
8) HISTORIC OCCOQUAN
Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts? Historic Occoquan's eclectic mix of art galleries, jewelry stores, antique showrooms and specialty shops are sure to enchant you. Nestled along the banks of the Occoquan River, this original 18th Century mill town offers a unique shopping and dining experience. Don't forget to indulge yourself. Stop by NazBro Chocolates & Fudge or Mom's Apple Pie for a sweet treat.
9) Town of Haymarket
Antique lovers, vintage collectors and bargain shoppers will enjoy strolling through the shops in the Town of Haymarket. You're sure to find a hidden gem or two in The Copper Cricket, Madison Corner Shop, The Very Thing for Her or Upscale Seconds. From furniture and artwork to designer clothing and accessories the Town of Haymarket is a treasure hunters dream.
10) McKay Used Books
Yep, they have books... lots of them. However, McKay Used Books offers so much more. Have a movie buff on your holiday list? Check out McKay's collection of DVDs and BluRays. A colleague with a long commute? Try their audio book section. A gamer? McKay's has current and retro video games and accessories. Looking for old school Vinyl, cassettes or CDs? McKay has thousands of them in all types of genres.