Go shopping and take a traditional ride on the Pink Pig and see Santa at Lenox Mall. The endearing childhood favorite ride originated on the roof of Atlanta's downtown Rich's before eventually landing at Macy's. A portion of a parking deck turns into a winter wonderland while a "pig" trolley guides visitors through a winter wonderland.
Lenox shopping plaza offers valet and premier parking for close, upfront parking right by the doors. The mall's anchor stores include Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's along with 250 specialty retailers.
Sit down for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and hit up Burberry, Louis Vuitton and FENDI for Black Friday sales. Lenox is also home to the Mac store and Genius Bar. If you don't find the iPhone, iPad or mac accessories you're looking for, try next door at Brookstone.
Conveniently located across from Lenox, Phipps Plaza offers an upscale shopping experience with specialty retailers sprawling across hardwood floors. Look for clothes, electronics, gadgets and accessories at Bang and Olufsen, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Gucci and Giorgio Armani.
Like Lenox, Phipps also offers valet parking to maximize your time for shopping. If you're staying in a nearby Buckhead hotel, stay at Phipps into the evening hours for dinner at Tavern at Phipps and a movie at AMC Theatres.
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Atlatnta's most popular work, live, play community, Atlantic Station hosts live entertainment, free movie nights, attractions, dining and plenty of shopping. Stop by Banana Republic, Athleta, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Dillard's, Target and H&M for sales or take the free shuttle over to IKEA for household items.
Atlantic Station is also home to BODIES: The Exhibition, Titanic Exhibit, movie theater and its own Central Park with live events and entertainment. During warmer months (or unseasonably warm holiday season) sit outdoors and people watch while taking a break for lunch.
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For boutique shopping and an outdoor holiday stroll, try the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta. A handful of shops pepper the neighborhood's "Triangle" including Patagonia, Paper Source, Stanton Home, Cacao specialty chocolate shop, Urban Cottage and more.
Stop in for a coffee or hot chocolate at Aurora or at Murphy's, voted best brunch in the city by CBS Atlanta. For smaller bites, stop in at La Noche for tapas and a glass of wine to unwind and rub elbows with the locals.
Head further south and cross Ponce de Leon Avenue to find even more shops down in the Poncey-Highland. Continue south and east to encroach into Inman Park and Little Five Points neighborhoods. The latter is home to funky shops like Junkman's Daughter, Criminal Records and Abbadabba's shoe store.
Little Five Points in Atlanta is also home to The Porter featuring 36 beers on draft and 700 bottled beers. Or stop in for one of the best burgers in the city at The Vortex.
Get outside the bustle of Atlanta's major shopping areas and head to the outdoor plaza at Vinings Jubilee. An ideal spot for laid back shopping, find deals at your favorite chains like Banana Republic, LOFT, and Talbots.
After an afternoon of shopping, grab a cappucino at Cafe at Pharr or a pie from Mellow Mushroom.
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For an outlet mall near Atlanta, try the North Georgia Premium Outlets. Located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, the outlet center hosts Adidas, BCBG, Burberry, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Levi's, Nike, Sean John for 140 stores.
If you're serious about the deep discounts at outlet stores, stay for a few days nearby with a hotel offering a Stay and Shop package. The below hotels usually offer coupons for even deeper discount shopping along with complimentary breakfast.
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- Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Alpharetta
- SpringHill Suites Atlanta Alpharetta
- TownePlace Suites Atlanta Alpharetta