Your SouthPark holiday shopping guide: Hours, new stores and pro tips

Your SouthPark holiday shopping guide: Hours, new stores and pro tips
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This paid content was created in partnership with SouthPark and updated November 2018.

If you’re like me, every year you put off your holiday shopping. November starts and you tell yourself you’ll get it together this year.

Fast forward to December 23rd and you’re out frantically hunting for gifts, fighting for parking spots and mumbling ‘bah humbug’.

But this year is going to be different.

This year, you’re going to do your holiday shopping like a boss.

From extended holiday hours to your own personal shopper, SouthPark is making it easier than ever to conquer your holiday shopping.


Before you know it, you’ll be on your couch, sipping hot cocoa and binge-watching all your favorite Christmas movies.

First, check the hours.

SouthPark mall is offering extended hours throughout the holiday season (not just Black Friday), which means you can do your shopping whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Here’s a quick rundown of their holiday hours:

Thanksgiving – 5pm-1am
Black Friday – 6am-10pm
11/24 – 8am-10pm
12/15 – 9am-10pm
12/16 – 10am-8pm
12/17-12/21 – 9am-10pm
12/23 – 8am-10pm
Christmas Eve – 8am-6pm
Christmas Day – Closed
12/26 – 8am-9pm
New Year’s Eve – 10am-6pm
New Year’s Day – 10am-6pm

Become an insider.

The holiday season is one of the best times to be a Simon Insider®. It’s free to join and you can earn rewards while you shop. Plus, if you join, you’ll have a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

Plus, you can even earn perks like reserved parking. Insiders who spend $1,000 or more per month are eligible for a reserved parking pass. No more trekking through the parking lot for you.

You can sign up to be an insider online here or you can sign up in person at SouthPark.

Scope out the store directory.

Before you hop in your car, check out SouthPark’s online directory and make your plan of attack. Create a list of people you need to buy things for and make note of the stores you’ll want to hit.

Here’s a quick list of gift ideas:

For her:

  • A shiny, new bag from Kate Spade
  • Bath bombs from Lush
  • Cozy slippers from Trina Turk
  • A cooking class from Sur La Table
  • 3-wick candles from Bath and Body Works

For him:

  • A Peloton bike
  • A gift card for the Art of Shaving
  • Tailgating gear from Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • The softest undies from Tommy John

For the little ones:

  • Moana everything from the Disney Store
  • A Star Wars Lego set from the Lego Store
  • Gummy bears from Sugarfina
  • An American Girl doll and a post Christmas trip to the American Girl Bistro

Check out new stores.

SouthPark is always adding to their impressive roster of stores. Next time you visit, here are some spots to check out.

(1) Peloton

Where it is: Across from the Microsoft Store
What they do: Peloton is revolutionizing at-home fitness by merging state-of-the-art technology and immersive class content taught by NYC’s best instructors. You can check out their insane Peloton bikes in person and get all the gear to go with it.

(2) Trina Turk

Where it is: In the Neiman Marcus wing
What they have: Colorful, California-cool women’s apparel. The store is bright, cheerful and will definitely make you want to book a vacation. Expect bold signature prints, dynamic hues and effortless, carefree glamour.

(3) Tommy John

Where it is: In the Belk wing with Coach and Loft
What they have: Men’s and women’s underwear. They claim to have “The Most Comfortable Underwear on the Planet” and Kevin Hart is even a company investor. The store has a ultra-cool vibe with kombucha and cider on tap.

(4) Nespresso

Where it is: In the Belk wing outside of Tommy John
What they have: This little pop-up store sells all things Nespresso. You can learn about their different machines and even try a espresso for yourself. Perfect for a mid-shopping day pick me up.

(5) Arhaus

Where it is: Across from kate spade new york
What they have: Arhaus is a purveyor of eclectic, luxury furnishings made by skilled artisans around the world. Expect high-end furniture and other home decor. 

You can find the full store directory here.

Have someone shop for you.

Whether you need help shopping for gifts or need help finding the perfect outfit for this year’s holiday party, SouthPark has a personal shopper, Suzanne Libfraind, who can get the job done.

Your first three hours are completely complimentary and all you have to do is schedule an appointment.

You can contact Suzanne at or 919-270-0250.

Stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and Anthropologie also offer personal stylists who can help you find some festive holiday attire.

Make sure Santa knows what’s on your list.

While you’re at SouthPark, you can find the big guy himself at Center Court. He’ll be there from now until Christmas Eve for photos.

Want to skip the line? Reserve a FastPass ahead of time online. No meltdowns this year.

Bring your pet on December 18 or 25 from 7-9 p.m. and your furry friend can even get a photo op with Mr. Claus.

Check here for Santa visiting hours.

Step into Winter Wonderland.

Don’t miss the open air ice skating, trees & wreaths, on-site concessions and more! Perfect for the whole family.

Check for deals.

Many of the stores at SouthPark will be offering discounts and deals throughout the holiday season. You can check here ahead of time to see what in-store events and specials are happening each day.

Stop for some fuel.

All shopping and no eating will turn you into a Grinch. Take a break, rest your legs, and a grab a bite to eat at one of SouthPark’s restaurants.

Reids Fine Foods via Facebook.

If you need a little caffeine boost:
Nordstrom eBar
Dilworth Coffee in Belk (pro tip: they serve wine by the glass Fri-Sun)

If you just want to grab something quick:
Panera Bread
Five Guys

If you want a sit-down meal:
California Pizza Kitchen
Nordstrom Café
Maggiano’s Little Italy
McCormick & Schmick’s
Cheesecake Factory
Reid’s Fine Foods & Wine Bar

SouthPark also has a few newcomers to the food scene:

Gusto Farm to Street


Where it is: The food court, next to Chick-fil-A
What they have: This fast casual restaurant is serving up fast-fired pizzas and farm fresh salads. If you want a pizza, try the Street Heat or the Rio. For salad, go with the Rooster’s Revenge.

Bulla Gastrobar

Where it is: In The Village at SouthPark, next to Cowfish
What they have: Inspired by Madrid’s tapas scene, this small plates heaven is serving up traditional Spanish dishes like patatas bravas, albondigas and to-die-for paella. Start with sangria, always.

Find the full list of dining options here.

Skip the holiday parking lot battle.

Don’t want to search for a parking spot? SouthPark offers valet parking at their main entrance, by The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s.

Rates can vary during the holiday season, but valet parking is typically $5 Monday – Thursday and $7 Friday – Sunday.

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