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

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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 – 6pm-1am
Black Friday – 6am-10pm
11/25 – 8am-10pm
12/10 – 11am-8pm
12/16 – 9am-10pm
12/17 – 10am-8pm
12/18-12/22 – 9am-10pm
12/23 – 8am-10pm
Christmas Eve – 8am-6pm
Christmas Day – Closed
12/26 – 8am-9pm
New Year’s Eve – 12:30pm-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. Earn $10 in Insider Cash for every $250 you spend and up to $40 on every purchase automatically when you link your credit or debit card to your account.

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:

  • Literally anything from Kendra Scott
  • Bath bombs from Lush
  • A cooking class from Sur La Table
  • 3-wick candles from Bath and Body Works

For him:

  • A gift card for the Art of Shaving
  • Some cool tech accessories for his new iPhone 8
  • Panthers tailgating gear from Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • A cool, outdoorsy jacket from The North Face

For the little ones:

  • Anything Frozen-related from the Disney Store
  • A Star Wars BB-8 Lego set from the Lego Store
  • An American Girl doll and a post Christmas trip to the American Girl Bistro

You can find the full store directory here.

And be on the lookout for new store openings this holiday season and beyond. Ballard Designs opened last week along with lululemon’s new expanded location. Sugarfina is another new addition and their champagne gummy bears are the perfect stocking stuffer.

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.

Get your gift wrapping done.

There’s no excuse to be up late wrapping presents on Christmas Eve. SouthPark has people for that.

Any weekend from December 1st through the 24th, volunteers from the Greater Charlotte SPCA will be wrapping gifts for shoppers. The wrapping is done by donation only and all proceeds will go to towards the SPCA’s mission to help homeless animals in the Charlotte area. 

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
Suffolk Punch in Ivy Citizens
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

Find the full list of dining options here.

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.

Bring your pet on December 10 from 7-9 p.m. and your furry friend can even get a photo op with Mr. Claus.

Sign up to be an Insider today & start shopping, Charlotte.


(This content was co-created with SouthPark.)

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