It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping time. With only a few weeks until festivities begin, how about taking a different approach this year to gift shopping, and leave the large city malls behind? Instead, head to Ocean City, Md and try our alternative shopping guide for an altogether more relaxing, tranquil start to the holiday season, in addition to purchasing gifts unique to this area and supporting our local businesses.
An excellent starting point is the Shoppers Fair at the Convention Center on November 28. Here you will find great gift ideas from handmade jewelry, ceramics and candles, to nautical gifts and floral arrangements. Aimed to please the whole family, there are children’s activities, photos with Santa and also a lounge for those whose idea of good fun is NOT shopping (Do such people exist?). For more information, contact Melanie at 800-626-2326.
Ocean City is blessed with many exclusive shops selling high quality merchandise.. Take for instance, the Summer House Trading Company. Open year round at 67th Street Town Center, you will find a selection of Lily Pulitzer, Salt Life, Spartina, and Southern Tide, along with a myriad of beautiful ideas for your home from Trex outdoor furniture to coastal home décor. Visit http://www.summerhousetradingco.com/ for more information.
Brave the outdoor elements and spot the difference between walking the Boardwalk in winter time, compared to the summer time, or if it’s just a little too nippy, venture into Gold Coast Mall, Ocean City’s only fully enclosed mall, and in comfort, shop the many clothing and gift stores, as well as great restaurants. Visit http://www.goldcoastmall.net/ for more details.
The Tanger Outlets, just over the Route 50 Bridge in West Ocean City, offer great deals on designer labels and brand names with more than 30 stores. The Tanger Shoppers Services will provide you with all the coupons and information you need before you start your shopping. For more details, and a complete list of stores, visit http://www.tangeroutlet.com/oceancity/.
America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, epitomizes a traditional Christmas scene when events start with their tree lighting and holiday shopping night on November 28, followed by the Christmas Parade on December 4. Horse and carriage rides will take you through the decorated streets where you can plan your shopping route to the many independently owned stores, selling original merchandise. Downtown Berlin stays open late the second Friday of each month to celebrate art and music in this historic town. When it’s time to sit down and relax, enjoy one of the many bars and restaurants offering a diverse choice of cuisine.
When all is said and done, many people just can’t imagine a holiday shopping season without Black Friday and that very early trip to stores when it is still dark outside; being first in line to get the deal of the day at an unbelievable price and being home by 10am to sleep the rest of the day away. If this sounds like you, then join the many who will be hunting for an empty cart in the early morning dawn, at Walmart in West Ocean City. Open 24 hours a day, they have three events planned for the holiday weekend. The first actually starts sat 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and their second event is at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening. If you’d rather let your turkey digest in peace, wake up early for Walmart’s Black Friday’s event which starts at 6 a.m. sharp.
Tanger Outles are open from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m. on Black Friday, and Marshalls, right next door, will be opening their doors at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. Peebles, in Gold Coast Mall, opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Whatever you plan to buy this holiday season, and however you plan to buy it, Ocean City offers a diverse choice of shopping styles to suit all budgets. Come to Ocean City this holiday season and see what we have to offer. We think you’ll find it’s the total package.