5 Tips for Holiday Shopping in Orlando by Melanie Pace

Expert advice for holiday shopping in Orlando.

The holiday season is here again and if you're looking for the perfect gift for yourself or for that special someone, shopping in Orlando can be a joyous delight. But even if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, there's no reason to get your tinsel in a tangle. Our Orlando shopping expert, Melanie Pace, has provided her top tips for a more enjoyable, less-stressful shopping experience.

Are you ready to find the perfect holiday gift in Orlando? Let's go holiday shopping with Melanie Pace.

1. "Orlando Has Everything"

Orlando is the ultimate spot to shop for the holiday season because we really have everything to offer. Visitors can fill their entire itinerary just shopping here in Orlando. We have three major outlet shopping centers, including Orlando International Premium Outlets, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. We also have two major malls in the heart of the tourism area: The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall.

2. "Orlando's Malls Are One-Stop Shops"

Melanie loves shopping at The Mall at Millenia, because it's a place to splurge on luxury and designer brands along with her favorite everyday brands. Meanwhile, The Florida Mall has a wide variety of stores for the entire family, from top fashion retailers to unique family experiences.

3. "The Outlet Centers Are So Easy to Get To"

What makes the outlet shopping so unique to the tourist corridor here in Orlando is that everything is within a 15-mile radius. Everything is so easy to get to. You can just take public transportation within 20 minutes. The outlet centers have so many luxury items that you can find at such great prices. There's so much to choose from.

4. "Winter Park Is the Place for One-of-a-Kind Gifts"

To find that one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season, Melanie heads over to Park Avenue in Winter Park. There, in shops, boutiques, and art stores, you can find the unique gifts that you can't find anywhere else. At the end of the shopping day, Melanie likes to head over to a café and toast a glass of wine and while relaxing and people watching.

5. "Most Important: Make a Plan"

Melanie's most important tip is to make a plan. It's so important to map out what your day is going to look like. Her perfect itinerary is to start your day in the outlets, then head over to one of the malls and end her day in Winter Park with a nice cocktail or an espresso.


Between our outlet centers, our malls and our shops in Winter Park, no matter where you shop in Orlando you're going to find deals anywhere and everywhere.

Cover image courtesy The Mall at Millenia

Melanie Pace is a wardrobe stylist, fashion consultant, fashion correspondent and personal shopper born and raised in Orlando. She has a degree in both fashion merchandising and business from Florida State University.

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