Your One-Stop Shop in Minnesota

Gulp down your morning coffee, mail a package, play a round of mini golf, see the latest blockbuster, unwind at the spa, peruse high-end shops, and top off your day with a fancy meal and glass of wine – without ever leaving the Mall of America. While you’re at it, why not attend a church service, ride a roller coaster, or get married?

Visit the Mall of America in the Twin Cities

mallofamerica_flickr.jpgBloomington, Minnesota’s Mall of America isn’t quite the biggest mall in the world, but it’s easily the most visited, with a whopping 42 million shopaholics, mall rats, fun seekers, and international bargain hunters entering its doors each year. The Mall of America is more than just Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom. It’s 520 retail shops, 50 restaurants (only 30 of the fast food variety, the rest are sit-down), 8 nightclubs, an amusement park, church, wedding chapel, post office, 14-screen movie theater, 18-hole mini-golf course, motor speedway, and dinosaur museum!

From Nickelodeon Universe to LEGO Imagination Center to Underwater Adventures Aquarium to miles of window shopping (assuming you’ve spent your money on the attractions and fear setting foot into the stores), you’ll need a good few days to take in this behemoth of retail.

The epic Christmas shopping spree

Diehard shoppers aren’t so vulnerable to distraction. While many of the mall’s visitors are willingly seduced by the mall’s attractions and entertainment, plenty of Christmas gift seekers have one goal in mind, and that’s to shop until they drop, taking advantage of Minnesota’s 0% sales tax on clothing, and seasonal price cuts and giveaways. But if these committed store hoppers take off their blinders and stop to smell the Christmas wreaths, food court aromas, and scents from open perfume bottle testers (they’ll have plenty of time to do so in line at their favorite retailer), they’re in for a real treat.

What to expect this holiday season

The Mall of America will be decked out, as usual, this holiday season – a giant Christmas tree, thousands of bright lights, and of course jolly old Santa, are all here to greet you in November and December. But the sounds are just as worthy of your attention as the sights. Mall of America’s Holiday Music Festival showcases Midwestern talent; it’s a holiday tradition for grade-schoolers up to professional choral groups to take the stage and entertain the mall’s masses.

Avoid the dreaded shopping daze by dropping into specialty shops and local boutiques; buy a Minnesota trinket or two! Although Mall of America provides hundreds of enticing options under one giant roof, don’t forget to keep things interesting and check out the shops that are unique to Bloomington and can’t be found in your hometown.

As much as there is to do in America’s most famous mall, brave the cold and venture outside… after all, who doesn’t love a White Christmas? Thursday through Sunday (from November 25th to December 26th), snowy downtown Minneapolis comes alive with the annual Macy’s Holidazzle Parade.

In addition to the routine festivities, HOME Magazine’s 2008 Good & Green Showcase will be held at the Mall of America this year, from November 28th to January 1st.

Whether you come to play or shop this holiday season, you’ll have trouble finding a parking space, even though there are over 12,000 of them. Thankfully valets are on hand! As you plan for accommodations, consider a Bloomington vacation rental a cheaper, cozier, and just as convenient alternative to a hotel.

For lodging and accommodations near the Mall of America, check out for a complete list of St Paul vacation rentals, Minneapolis rentals, and house rentals in Twin Cities.


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