Great variety and even better prices await savvy shoppers at Pennsylvania’s outlet malls, where you’ll surely find all the perfect holiday gifts. And with all of the deals and steals at up to 70 percent below retail prices, you might even have sufficient funds leftover to cross some items off your personal wish list.
Tanger Outlets Hershey
Hershey, Dutch County Roads
Located right next to Hersheypark, the charms of Tanger Outlets in Hershey include its variety of family-friendly stores and smaller size, which makes all of its shops easily accessible. Favorite outlets and factory stores include Coach, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Anne Taylor, Gap, Disney Store and Carter’s Babies and Kids.
Pro Tip: Pack a lunch and fuel up for an afternoon of bargain hunting at the shopping center’s picnic area (a Subway and Starbucks are also available on site). Or visit in the evening for smaller crowds.
Tanger Outlet Center
Lancaster, Dutch County Roads
Tanger Outlet Center in Lancaster garners praise for its range of clothing and designer-label outlets, including Talbots, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, Converse and White House Black Market. A visit to Tanger Outlet Center will undoubtedly be appreciated by all of fashion-forward members of your pack.
Pro Tip: Visit the coupons and offers page on Tanger Outlet Center’s website for a list of current sales and additional deals and discounts.
VF Outlet Center
Reading, Dutch County Roads
Shoppers who love perusing vast racks of merchandise will have a ball at VF Outlet Center, one of the country’s original outlet shopping centers. Originally built in 1970, VF Outlet Center has more than 50 stores, including Lee, Wrangler, Vanity Fair, Dooney & Bourke, Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Timberland and Reading China & Glass.
Pro Tip: Notorious for its bargain prices, VF Outlet Center is a great place to unearth stocking stuffers (and fabulous everyday wear for yourself).
Grove City Premium Outlets
Grove City, Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Grove City Premium Outlets summons shoppers from across the land with its wide assortment of stores, including plenty of gift and specialty retailers. Whether you’re seeking gifts for coworkers, in-laws or tweens, one of Grove City’s Outlets’ 130 stores will likely have what you’re looking for. Favorites include Harry & David, Crabtree & Evelyn, Le Creuset, Calvin Klein, Lucky Brand, Old Navy Outlet, Aldo, Carter’s, The North Face and PA’s Wendell August.
Pro Tip: Monday and Thursday evenings, when crowds are at their thinnest, are ideal times to hit the stores. There’s also a highly rated food court and a great playground for any little ones you happen to bring along.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Limerick, Philadelphia and The Countryside
Stumble upon substantial discounts on coveted goods from merchandisers like Fossil, UGG Australia, Michael Kors and Kate Spade New York at Philadelphia Premium Outlets. The 150-store shopping center has an open-air, circle-track concept, so you can easy find what you’re looking for without too much power walking.
Pro Tip: Join Philadelphia Premium Outlets’ VIP Shopper Club to receive exclusive online coupons, insider info from your favorite brands and email alerts on sales and special events.
Crossings Premium Outlets,
Tannersville, Pocono Mountains
Frequent shoppers applaud Crossings Premium Outlets’ sales, when select retailers offer additional savings on already discounted merchandise (be sure to check their sales and events page for more information). Check loved ones off your shopping list at more than 100 stores, including Eddie Bauer, The North Face, H&M, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Guess, Harry & David, Express, Yankee Candle and Crocs.
Pro Tip: Scope out the less-trafficked rear entrance for better parking luck, and read the expansive shopping center’s directory beforehand so you won’t have to hunt for the stores you’re looking for.
For the ultimate outlet savings, head to the Crossings, Grove City or Philadelphia Premium Outlets for the After Thanksgiving Sale Featuring Midnight Madness.