OC's Black Friday Shopping Guide

No matter what you're looking for on Black Friday, Orange County is the perfect shopping destination for you. We've got outlets promising serious savings, festive malls that promise a perfect pic with Santa, upscale boutiques, and specialty stops for everyone on your list. Here's our handy guide to navigating shopping's most daunting day like a pro.

South Coast Plaza

Black Friday Hours: 8 am-10 pm

Insider tip: Invest in valet parking to save yourself a major parking headache. It's also a huge help if your arms are overflowing with shopping bags.

To get your holiday decor fix, head to Orange County's world class shopping destination, South Coast Plaza. With trees reaching stories high around every corner, plus a very festive North Pole setup for Santa encounters, SCP is the place to go for a massive dose of Christmas cheer.

It also boasts a bevy of high-end boutiques for the luxury lover on your list, as well as major national retailers such as Nordstrom, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, H&M (great doorbusters!) and many more. 

Fashion Island

Black Friday Hours: 8 am-9 pm

Insider tip: Get here early and get your shopping done in time to enjoy a leisurely lunch at amazing restaurants such as R+D Kitchen or True Food Kitchen.

A uniquely Orange County experience awaits at Fashion Island, where holiday hullabaloo and views of the Pacific Ocean combine to create the perfect Southern California Christmas. This outdoor shopping center is a great spot for the whole family, as there are plenty of places to frolic outside without ever stepping foot in a store. So, mom shops while everyone else has fun! Make sure to spend plenty of time checking out the towering tree, as well as their massive holiday pop-up shop which is chock full of gifts for everyone on your list.

Irvine Spectrum Center

Black Friday Hours: Starts at 11 pm Thursday, November 28 and runs through 10 pm Friday, November 29

Insider tip: Shop between the hours of 4 am and 8 am, as shoppers who spend $250 at one or a combination of Irvine Spectrum Center qualifying stores can enter to win the following prizes: $10,000 shopping spree; free valet at Irvine Spectrum or Fashion Island for one year; free car washes at Irvine Spectrum for one year (one per month).

Calling all night owls! If you can handle shopping all through the night, Irvine Spectrum Center is the place to be on Black Friday. Not only are stores like Nordstrom, Target, H&M and more offering huge savings, 

Outlets at Orange

Black Friday Hours: 12 am-10 pm

Insider tip: Stop by the Concierge stands to grab a coupon book and to ask where all the best deals are. Better yet - call ahead so you can plan a map of your intended shopping spots.

So you're a night owl looking for some serious savings, you say? Look no further than the Outlets at Orange- your budget-friendly, one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs. Opening at midnight on Black Friday, you'll be able to hit up all the amazing outlet stores before the sun (and all the other shoppers) reach the outdoor center.

With stores like Levi's, Bose, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and so many more, you'll be making plenty of recipients very happy. Just because your gifts look expensive doesn't mean they have to be, and thankfully, Outlets at Orange is here to help with that.