The holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to shopping during a pandemic - let alone trying to pick out the best gifts for your loved ones. Luckily, many shopping centers in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley are here and ready to offer you the opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift!

Not just that but these shopping centers also feature fun holiday décor and activities that will make your shopping experience even more enjoyable! Learn about the shopping malls in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley below and all the fun and safe holiday seasonal events they are offering this year!


Located in San Mateo, the Hillsdale Shopping Center offers over 100 stores and restaurants to fit any holiday shopping needs. The shopping center includes a balanced blend of luxury and lifestyle stores with plenty of diversity to fit any price range. In between shopping, enjoy a mix of casual and fine dining locations (offering safe and warm outdoor dining options, like Pinstripes).

Be sure to visit the new outdoor plaza at Hillsdale Shopping Center, which will feature a giant lighted Christmas tree starting November 19. Each Friday evening after that, there will be a “Nights of Lights Holiday Spectacular” with a synchronized holiday tree and fountain light show in the plaza.

This year, the Hillsdale Shopping Center is once again offering in-person visits with Santa Claus! Starting Friday, November 19 through Friday, December 24, 2021, in Macy’s Center Court. Wander through Santa’s wonderland with festive décor, leading to Santa sitting in his cozy corner ready to meet little ones. Capture that keepsake moment with a variety of Santa photo packages for purchase.



Another excellent upscale open-air shopping experience is at the Town & Country Village located in Palo Alto. With over 70+ unique stores, restaurants and services, you will find something different at every storefront! Parking is easy and convenient, and you’ll love strolling their walkways and gardens while you shop. Visit their website for a complete list of their seasonal events and promotions.



Located in Daly City, right off Highway 280, Serramonte Shopping Center is an indoor mall with over 130 stores and restaurants to fit any shopping need and they are so excited to welcome back shoppers for the holiday season! To keep visitors safe, their entry doors have one-way enter/exit signage to adhere to social distance guidelines. Face masks are required at entry, and hand sanitizer is provided at all entrances. Seats and tables in the food court are now open at very limited capacity. However, they have provided an outdoor seating area right outside of the food court for your convenience. By the way, Santa Claus will return this year and more details will be released soon.

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We also wanted to mention that The Shops at Tanforan located in San Bruno are ready to welcome visitors this holiday shopping season too! We know this year wasn't perfect and everyone is looking for a little more magic in their lives and a visit with Santa is an experience you’ll never forget! So, bring your family and friends for professional Photos with Santa and a chance for children to share their holiday wishes. The visit with Santa this year will create memories for years to come. The Shops at Tanforan will also host a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 4 featuring live music, face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways, and more!


Located in the heart of the San Francisco waterfront lays PIER 39! This outdoor, two-level dining, entertainment, shopping, and attraction destination is known for being the home to the world-famous sea lions. But, additionally, PIER 39 is also home to 14 full-service restaurants and to over 50 shops where you can find that perfect Christmas gift. Plan a visit and enjoy the holidays all season long with The PIER's nightly tree lighting musical moments on its 60' Christmas tree, which will come to life every half hour from 5:00–10:00 PM, November 23, 2021, through January 9, 2022.

See all that The San Francisco Peninsula has to offer! Order a visitor guide today and start planning your trip!