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Black Friday Holiday Guide

Take a deep breath—you’ve overcome most of 2020, which means you can totally conquer one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year: Black Friday! Make sure your alarm is set, your outfit is laid out and your most comfortable facial covering is waiting by the door.

All that’s left to do is study our survival guide, which is guaranteed to lead you to success with minimal stress.

1. Game plan

There is no greater feeling than discovering the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Plan ahead by pre-selecting items for everyone on your list, from family, friends and your significant other to your favorite barista and your little one’s teacher.

Fail-safe advice: Strategize and identify your go-to stores before jumping in. There are plenty of new brands to explore, such as BLENDED, Castañer, IRO, Garota and The Inspiration Co.

If you need a one-stop shop for holiday décor, Deck the Halls Shoppe by The Christmas Palace is filled with elegant ornaments and enchanting decorations, all in a stunning glass atrium. Just outside the store, explore the “tree forest” and select you very own tree, which can be shipped directly from the mall to your home!

Once you’ve narrowed down your list (and checked it twice), identify the most convenient starting point. Pro Tip: Valet or park in the garage next to Aventura Slide Tower, as it displays the number of spots available and features indicator lights above each parking space so you can quickly find openings. Your future self will be thankful for the pre-shopping prep!

2. Gear up

Athleisure is at the height of fashion, and with many of us working from home, loungewear has become a daily staple. Fortunately, the mall features plenty of options to keep you cool, comfy and fashionable throughout the year.

From chic and supportive sneaks’ to plush tracksuits, the options are nearly endless. Don’t have the right gear? Don’t sweat it! Stop by Lululemon, Fabletics or Adidas to select your favorite pieces to take you straight from your home office to the gym.

3. Fuel up

The ultimate threat to one’s shopping success: an empty, growling stomach and lack of energy. Get caffeinated at Starbucks, Naughty Coffee or Rosetta Bakery, then grab a sweet treat to go at Ladurée Paris. In the mood to sit down and eat? Numerous eateries can be found at Treats Food Hall and there are also plenty of dining options throughout the mall, such as PANI, which features delicious dishes with flavors from around the world, all in a picturesque setting.

For extra variety, head over to the Aventura Farmers Market in Center Court. The market consists of over 40 vendors offering handcrafted, artisanal foods and goods. Need we say more?

4. Make time for holiday fun—and photos!

You might be on a shopping-fueled mission, but remember to take some time to appreciate the holiday magic taking place at Aventura Mall.

Perfect your photo game at the Selfie Station pop-up, which has a variety of stunning backdrops you can use to express your creativity and enhance your Insta feed’s aesthetic.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus or strike a pose with the Grinch at The Grinch’s Grotto – which transports guests directly into the classic Dr. Seuss tale.

Afterward, anyone feeling inspired to #DoGood can stop by the Salvation Army Angel Tree and help bring holiday cheer to those in need.

When you need a breath of fresh air, visit the Gorillas in the Mist fountain for a fun photo op and tranquil seating area. Nearby, make a wish for the holidays or the new year at the Wishing Garden. There are also several “TikTok spots” throughout the mall’s grounds that provide the perfect backdrop for fun videos. Just look for the stickers on the ground and hit record!

5. Celebrate your success

You just conquered Black Friday! Kick back with a well-deserved post-shopping meal at Ornos Estiatorio, Divieto or any of our other delectable dining destinations.

Still stuffed from your victory meal? Unwind and enjoy a holiday classic, The Santa Claus, at AMC Aventura 24. Tickets are only $5.

We wish you a spectacular start to the holiday season!

With the exception of Macy’s and AMC Aventura 24, Aventura Mall will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will re-open at 8a.m. on Black Friday, November 27. Holiday hours run through Friday, Jan. 1

For more information, call 305-935-1110.

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