Holiday shoppers know that heading to the mall can mean spending hours in checkout lines and packed parking garages this time of year. Luckily, we've rounded up a huge list of enjoyable alternatives to the department and chain store experience. Check out these sales and events, where you can find great gifts at big discounts, sometimes while sipping a cocktail or listening to music. These events might actually make you look forward to holiday shopping.
What Goes Around Comes Around at Space15Twenty
When: Thursday, December 9 (7-10pm)
Where: 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
What Goes Around Comes Around presents its holiday party and sale at Space15Twenty, hosted by celebrities Jamie King and Donovan Leitch. Expect drinks, a DJ set by Leitch, and discounts of up to 60% off on the WGACA Collection . To attend, RSVP to WGACALA@peoplesrevolution.com.
West Third Street's Annual Holiday Party
When: Thursday, December 9 (6-9pm)
Where: West Third Street, between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Blvd.
While celebrating the season at West Third Street's Annual Party, be sure to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way as well. Stores like Milk, Swerve, and Petro Zillia will offer discounts and cocktails for shoppers, so head over for a festive, fun shopping experience. Reality show fans should also stop into Hillary Rush to see The City star Whitney Port unveil her new collection and offer styling types. Did we mention there will be discounted clothing here as well?
Babakul Grand Opening Party
When: Thursday, December 9 (5-8pm)
Where: Fred Segal Santa Monica, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
True Religion co-founder Kym Gold has founded new clothing line Babakul and is debuting it this Thursday at a shop-in-shop at Fred Segal Santa Monica. Be the first to see the collection while enjoying complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enza Costa Rogue Sale
When: Thursday, December 9 (10am-5pm)
Where: 2635 Nevin Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Head downtown to pick up some truly fabulous finds, whether you are looking for great sweaters to wear over the holidays or to buy as gifts, you will find great knits and cashmere for under $50.
Chic Little Devil Sample Sale
When: Thursday, December 9 - Sunday, December 12 (10am-6pm)
Where: 1206 Maple Ave., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA
Find clothing from collections like Chloe and Alexander McQueen for up to 90% off. Shoppers have four days to shop so take your time and enjoy the discounts.
WeSC Sample Sale
When: Thursday, December 9 - Friday December 10 (10am-7pm), Saturday, December 11 (9am-1pm)
Where: Action Freight Distribution Warehouse, 11099 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Don't be surprised if your favorite items are picked up quickly during this three day sale. The WeSC brand is known for it's edgy, oh-so-cool jackets, jeans, and shirts. If you have a lot of people to shop for on your gift list though, this could be a great place for you; WeSC has mens, womens, and kids apparel to choose from.
Linea Pelle Sample Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (10am-5pm)
Where: 2222 Barry Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Accessories are always a great gift idea--even the woman who has everything can't have enough accessories--so stop into Linea Pelle's sample sale to find handbags, belts, and cuffs at discounted prices. To skip the line, bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
When: Friday, December 10 - Saturday, December 11 (10am-3pm)
Where: 6687 Flotilla St., Commerce
Buy discounted athletic gear for the whole family at Alo, so everybody can be ready to work off the holiday pounds in the new year.
Hudson Jeans Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (9am-6pm) - Saturday, December 11 (8am-4pm)
Where: 6409 Gayheart St., Los Angeles, CA
Hudson Jeans, the British brand that has become a celebrity favorite, is having a sale just in time for the holidays. With merch up to 80% off, shoppers can find trendy denim for friends and family and maybe even pick up a pair for themselves as well.
Current/Elliott, Joie and Equipment Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (12-8pm) - Saturday, December 11 (9am-4pm)
Where:4599 District Blvd., Vernon, CA
If you find yourself in the city of Vernon, head to this sample sale, where you can find discounts up to 70% off on women's and kids' apparel.
Three Dots Parking Lot Sale
When: Friday, December 10-Saturday, December 11 (9am-5pm)
Where: 7340 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove, CA
Head to Three Dots Headquarters in Garden Grove this weekend for a blowout sale. This brand is a department store staple, but you can finally avoid the annoying mall scene AND shop at a discount.
Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (10am-6pm), Saturday (10am-6pm), Sunday (11am-4pm)
Where: 2301 E. 7th St., C100., Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Pally's clothing line is great for anyone in your life whose look is bohemian and California beach chic. Pally's dresses and blouses are the perfect gifts that will look well-tailored and expensive, so the lucky girl you buy them for won't even know you got them on sale.
Society For Rational Dress Warehouse Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (10am-5pm); and Saturday, December 11 (10am-3pm).
Where: Society For Rational Dress Warehouse Sale, 255 South Santa Fe Avenue, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA
Whether you're shopping for gifts or for yourself, stop in to browse the selection of discounted dresses and two pieces at this Warehouse Sale, where silk dresses will start at $50, and leather jackets will start at just under $200.
National LTD Blowout Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (10am-5pm)- Saturday, December 11 (10am-4pm)
Where: West 9th St., Suite 826, Los Angeles, CA
Samples and past season styles will be featured at this blowout sale for National LTD, so come find your holiday basics and gifts. Nothing will be over $30, so this just might be the only place you need to shop this weekend without making a huge dent in your wallet.
LF Warehouse Winter Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (10am-6pm) - Saturday, December 11 (7am-3pm).
Where: 5333 McConnell Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Shoppers can save 65%-90% on merch from seasons past during this trendy west side brand's sale. Everything from shoes and outwear to cute party dresses will be on sale, so hit this place up as the alternative to standing in line at Urban Outfitters this holiday season. There's enough stuff to keep any girl warm through the winter and looking stylish into spring.
The Black Halo Sale
When: Friday, December 10 (12-5pm) - Saturday, December 11 (9am-3pm) 9am to 3pm.
Where: 648 S. Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA
Stop in to this sale to find the perfect dress for all your holiday parties this year, and pick up a few more ensembles for yourself or friends. With sale prices, why not stock up on dresses for the whole year?
Fjällräven Pop-Up Shop at TenOverSix
When: Saturday, Decemeber 11 (5-9pm)
Where: TenOverSix, 8425 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
If you are looking for winter gear or the newest in Swedish style, check out the Fjällräven pop-up shop on Melrose this weekend. The event will also feature Scandinavian food, drinks, and music, so get a taste of Sweden while picking up a new fleece piece for your wardrobe. To attend, RSVP to email@example.com.
Mor Cosmetics Annual Holiday Sale
When: Saturday, December 11 (10am-6pm) - Sunday, December 12 (11am-4pm)
Where: 10718 Reagan St., Los Alamitos, CA
You may wear your shoes thin just making it out to Los Alamitos for this sample sale, but luckily you can buy a new pair (from brands like Seychelles) once you arrive. With shoes, fragrances and cosmetics up to 75% percent off, it's worth the journey.
South Willard Sale
Where: South Willard, 8038 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
This is the season of gift-giving, so even if you are out shopping for yourself, remember to stop in to South Willard to buy a little something for the man in your life as well. The men's boutique has discounts of up to 30% off brands like Band of Outsiders and the store's on lable, South Willard.