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Holiday Decorating, Gift Shopping and Wrapping

Here's a list of shopping centers and strip malls with anchor department stores, movies, food courts, shops, boutiques, and huge grocery stores:

Shopping and Specialty Malls
Malls and strip malls with anchor department stores, movies, food courts, shops, boutiques, and huge grocery stores

PLAZA MEXICO Av. Mexico near Circle with Cortez
LA GRAN PLAZA Av. Vallarta & San Ignacio
Sears entrance from Lazaro Cardenas
PLAZA DEL SOL Av. Mariano Otero & Av. Lopez Mateos
PLAZA PATRIA Av. Patria & Av. Avila Camacho
PLAZA MILLENIUM Av. Lopez Mateos & Av. Mariano Otero
PLAZA PABELLON Av. Acueducto 2380
CENTRO MAGNO Av. Vallarta & Francisco de Quevedo
CENTRO ABASTOS Av. Lazaro Cardenas
Fish, Fruits, Pinatas, Party Supplies
Spices, Dried Goods, Wholesale and Retail
EXPO GUADALAJARA Av. Mariano Otero 1499
Various exhibitions, trade shows, gift shows, and home shows fill the center
GALERIA DEL CAZADO Av. Mexico & Yaquis
Mall of only shoe stores and accessories
GALERIA EXHIMODO South of Vallarta, near railroad tracks
Mall of fashion stores and botiques
JEWELRY CENTER In the World Trade Center
Mariano Otero at Av. De las Rosas
CONCENTRO Av. Vallarta and the Periferico
Building Materials, Accessories, Services


Thursday and Sunday open air street markets regularly have more than 30 blocks of stalls featuring everything under the sun, with emphasis on clay, wood and glass products handcrafted in Tonala for export. A few stalls have artificial Christmas trees, some decorations and wrappings.

Regular Thursday and Sunday markets are extended by early October to include 10-12 blocks of stalls selling figures, buildings, foliage and accessories for nativity scenes.

Stalls set up in the park along Independencia in the historic area of downtown Guadalajara sell glass balls, garlands, lights, ornaments, wrappings and other holiday decorations.

Venders set up to sell live trees, decorations, wrapping paper, ribbons, and gifts.

In the median of the street near Gran Plaza. Live trees, decorations, gifts, toys, paper, and ribbons. This is a very popular temporary open-air market.

Located a couple blocks south of the historic area of downtown Guadalajara, this is the oldest of the open-air special markets for Christmas. Located on Pedro Madero between 16th de September and Independencia.


Located at Calzada Independencia and Av. Juarez in the downtown historic area. This is one of the largest indoor markets in Latin America. The site of this huge building was an indigenous marketplace long before the arrival of the Spanish. In addition to the usual vast assortment of gifts and daily goods, Christmas decorations and Nativity pieces are featured in the vast inventory.

Tonala - Regular Shops
The artesanías village of Tonala has long been famous for the ceramics produced there. While most visitors visit the street markets, a second day in the village just to explore the shops is warranted.

More upscale than Tonala, Tlaquepaque boutiques and stores are always a joy to visit. They are filled with interesting and unusual gift and home items from throughout Mexico. The perfect spot for lunch or shopped-out husbands is the Parian, the grand plaza square, divided into 14 separate restaurants, and filled with wandering Mariachi groups.

Lakeside Shopping:

Artesanías Market Next to the Auditorium in Ajijic
A State Operated Store for
Jalisco's Finest Craftsmen
Many Gifts, Some Decorations
Chapala Tianguis Monday open air market
Near Pemex Gas Station in Chapala
Gifts, Food, Decorations, Giant Sparklers
Paper, Lights, Ribbons
Ajijic Tianguis Wednesday Open Air Market
Gifts, Food, decorations, Giant Sparklers
Paper, Lights, Ribbons
Papeleria Hidalgo Calle Hidalgo at Calle Juarez in Ajijic
Paper, Ribbons, decorations, findings
Calle Morelos at Calle Zaragoza in Chapala Paper, Ribbons, Paper Lanterns, Gift Bags
Tienda de Luz Calle Parroquia, south side of Ajijic Plaza
Variety Store: Paper, Gifts, Decorations
Calle Francisco Madero in Chapala Variety Import Store, Decorations, Paper, Gifts



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