Holidays With MTS

Tis the season! For festive lights and time with loved ones, baking favorite treats, gift giving and shopping mall parking battles. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Avoid becoming a grinch and let MTS be the easy way to get to all of your holiday shopping destinations!

With service to most major shopping centers in the region, taking transit can help keep your spirits bright when shopping for friends and family. Park and Ride from one of our transit stations near your home, or near the mall, and happily avoid the traffic jams and circling around the parking lot just trying to find a space. It’ll make your holidays much merrier and bright!

Check out the map and list of major shopping destinations below to plan your trip. Plus stay-up-to-date with other MTS holiday news!

MTS Holiday Schedule
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MTS Trolley Holiday Shopping Map

MTS Shopping Connections Map - San Diego

Westfield UTC

Westfield UTC has it all this holiday season with premier shopping and traditional holiday events. Santa will make his way here for photo opportunities along with Magical Moments where you can experience snowfall, live performances, and seasonal snow globe characters. The Trolley stops right at UTC helping you to avoid the hassle of traffic and parking.

Ways to get there: UC San Diego Blue Line to UTC station, Routes 30, 31, 41, 60, 101, 105, 201, 202, 204, 921

Plan Your Trip to Westfield UTC

La Jolla Village Square

Get easy access to La Jolla Village Square by hopping on the Trolley this season. The mall features a number of big box stores to help you get all of your holiday ducks in a row. The Trolley station is right in the parking lot for easy access.

Ways to get there: UC San Diego Blue Line to Nobel Drive station, Routes 30, 101, 201, 202

Plan Your Trip to La Jolla Village Square

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Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley is home to 200+ stores plus luxury shopping and over 30 eateries. You’re sure to find just the right gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Santa will also be visiting Fashion Valley and you can book photos with him in advance.

Ways to get there: Green Line to Fashion Valley station, Routes 1, 6, 20, 25, 41, 88, 120, 928

Plan Your Trip to Fashion Valley Mall

Westfield Mission Valley

Westfield Mission Valley has nearly 80 stores available plus special weekends with a #shoplocal holiday market. Be sure to catch a session of Photos with Santa with a Pajama Party every Tuesday that benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. There are also select "Santa Paws" Pet Nights so your furry friends don't miss out on the fun.

Ways to get there: Green Line to Mission Valley Center station. Route 6.

Plan Your Trip to Westfield Mission Valley

Hazard Center

Hop on board and get to Hazard Center for some shopping this season. Hazard Center features an UltraStar movie theater, big box shopping, and is centrally located in Mission Valley. You can also use Hazard Center as your central spot as you visit some of the other nearby malls with plenty of free parking on weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on the weekends.

Ways to get there: Green Line to Hazard Center station

Plan Your Trip to Hazard Center

Seaport Village

Shop in style by the bay at Seaport Village. Featuring 54 shops, waterfront restaurants, and casual dining, you’re sure to find the perfect unique gift. Seaport Village is also featuring daily live music, holiday decor, and photos with Santa (plus a visit from Surfing Santa on November 26th!), a Menorah lighting, and other festive fun throughout the season.

Ways to get there: Green Line to Seaport Village station

Plan Your Trip to Seaport Village

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Grossmont Center

Grossmont Center features nearly 100 stores with restaurants, a large movie theater, and special holiday events. The Orange Line and Green Line both conveniently go to Grossmont Center, making it an easy drop-off point for all of your shopping needs.

Ways to get there: Green Line or Orange Line to Grossmont Center station, Routes 852, 854

Plan Your Trip to Grossmont Center

Parkway Plaza

For our East County residents, be sure to check out Parkway Plaza this season. Parkway Plaza features over 130 stores with top-of-the-line shopping. Kids can also visit with Santa and they have a “Soothing Santa” event that happens before store opening hours to provide a quieter experience. On December 3 visit Parkway Plaza for their toy drive starting at 11 a.m. If you donate 3 toys, you will be given two movie tickets in return for your donation.

Ways to get there: Routes 833, 874/875 and 894.

Plan Your Trip to Parkway Plaza

Santee Trolley Square

At the east end of the Green Line Trolley route lies Santee Trolley Square. With 17 stores and 16 restaurants, it is a great place to get all of your holiday shopping done. The Trolley station lies directly in the heart of Santee Trolley Square, once you see the large festive tree out of the window, it is time to disembark and begin your shopping journey.

Ways to get there: Green Line to Santee Town Center, Routes 832, 833, 834

Plan Your Trip to Santee Trolley Square


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Westfield Plaza Bonita

Not only can you get your shopping done at Westfield Plaza Bonita but there are also character meet and greets every Tuesday evening featuring a Holiday Cinderella, the Grinch, and Buddy the Elf (in addition to multiple visits from Santa)! With over 110+ stores and plenty of dining options, Westfield Plaza Bonita is sure to help you with all of your holiday needs.

Ways to get there: Routes 705, 961 and 968.

Plan Your Trip to Westfield Plaza Bonita

Las Americas Premium Outlets

This outlet mall at the border of San Diego and Tijuana features over 125 stores with tons of savings to help you during the holidays. The mall can get pretty busy this time of year with traffic from both sides of the border. Save yourself the headache and hop on board MTS to make your shopping day a little easier.

Ways to get there: UC San Diego Blue Line to San Ysidro to Routes 906 & 907.

Plan Your Trip to Las Americas Premium Outlets

Otay Ranch Center

Otay Ranch Town Center has it all with 95 shops and dining options. There are multiple ways to visit with Santa with your kids, including a sensory-friendly visit plus Pet Nights for your furry companions. The open-air and pedestrian-friendly mall features a contemporary streetscape design for the whole family (plus dogs!) to enjoy.

Ways to get there: Rapid 225.

Plan Your Trip to Otay Ranch Center