A number of years ago, I celebrated my Birthday (December 19th) in Dallas, Texas. An odd choice but with friends living in the Metroplex – the area that triangles Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth – and a chance to see a city that fascinated me, I flew the 4,745 miles to the Lone Star Sate. It was here that I found a small slice of magic and a decadent retail haven – Highland Park Village. Nestled beautifully in the affluent city of Highland Park, a little north of Downtown Dallas, spread over 9.9 acres, the shopping village has been designed in the Spanish Mediterranean architectural style and strives to create the most romantic and enchanting environment to do Christmas holiday shopping. For British and European readers, the layout is much like Bicester Village outlet, set around a fountain and is home to high-end boutiques yet this is not a discount outlet centre.
No, this is where the creme de la creme of designers have made home in Dallas since 1931. More esteemed, in 1997 HP Village was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 it was named a Historic Landmark. I recall wandering around this particular evening, as a guest of my friends then employer of a locally famed department store, sipping champagne boutique to boutique but remained completely spellbound to the decorative white lights that covered every tree, bush and lampost in the village. Could this be the most magical and romantic shopping destination in the world? Yes, I think so – here’s whats going on over the holiday season.
Shopping: Men are more than catered for at HP Village with Balenciaga; Brunello Cucinelli, Zegna, Etro, Fendi, Frame denim, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford. After something other than something for yourself? Womenswear is covered by all and everyone whilst Anthropologie, Deno’s of Highland Park, the Goop Pop-Up and Kiehl’s are ideal for one of a kind gifts, with The Royal Blue perfect for foodies. Yet there are many more outlets to explore that will see you ticking of your Christmas shopping list.
Eating: For a coffee and cake, the Bird Bakery is a must visit with homemade cakes served daily, whilst Lounge 31 is a one of a kind destination for drinks and light dining offering a perfect blend of casual sophistication, cozy corners, and European flair. Many of the eateries have an Italian theme, but for some refined American plates try The Honor Bar for favourite dishes from the Beverly Hills and Montecito locations.
What’s On: The December highlight is the HP Village Artisan Market on December 12th. Food, family and fun converge at Highland Park Village LOCAL, a seasonal neighbourhood market featuring a variety of Dallas-Fort Worth’s favourite vendors, farm-sourced produce, games and entertainment the third Saturday of each month. Guests can also purchase LOCAL merchandise as well as Highland Park Village gift cards for those last minute surprise gifts.
Where to Stay/ How to Get There: Look to stay in decadence at the downtown landmark, The Adolphus Hotel (previous guests include myself and HM Queen Elizabeth II) whilst flights between London Heathrow and Dallas Forth Worth departing Monday 10th December and returning Friday 14th – to enjoy the HP Village Local Artisan Market – are £902.