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Enjoy Holiday Shopping with Metrolink and Enter to Win Free Tickets

This season, give yourself a present and use Metrolink for your holiday shopping. Relax and let Metrolink do the driving and don’t worry about traffic or parking.

Some of the best shopping in Southern California can be found near Metrolink stations and if you go shopping on weekends, you can travel all over the region for just $10 all day.

Before you head out, enter for a chance to win two free tickets as part of the Metrolink Daycation Holiday Fun promotion. No matter the season, a Metrolink Daycation delivers a welcome break with easy travel from Los Angeles to Oceanside and all the great stops in between. Enter to win and learn more about Metrolink Daycations here.

Get your jingle on and check out some of the shopping options below.

For small-town enjoyment and distinctive gifts, visit Old Towne Orange and San Juan Capistrano. In both locations, affordable antiques and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants are an easy walk from the station. With your $10 unlimited travel weekend pass, you can visit both during the same trip! Learn more about Orange and San Juan Capistrano shopping here.

The Shops at Mission Viejo

With approximately 159 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo has something for everyone on your list.

Located close to the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station, you can use OCTA’s OC Flex microtransit service for free with your Metrolink ticket and be picked up and dropped off from the train to the mall in no time. Learn more about OC Flex here.

Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment lifestyle destinations. The center features more than 175 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Recently renovated, the center features a giant Ferris wheel, 21-screen theater and distinctive eateries and stores.


Located in Mission Viejo, Kaleidoscope  is a lifestyle center featuring entertainment, shops, restaurants and arts and culture. The innovative venue offers activities for all ages and stages.

Outlets at San Clemente

Shop 60+ big brands at deep discounts in a Spanish-style village overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the Outlets at San Clemente, you can combine shopping and saving with a trip to the beach.

Galleria at Tyler

Located in Riverside, this premier shopping center features the finest collection of department stores and specialty brands in the region including more than 180 shops and restaurants.

Burbank Town Center

Burbank Town Center offers a choice of more than 170 retail shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and lifestyle services. Just a few miles northeast of Hollywood and known as the “Media Capital of the World,” Burbank is home to Walt Disney and Warner Bros. Studios.