'Tis the shopping season! your holiday season survival guide to Skygate

There’s a secret to sleighing the festive season, and it comes in the form of Brisbane’s favourite outlet shopping centre, Skygate. From gift giving to gourmet-gorging, use this as your survival guide to source everything needed to ensure Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. 1.    Parking and access The Nightmare Before Christmas might be a classic stop-motion fantasy festive film, but in the real world, the movie title can describe shopping centre parking in December. Enter, the Skygate centre. Here you’ll find five, free open-air car parks and multi-deck car park starting from $2 per hour, where you’re bound to find a parking space faster than you can say ‘ho-ho-ho’.  If you’d rather avoid the stress of parking altogether, you’re also in luck. There’s plenty of public transport options available to help take you directly from your front door to ours. Plan your trip using Translink’s journey planner here. 2.    Keep the kids entertained You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to Skygate! We’re making this Christmas one to remember with FREE Santa photos taking place this December.  This means you can save your pennies for more important things (aka DFO’s big brand Boxing Day sales).  Book here to secure a session for the opportunity to capture the ultimate festive family photo. Keep the good times rolling by swinging into Golf Central to tee off on 18-holes of fun designed to encourage a bit of healthy family competition. 3.    Shop Christmas gifts on a budget  We know Christmas is an expensive time of the year and that’s when it comes in handy having 140 big brand outlets stores all under one roof, offering gifting options for everyone, naughty or nice.  Make your list, check it twice and shop at half the price by paying a visit to DFO to shop gifts: •    For him at Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Billabong •    For her at Oroton, Novo, Decjuba, Lorna Jane •    For the kids at Smiggle, Typo, Cotton On Kids, Ollie’s Place, Skechers •    For the house at Skygate Home & Life •    For the hard to buy for with a DFO gift card For the gift that keeps on giving, enjoy extended retail trading hours all December long so you can shop ‘til you drop at a time that’s best suited to you. Click here to view our extended trading hours. 4.    Get organised for the Christmas feast As Christmas Day edges closer, the burning question on everyone’s mind is when’s the best time to tackle your mega grocery list?  Luckily for you, you can shop all essentials needed to coordinate the ultimate Christmas feast on any day and at any hour thanks to Queensland’s only 24/7 Woolworths located right here at Skygate.  Think ready-made pavlovas, pudding and baked desserts from the bakery, ham and fresh prawns from the deli, food and gift hampers, decorations and so much more! Get further into the festive spirit by decking the halls (literally) at discounted prices with Bargain Mania. Shop everything from tinsel to table décor, to stocking stuffers and supplies for DIY gift-wrapping too. You can even shop your boozy Christmas refreshments at our full-sized Dan Murphy’s, also operating on extended trading hours throughout the silly season. 5.    Refuel after sleighing your day of shopping Christmas lists ticked – now what? Refuel and reward yourself after your hard work at Skygate Dining: Visit Transit Tavern for a wholesome sit-down pub-style meal. For fuss-free family eats try Burge Urge, The Coffee Club or Nautilus Seafood Emporium & Grill. For on-the-go eats visit Burrito Bar, Sushi Station or the Bahn Mi House. *Public holiday hours may vary. See individual store pages for the most up-to-date trading hours.