Blog / Published on Nov 30, 2023

December shopping in Snohomish County

Transit can take you to the big boxes and specialty stores

A Community Transit stop near Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood

Note: Route information is accurate as of this article’s publication date. As our communities grow, Community Transit makes changes to stops and routes to best serve riders. For the most updated route information use our Plan My Trip tool.

Winter is a great season to ride the bus in Snohomish County, sightsee, or shop.

There are major shopping centers and dozens of specialty shops and strip malls. Once you’ve made your list and figured out where you want to go, you just need to plan your trip on Community Transit’s website or your favorite transit app. Here is some information to help you out.

Zipping around Lynnwood for shopping or entertainment

Zip Alderwood Shuttle is easy when you work, live, or play in Lynnwood’s Zip Alderwood Shuttle service area. Community Transit’s on-demand shared ride service offers travel to the mall, restaurants, movies – even to run errands. And it costs the same as local bus fare.

The Zip zone was selected because it has many popular destinations. You can plan your travel around your needs, not a bus schedule. Just book a trip on the Goin’ app or by calling ahead and your ride should be there within 15 minutes. Pay with your ORCA card and you can travel for two hours with one payment.

Indoor and outdoor shopping at Alderwood Mall

3000 184th St SW, Lynnwood

Accessible by Routes 107, 113, 115, 116, 196, Zip  

The weather in Puget Sound can be unpredictable, but with convenient transit service to a regional shopping center like Alderwood Mall, shoppers can enjoy traditional indoor shopping as well as open-air outdoor shopping and dining. Check the online schedules to plan your trip.  

Premium outlet shopping is a bus ride away

10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip

Accessible by Routes 209, 222

One of the largest shopping destinations in the county is the Seattle Premium Outlets. In addition to the regular brands at discounted prices, you’ll find a host of specialty shops, many with Native American art, crafts, and gifts made locally. Explore Seattle Premium Outlets, Quil Ceda Village, and the nearby Hibulb Cultural Center for a full day of shopping and culture.

Something old something new

1108 1st Street, Snohomish

Accessible by Routes 109, 270, 271

If antiques are more to your liking, plan to visit the Antique Station in Victoria Village. This multi-dealer antiques mall sits in the heart of Historic Downtown Snohomish, offering a vast selection of antiques, collectibles, and vintage items. To celebrate their 30th anniversary holiday season in business, many of the 70+ vendors are featuring Christmas gifts and winter memorabilia.  Plus, walk around the historic district; there are many more shops, restaurants, and beautiful scenery along the Snohomish River. The bus stops on 2nd Street, one block over.

Holiday markets and bazaars

In addition to traditional shopping centers, Snohomish County is home to many holiday markets and bazaars during December. For a list, visit Talk Snohomish for shopping activities all month long. Once you pick a market or place, go to the Community Transit website and use the search bar to add a keyword, route, stop, address, or landmark and instantly find the closest transit route to your destination. We make it easy to plan your trip with a starting or destination address, based on what time you want to leave or arrive. Not every location is near a bus stop, but many are.

Enjoy your December transit travels, and tell us where you went.