For Easy Holiday Gift Shopping Go LA Metro

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Beat the Los Angeles traffic when holiday shopping.

It's holiday shopping time again. Don't worry. When the Los Angeles traffic is naughty, Metro is nice. It can help you find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. And with a $3 day Metro pass, you can save money to purchase more gifts this holiday season. See the exciting venues to buy holiday gifts in Los Angeles in our video.

Metro's fleet of more than 2,400 buses and 73 miles of rail lines serves major shopping areas throughout Los Angeles County, including Northridge Fashion Center, 3rd Street Promenade, Beverly Center, Universal CityWalk, Old Pasadena, Macy's Plaza downtown, CityPlace in Long Beach and South Bay Galleria.

Shoppers looking beyond the malls can find unique, affordable holiday gifts at one of the special shopping districts. Whether looking for toys, fashions, clothing, jewelry or flowers, downtown L.A.'s shopping districts are the place to go, accessible via a multitude of L.A. Metro Bus lines, the Metro Red and Gold Lines, Metrolink trains and Dash Buses. Also in downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo sells beautiful and unique Japanese-made items and it's just two blocks from the Metro Red Line Civic Center Station.

The Metro Orange Line opens up venues in the San Fernando Valley for Metro-bound holiday shoppers keen to avoid the Los Angeles traffic. The latest major addition to the Metro system provides convenient access to several key shopping locations along the 14-mile line. Starting at its western end at Warner Center in Woodland Hills lies Westfield Promenade and Westfield Topanga shopping centers. Westfield Promenade contains 615,000 square-feet of lifestyle/entertainment/retail space, including Barnes & Noble, Macy's and the AMC 14-screen theater. Westfield Topanga shopping locations include Nordstrom, Sears and more.

The Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station is the starting point from which holiday shoppers can jump on board Metro Local 233 or Metro Rapid 761 to shop at the Panorama Mall, home to Anchor Blue, K-B Toys, Wal-Mart and more.

At the Metro Orange Line's eastern end, the NoHo Arts District offers shoppers an eclectic array of retail, vintage and children's clothing, home decor shops and boutiques, including Omni Designs, Art 'N Soul, Luggage 4 Less and the Iliad Bookshop. This is a perfect area for finding unique holiday gifts.

Or, for those who prefer the shopping comforts of their own computer, Metro's online store contains a range of holiday gifts, from beautiful Metro Works Posters ($10) to a Metro System Map Mug ($12.50). For children there is a cuddly Teddy Bear ($15) wearing a T-shirt that says "I love Metro." And to thank everyone for all those gifts, order a box of Metro Art Note Cards, featuring works from the Metro Neighborhood Poster series. A box of nine cards is just $8.

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