The biggest shopping event of the year is almost here and it’s time to start planning so you can stretch you dollar and time!

Northern Delaware
Breakfast: Get the earliest of starts with a bagel and schmear at Einstein Bros. Wilmington location which opens before the crack of dawn at 5 a.m. Fill your cup with coffee or a shot of espresso to give you the energy to start your day of savings.

Tax-Free Shopping: Two of Delaware’s largest shopping malls, Christiana in Newark (open Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Concord in Wilmington have you covered with dozens of retailers each, including big names like Apple and Microsoft.

Across the street from Christiana Mall you’ll find the Christiana Fashion Center with stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks off 5th, HomeGoods, and Ulta Beauty.

Dining: Take a break a with a farm-to-table meal at Pizza by Elizabeths in Greenville or head to the Wilmington Riverfront where you can enjoy tasty bites and a cold brew with a view of the city skyline at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Central Delaware
Breakfast: Head downtown for a breakfast bite before starting your shopping adventure. For early risers, stop by the House of Coffi (opens at 6:30 a.m.) for a cold brew coffee and seasonal pastry or if you’re heading up from southern Delaware, make a stop at Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop in Milford (opens at 6:30 a.m.) to fill up on signature brews and sweet homemade breakfast treats.

Tax-Free Shopping: The Dover Mall is the largest shopping center in central Delaware and home to stores like Macy’s, American Eagle and Victoria’s Secret, or you can head south on Rt. 13 to the nearby Best Buy and Target.

Downtown areas like Loockerman Street in Dover or Walnut Street in Milford have great local retailers where youll find unexpected gifts for the special people on your holiday shopping list.

Dining: Stop by 33 West Ale House and Grill in Dover serves up innovative cuisine for lunch and dinner. The brussels sprouts topped with balsamic vinegar and bacon are the perfect starter for any meal. After you have your fill, explore the surrounding local independent retailers, or if you’re heading south for more Black Friday shopping, make a stop at Restaurant 55, known for their juicy burgers and extensive menu of brews.

Southern Delaware
Breakfast: Surf Bagel in Lewes is a can’t-miss breakfast destination any time of year and their location right on DE-1 and long hours make it the perfect spot to stop on Black Friday. Grab a large coffee and choose from their dozens of bagel and topping combinations! This cute restaurant opens its doors at 6:30 a.m.

Tax-Free Shopping: Southern Delaware’s top one-stop-shopping destination is the Tanger Outlet Center, (Thursday 6 p.m. to Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) featuring more than 100 name brand stores. With already-discounted prices, Black Friday deals make this shopping center a must stop. The amazing shopping hubs of Second Street in Lewes and Rehoboth Avenue are sure to have great deals as well.

Dining: Indulge in the flavors of Delaware’s culinary coast at restaurants like Agave, specializing in Mexican fare in Lewes or Stingray, an Asian-Latino fusion restaurant in downtown Rehoboth.

Tax-free savings in addition to Black Friday deals, make large retailers like Wal-Mart (Wilmington, New Castle, Middletown, Dover, Camden, Milford, Seaford, Rehoboth), Target (Wilmington, Newark, Dover) and Best Buy (Wilmington, Newark, Dover), Lowe’s (Wilmington, Newark, New Castle, Bear, Middletown, Dover, Camden, Millsboro, Lewes, Seaford), and Home Depot (Claymont, Wilmington, Newark, New Castle, Middletown, Dover, Lewes) top destinations for big-ticket items like electronics, appliances and more!

Great tax-free deals continue through the weekend with Small Business Saturday which give’s Delaware’s homegrown retailers a chance to shine. Find unique gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces at local retailers across the state. Start your Saturday shopping at one of Delaware’s top shopping streets!