Holiday Shopping, with a Touch of History!

Where in Watertown can you get your holiday shopping done while also getting a history fix? Get yourself over to The Arsenal Project, home to dozens of amazing shopping and eating venues.

Designed by architect Alexander Parris in 1816 (of Quincy Market fame), the Watertown Arsenal operated continuously as a research facility and military munitions center until the Army sold 55 acres of the property to the town in 1968. The 70s retail boom led to the creation of the Arsenal Mall at the site, which opened its doors in 1983. 30 years later, local developers envisioned a renewed and revitalized site and renamed it The Arsenal Project.

 Occupying two of the property’s sizeable buildings, The Arsenal Project has over 50 shopping, eating and service venues – making it a perfect spot to get all your holiday shopping done in one big swoop. Stores include a sizeable Marshall’s (a Marshall’s gift card is never an unwelcome present) and Home Depot; Gap, Old Navy (isn’t he always in need of new socks?!) and Gymboree Outlets; Ann Taylor and Aldo Factory Stores; and a Victoria's Secret (pajamas for her is never a bad idea), Game Stop and Sports Authority. Extending its scope beyond retail, the site now hosts family-friendly concerts and cultural events, many holiday focused ones happening now.

 On top of all this, they really know how to decorate for the holidays…