Holiday Parking As A Competitive Sport

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

It puzzles me why parking becomes a competitive sport at this time of year.  Throughout Northern Virginia the mall parking lots are loading up with holiday shoppers looking for bargains.   There are some people who need to park close to a door due to a disability (stay out of the handicap spots if you don’t have a sticker) but for the most part whether you are 10 or 30 parking spaces from the door it shouldn’t be a big deal.  Let’s face it most of us need the exercise to walk off the holiday calories.

Yet the honking of horns, the glares and obscene gestures, none of which convey Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, are prevalent.   While you’re slowly stalking a shopper loaded with packages, I’m in the mall getting the last Ultimate Star Wars Light Saber off the shelf.

Before you head out take a deep breath.  It’s only a parking space.   And for  heavens sake don’t go Kathy Bates on us.

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Comments (45)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Oh this is so right on target. I dread going into any shopping center at this time of year, but the malls, which I avoid, at the worst. Online works just fine for me. It's less dangerous, and frustrating.


Dec 07, 2016 04:19 PM
Mary Jo Quay - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

The weather just turned frigid after a very mild November.  Wear a warm coat, gloves, and try to remember where you parked it.  Did you know that Waze now has a car tracker inside the app for people like me who don't remember where it is?

Dec 07, 2016 07:57 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

No kidding!!!

My way of avoiding parking hassles is to get there early or get there late, or sometimes midafternoon!!!

Dec 08, 2016 04:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Cindy Jones ,

Love the post..I too tend to let people in and seems the karma follows me around. On-line shopping alleviates this problem and I have packages that just come to my office..I love it!

Dec 08, 2016 05:04 AM
Lisa Bieri
Door County Realty Inc. - Sturgeon Bay, WI
Passion for RESULTS. Concern for PEOPLE.

This is just great.  Thanks for the light-hearted thought in what is a busy day.

Dec 08, 2016 09:03 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I laugh at relatives that spend hours at the gym for exercise but have to park as close to the door as possible.   The longer walk would be exercise!

Dec 08, 2016 11:31 AM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Thanks for the chuckle.  I can certainly understand the need to be in "the front row" if you have health issues, the weather is inclement or even folks with small children, but I live in Florida and most days, I purposely park as far away as I possible.  The issue that irritates me are the folks that block the way, sometimes for several minutes, while they are waiting for their space. 

Dec 08, 2016 12:54 PM
Zurple Marketing Team
Zurple - San Diego, CA
Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents

This is too relatable for us here in San Diego, were glad we aren't alone in feeling this way during the holidays.

Dec 08, 2016 03:16 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Cindy.    I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites"!

Dec 10, 2016 09:45 PM
Cindy Jones

Thanks Pat.


Dec 11, 2016 02:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Cindy... this is not a problem unique to your area... even here in Charlotte we see this parking issue at this time of year. I realized a long time ago it's not worth stressing over.

Dec 11, 2016 05:32 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Our local mall had a fire alarm evacuation yesterday (a 4 year old boy pulled it!)

I understand it was like a bad movie in the parking lot with everyone attempting to leave at once and no one with the Christmas Spirit.  I hear there were fist fights, fender benders, lots of sign language and absolutely nothing that children should have been a part of.  The traffic jams were legendary.  I'm so glad I decided to stay home!

Dec 11, 2016 09:24 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Parking lots near shopping this time of year can try our patience.  Like you, I'm not worried about parking way out there.  I could use the exercise.

Dec 11, 2016 11:13 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I prefer parking at the far end and walking - unless it's pouring down rain! Parking is easier and you're less likely to come back to a dent. And... I like to walk - that's what my legs and feet are for.

Dec 11, 2016 06:02 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I drove down Hwy 101 today. All the exits to a shopping mall from Santa Rosa through San Jose, long lines to just get off the freeway. I can imagine the actual parking lots being jammed. What fun! I guess if you have kids it's all great fun to see the decorations and hoopla. This grandma? I'm shopping online and have the presents delivered. That way when I fly to Hawaii next week, I don't have to schlep them through all the security or cram them into overhead bins.

Dec 11, 2016 08:14 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Cindy, it's so funny because that particular scene is EXACTLY what comes to mind when I think of people going "cray cray" over parking. However, I was proud of her moment where she didn't give away her power!!

Dec 12, 2016 04:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi  Cindy -- and now I'm thinking of another Kathy Bates memory from Misery.   Thanks for the laugh.  

Dec 18, 2016 09:15 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Love that scene.. Same here. People spend time driving around for that perfect spot. I don't mind parking and waking. Why worry about getting close to the door if your not disabled or have small kids. 

Jan 05, 2017 01:07 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Just dropping by to say HI and wondering if you'll be posting some more news from your area.

May 09, 2017 08:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I work in the downtown area. It's always competitive but never a problem. All vehicles have to move every 2 hours so there is usually a spot with-in a block waiting.

Nov 14, 2021 07:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and we will soon see your current posts.

Have an outstanding August.

Aug 14, 2023 11:39 AM