No matter where you are on the love-it-hate-it scale with Christmas shopping, you can’t deny that shopping malls are part and parcel of the festive season. Going to the mall at Christmas-time isn’t just about gift shopping – it’s almost like a ritual. Besides, are you really getting festive if you don’t add a snap of the mall decorations to your IG story? And while malls can be hectic and stressful places during the best of times, never underestimate the power of a determined shopper.
Here are 6 tips to make Christmas shopping at Yorkdale not only bearable, but fun — consider it another fun holiday tradition to add to the list!
There are few things more soul-sucking than creeping around the parking lot on a busy day, hoping for that one empty spot. Save yourself precious time and forgo the hair-pulling — and you don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds, either! For just a $15 fee, you can have someone else park your car for you! Plus, if you notify them 10 minutes in advance, they can even have your car waiting for you when you’re ready to leave. You also get access to the Valet Lounge, an exclusive, elegant space designed to make the shopping experience that much more relaxing.
A car can’t run on an empty tank and neither should you. Yorkdale has no shortage of places to get your caffeine fix — no fewer than three Starbucks and a Second Cup. If you’re into bubble tea, Chatime Innovation Bar has some unique drink features, or TenRen’s has got you set! A cafe is also an excellent spot to sit down and write out a list of who you really need to buy for so when you’re shopping, you can really get down to business.
If you’re from out of town (or with someone who is!), you’re in luck. Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Tourist Privileges Pass offers some pretty sweet deals from stores all over the mall, like 10 percent off your purchase of $50 or more at Muji, $50 off a $250 purchase at Links of London, 10 percent off at Allsaints, a free dessert with any entree at Moxie’s—the list goes on!
Gift shopping is serious business and you don’t want to overheat—if you’re carrying a million bags, chances are you’re not going to want to lug around your winter layers (this is Canada, after all). Check your coat for free with Yorkdale’s concierge and shop ’til you drop – unencumbered by your scarf, parka, and other stay-warm paraphernalia.
Make your shopping trip a full outing. For a shopping mall, Yorkdale’s got plenty in the way of food and entertainment with staples like Moxie’s, Jamie’s Italian, and Joey’s. And you can’t forget The Cheesecake Factory, the only spot for the infamous American chain in Canada which features large portions and an even bigger menu. If you’re in the mood for a vegan feast, make sure you stop by Canada’s first by CHLOE.
Some things are best left to the pros – fixing your car, doing your eyebrows, and if you’re not the arts-and-crafts type, wrapping presents. Whether you’re in a rush or just if gift-wrapping has never been your forte (if you’ve ever fought a losing battle with wrapping paper and scotch tape, this one’s for you!), Yorkdale’s Holiday Concierge has got you covered. Choose from over 10 different wrapping papers and leave the mall all wrapped and ready for the holidays!
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