The Best of Holiday Shopping in Toronto

Skip the online shopping, bundle up and grab yourself an eggnog latte. It's time to hit the shops and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

The Hudson Bay festive Holiday windows
Hudson Bay Windows

Window Displays Worthy of Santa Himself

As far as holiday displays go, you can’t beat the windows at the Hudson’s Bay store. In particular, the flagship Hudson’s Bay at Yonge and Queen goes all out every year with their Christmas-themed tableaux. From a jovial Santa Claus and industrious elves to giant snow globes, mechanical nutcrackers and animated polar bears, the window displays never cease to amaze onlookers each holiday season.

Inside, even more magic awaits. Eight levels of designer shoes, beauty products, fragrance, men’s wear, accessories and home décor (including fabulous Christmas decorations) make it an ideal destination for one-stop shopping. Other boutiques within the Hudson’s Bay store include Topshop for the latest fun styles and Kleinfeld for bridal wear. Saks legendary fashion includes European collections and influential designers not widely available anywhere else.

The fifty-foot tall Christmas Tree at the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The Eaton Centre

Magic and Merriment at the Mall

You haven’t truly experienced the spectacle of holiday time at a mall until you’ve been to the Toronto Eaton Centre. Starting in November, Toronto’s most iconic mall becomes Holiday Shopping Central, complete with a dazzling lights, spectacular decorations and an artful 50-foot Christmas tree. The Nordstrom that opened in fall 2016 will add big style to your holiday shopping. After you’re done, make your way to nearby Nathan Phillips Square for free outdoor skating.

For exceptional shopping just beyond the downtown core head to Yorkdale where a fabulous 30-foot digital tree designed by Coach adorns its East wing. Or try the refurbished Square One in Mississauga, Premium Outlets in Halton Hills or Vaughan Mills. Get your fill of the spirit of the season – and fill up some more shopping bags while you’re at it.

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Visiting the Toronto Christmas Market
One of a Kind Holiday Market

The One of a Kind Winter Show

Looking for a special gift that you won’t find anywhere else? The One of a Kind Winter Show is the largest consumer craft show in North America. Appealing to those in search of the unique and the fantastic, this ten-day long event brings together over 800 artisans, craftspeople and designers to display their wares. There’s no mass-market merchandise here – only quality, lovingly crafted goods. Browse handmade ceramics, textiles, baked goods, Christmas ornaments and jewellery to find perfect and exclusive gifts for all your loved ones.

For hours, tickets, and ticket packages visit The One of a Kind Show website.

Visiting the Toronto Christmas Market
Toronto Christmas Market

Festive Cheer at The Toronto Christmas Market

Now an established tradition in Toronto, the Toronto Christmas Market is the epicentre for festive cheer. Starting in November and running the month of December, the Victorian-era Distillery District is transformed into a traditional outdoor European Christkindlmarkt. with carollers, charming craft and gift booths, rides and plenty of hot food and drinks that create a warming Old World atmosphere like no other.

Admission is free from Tuesdays to Fridays and costs $8 for advance purchase and $12 day of purchase on weekends and Fridays starting at 6pm. The Market is closed on Mondays. All on-site tickets sales are cashless and must be purchased by credit or debit card. Visit the Toronto Christmas Market website for the latest information.

After you’ve admired the 45-foot Christmas tree and had your fill of mulled wine and hot chocolate, wander around the numerous indoor shops and galleries for holiday gift inspiration. Bergo and GOTSTYLE are all stylish places to find gifts.

Holiday Shopping in Yorkville

Lights, Lattes and Luxury in Bloor-Yorkville

The most exclusive shopping district in Toronto is the place to go for high-end holiday shopping. Known as The Mink Mile the always-sparkly district gets even sparklier leading up to the holidays as lights are strung in trees along the sidewalks and store-fronts are decorated with festive displays. The carols playing in the background at Holt Renfrew may be enough to draw you inside, where you will discover floor after floor of high-end fashion and accessories.

A visit to Yorkville Village, a recently refurbished luxury mall features high-end boutiques, such as TNT, Belstaff and Jacadi and exclusive labels from top Canadian and global fashion designers such as Kenzo, Yeezy, Victoria Beckham and Smythe.

Pause in Yorkville Village Park to enjoy the view of the quaint neighbourhood then continue your shopping at the many chic boutiques and designer stores lining Bloor Street West, Yorkville Avenue and Cumberland Avenue.

Holiday Window Shopping in Queen West
Queen West

Fashionable Finds on Queen West

For a hip holiday shopping option, head to Queen West. This vibrant neighbourhood hums with culture and creativity. With a mix of indie boutiques, familiar brands and top menswear, this area will enable you to tick lots off your list. With the vintage selection, rummaging through clothing racks to unearth those one-of-a-kind finds is the name of the game here. Hunt for goodies at shops like like I Miss You Vintage and House of Vintage. Then take a break in one of the neighbourhood’s funky cafés or take a stroll through lovely Trinity Bellwoods Park, a destination in itself.

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