There is only one perfect, sure fire way of actually enjoying the holiday shopping season, and that is shopping at Yorkdale. I did not grow up in Toronto and my history with the destination only spans a few years but you only need one visit to know that this is the ULTIMATE shopping destination in the entire country (sorry Calgary!). The flood of natural light and floor to ceiling store facades give it an outdoor shopping feel and the quality of retailers puts it above everyone else. I mean, with Tiffany & Co., Versace, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier, Nordstrom & Holt Renfrew it’s basically Canada’s answer to Rodeo Drive. You can also find ample of your favourite shops like Zara (!), H&M, Topshop, Club Monaco, All Saints, Kate Spade & J. Crew PLUS the only Zara Home in Canada and a variety of amazing restaurants or even quick eats. This is a place that has the shopping experience figured out to a T and for the holidays they are taking it to the next level. Join us on one of my favourite shopping adventures of the year as I take you through all the amazing services Yorkdale offers during the Holiday season. There is little else that makes my dreams come to life than getting to spend a day at the mall, dressing up in beautiful clothes and walking around taking pictures (and NOT getting in trouble). And who can forget that Yorkdale is home to Fashion Santa, visit the studly and stylish Saint Nick in the new expansion wing on Saturdays leading up to Christmas and Friday, 23rd from 12-6pm. Yorkdale will be donating $1 to SickKids Foundation for every photo taken (use #FashionSanta2016 to share yours!).
Yorkdale is already known for their outstanding Valet service, located fittingly next door to Holt Renfrew, the drop off and pick up area is under a roof, protecting you from most elements so you get to stay dry from door to door. One of my favourite parts about the Valet experience is the Avion mobile app where you can set a time estimate of when you will be leaving and by the time you get to the pick up area the car is already waiting for you! No time wasted makes this my kind of place! During the holidays the Valet Service is completely complimentary, to Visa Avion members so make sure to present your card as proof at departure. A small price to pay.
EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
It’s become expected that our favourite shops are open longer at this time of year and Yorkdale is no exception, you can shop your hearts desires until 9:30pm from Mon-Sat and until 8pm on Sundays. If I could have it my way it would be a 24/7 type of situation but alas, one can not have everything. For a full list of holiday hours CLICK HERE.
AVION HOLIDAY VIP LOUNGE
This is the one that will make you question why you’d ever shop anywhere else. The Avion Holiday Boutique is open to all shoppers, however, those that have their Avion cards do receive amazing perks. Drop by for a complimentary drink (hot chocolate with whipped cream IS on the menu), complimentary gift wrapping, coat + parcel check and a wi-fi accessible VIP lounge where after putting on some serious miles around the mall, you can also give your feet a necessary break. Gift wrapping and Coat check are available for non-members for a pre-set charitable donation, so no matter how you look at it you win. For more details and how to get your Visa Avion card CLICK HERE.
YORKDALE STYLE CONCIERGE
My favourite part of shopping at Yorkdale was hands down the new Style Concierge service. It was my first time in the brand new space. As part of the recent expansion this is basically your safe space. Just think how seamless shopping would be if you had a room to drop off all your bags and then an opportunity to try everything on AND get some valuable second (or first) opinions from professional stylists. You can put your looks together and make all the necessary returns before even leaving the mall! You can chose to get a personal stylist consultation and shopping session with one of Yorkdale’s amazing in-house stylists (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to book) or work with a stylist of your choosing where he/she can book the room for a $25/2 hour interval fee. I had the pleasure of spending my day with Aram (@arameginliyan), who made our styling experience for this shoot so incredibly stress free I wanted to pack him in my suitcase and bring him back home. This would be the perfect space to have a girls night, get ready for a all your holiday parties or just update your season’s wardrobe. Learn all about the Style Concierge Service HERE.
HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!!!