For many, shopping for the perfect gifts is a quintessential part of the holiday season. If you’re a fan of holiday shopping, you’ll enjoy the festive sights and sounds of Mississauga’s best shopping areas. If you’re just checking items off a list, you’ll appreciate the amenities to help make your shopping errands more convenient. Either way Mississauga has the perfect place for you to find everything on your list.
Turn up the Festive Fun when Shopping in Mississauga
Sometimes, the best part of the lead-up to the holidays is soaking in the atmosphere while you shop, from the beautifully curated decorations to the fun holiday soundtrack playing in the background. Whether you’re looking to head to a mall for one-stop shopping, or spend a leisurely afternoon out visiting a variety of small shops, you’re sure to find everything you’re looking for in Mississauga.
Both Erin Mills Town Centre and Square One Shopping Centre have decked their halls for the holidays, featuring stunning Christmas trees and lights. Make sure to visit their centre courts where you can visit Santa, mail your wish list and enjoy the centerpieces of their festive décor. Both malls are accepting donations for Toys For Tots, so don’t forget to bring your donations of new, unwrapped toys.
Once you’re finished your shopping and you’re ready to drop, make the most of your outing by visiting some of the popular eateries in and around the malls. Both have extensive quick service food courts, as well as dine-in options. At Square One, you can relax with a delicious meal at Earls Kitchen & Bar, Moxie’s, and Scaddabush, to name a few. At Erin Mills, Turtle Jack’s is a popular sit-down spot.
One of the most popular times of the year to shop in Mississauga is, you guessed it, Black Friday! Many retailers will be offering their best promotions of the year this Friday, so why not take advantage while also soaking in the seasonal delights on offer?
If you’re looking for a deal but don’t want to tackle the Black Friday crowds, make sure to visit Heartland Town Centre or the Dixie Outlet Mall. These are some of Mississauga’s most popular shopping options for both discounted items and unique options that aren’t always available online. Visit Dixie between November 23 – December 5 and you can partake in a wreath-making workshop to help you bring a bit of holiday spirit home with you. The $10 fee includes all supplies. The mall will also be hosting its own Santa Claus Parade on November 27.
Shopping is a Snap with Convenient Services
When shopping at Square One, treat yourself to the convenience of valet parking so you can focus on finding the perfect gift instead of finding the perfect parking spot.
Beyond parking, Mississauga malls are taking extra stops to make your shopping experience convenient and safe. Take advantage of Square One’s Save Your Spot service, which lets you join a virtual line and get a text when it’s your time to shop. If you’re looking for more ways to shop, some stores also offer virtual appointments so you can shop via phone or video call. Curbside pickup is also available for many stores at both Square One and Erin Mills Town Centre. Once you’ve finished your shopping, Erin Mills also offers gift wrapping services to give your presents a bit of professional polish, with all proceeds being donated to the Riverwood Conservancy.
If you’re stuck for gift ideas, Mississauga’s shopping centres offer mall-wide gift cards to be used in any of their shops, so you can join your family or friends on another shopping adventure after the holiday season.
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In addition to world-class malls, Mississauga is also known for its charming village shops in Streetsville, Port Credit and Clarkson. You’ll love visiting the locally owned businesses mixed in between restaurants and cafes, with the spectacular decorations making the streets look like they’re right out of a holiday movie. When you shop small, you’ll find a unique variety of gifts, including handmade items from local artisans and other Canadian-made goods.
There are also several holiday markets this season, showcasing some of our finest local artisans, vendors and local producers offering everything from hand-crafted gifts to baked goods, and truly one-of-a-kind seasonal treasures.
- Run The World Holiday Market runs November 26 to December 12 @ Square One Shopping Centre
- Artisan Hub Holiday Market runs every weekend in December @ Erin Mills Town Centre
- Festival of Trees Artisan Market runs December 10 to 12 @ Small Arms Inspection Building
- Festival of Trees Culinary Market runs December 17 to 18 @ Small Arms Inspection Building
Plan to make a day of visiting Mississauga’s small shops so you have lots of time to stop for lunch and enjoy some holiday sightseeing! From Snug Harbour’s famous seafood offerings in Port Credit, to The Tea Room’s elegant teatime in Streetsville, you’re sure to find something to satisfy all of your post-shopping cravings.
There are also many festive activities throughout all of Mississauga’s popular shopping areas so your shopping trip may just become one of your favourite outings of the season.
To help plan your trip, be sure to visit #MississaugaMade to find out about Mississauga’s many local shops. Or if you are looking to stay for a weekend of retail therapy & shopping splurges be sure to take advantage of a promotion called It Pays To Stay. Book a 2 nights stay at a local participating hotel and receive a $100 VISA gift card to use towards your present purchases.