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Where to take a teen shopping for boxing day in Toronto

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Jun 13, 2015
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Where to take a teen shopping for boxing day in Toronto

Hey all,

I've got my son this year on boxing day and since he's mid teens the whole believing in Santa phase is over and I'm not going to bother putting a tree up since my cats would just tear it apart anyways Unamused Face

So with that being said I'm looking for ideas and suggestions on where I can take him to make this Christmas just as special and memorable for him.

I'll have him either late Christmas evening or early boxing day morning and planned on going to Toronto to the Eaton centre to go shopping but wondering if there's anywhere else to go as we'd be traveling via go train
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Sep 16, 2004
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Eaton Centre is a good idea.
There's Hudson Bay/saks 5th across Queen.
Nordstrom Rack at Yonge and Bloor.
Chik Fil a close by:)
Winners at Dundas square and College Park.
Marshall's across from College Park.
Lot's of stores along Yonge between Bloor and Queen.
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Nov 13, 2010
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Yeah downtown is good, lots of stores and plenty of good eats. However be ready for it to be very busy though for shopping
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Honestly, consider cross border shopping on Boxing Day. It's strange, many Canadians flock over for Black Friday so the border crossings and the malls are rammed there Thursday-Saturday, but the better deals are "after-Christmas" (they don't call it Boxing Day down there). I guess the Canadians are too tired out from the holidays to want to travel that day, but it's worth it if you do.

Hit up the usual suspects (Fashion Outlets, Walmart, Target, Walden Galleria) but also some places that don't get as many Canadian shoppers, like the big box shops near the Boulevard Mall (where you'll also find Trader Joe's and Whole Foods). Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a must for sell-offs/closeouts.
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Yorkdale Shopping Centre as well. You can hop on the subway and it'll take you right to the mall.
Though, late Christmas Day everything will be closed except restaurants and movie theaters.
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If driving and you're uptown i'd go to Vaughn outlet as it'll be cheaper (parking can be a PITA). Yorkdale is always so annoying to find a parking spot but if you go early won't be too bad.

If TTC'ing i'd just go Eatons Centre.
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Dec 11, 2008
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If you are downtown, Eatons Centre and/or take TTC then up to Yorkdale.

Otherwise, Vaughan Mills is better.

As long as finds it a day to enjoy and maybe do some shopping, it's all good.

I'd also do some research on maybe some cool places to eat? Toronto has lots of places that may impress him if he likes to eat.
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May 9, 2018
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True....boxing day is British historically used by old colonies even in Africa. Also, Watertown and Syracuse (Destiny, NY mall) are other good options.
EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Honestly, consider cross border shopping on Boxing Day. It's strange, many Canadians flock over for Black Friday so the border crossings and the malls are rammed there Thursday-Saturday, but the better deals are "after-Christmas" (they don't call it Boxing Day down there). I guess the Canadians are too tired out from the holidays to want to travel that day, but it's worth it if you do.

Hit up the usual suspects (Fashion Outlets, Walmart, Target, Walden Galleria) but also some places that don't get as many Canadian shoppers, like the big box shops near the Boulevard Mall (where you'll also find Trader Joe's and Whole Foods). Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a must for sell-offs/closeouts.
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Aug 29, 2011
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Be careful about entertaining a trip to Buffalo. Not sure how it works with divorced families but technically a letter from the non-travelling parent is needed allowing you to take your son across the border.
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My vote Vaughan Mills. He will love Bass Pro.
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I don't know how it is in Kingston, but in the GTA and Toronto. Everything is jam packed on boxing day. Be prepared to wait in lines with pretty much everything you do. I'd advise not come to Toronto on such a busy day. I'd pick another day. Stay home, play some xbox/ps4, go watch a movie (locally). Do online shopping, forget the malls.

As for things to do with your son, if you really must come. Maybe the Aquarium, or The Rec Room.
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Dec 18, 2007
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No where.

Do your shopping online and save yourself from the insanity!

But if you insist, Eaton Centre and Yorkdale. Vaughn Mills if you want to leave the city. All 3 are ttc-able at least.
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your journey just to enter and park at Yorkdale will take almost an hour..just give him the cash instead and save yourself the time and headache...no REAL deals anymore ..and if any, they are online these days
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If you want deals, I think you can find more options and savings shopping online. The market has changed so much. I remember I used to line up in the bitter cold to get a TV. Nowadays, I don't even bother.

I guess you are going more for the experience with your son. In that case, you can't go wrong going downtown. Lots of food options which in my opinion is the more attractive reason to go. If taking public transit though, then don't buy too much as you have to think about how to get it home. I don't imagine you want to carry a lot of stuff while walking in the Toronto winter.

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