Whether you want to admit it or not, Christmas is almost here. And that means there isn’t a whole lot of time left for holiday shopping.
Halton is a prime location when it comes to shopping, however, everyone always has someone on their list that is super hard to shop for. This year, if Halton just isn’t cutting for you, you may have to step outside of the region to finish up your shopping.
Luckily, your options are endless.
Here are the top five places for last minute Christmas shopping outside of Halton.
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is a monster outlet mall that first opened in November of 1998 and has only continued to expand. This 1.3-million-square-foot outlet mall has 185 stores and food locations such as Forever 21, Burlington, Rainforest Café, and H&M. Inside, shoppers will also find a massive food court, as well as a 25-screen, state-of-the-art theatre megaplex.
So, although it is quite a bit outside the region, a trip to Great Lakes Crossings Outlets is definitely worth if you need to do some last minute holiday shopping. There is surely something for everyone!
Get your passports ready!
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is located at 4000 Baldwin Road.
For regular and holiday hours, visit the official Great Lakes Crossing Outlets website.
Dundas is a community nestled in the City of Hamilton and its downtown core is a sight to see. There is history, arts, culture, and over 100 incredible services, restaurants, and shops.
If you’re searching for that perfect last minute gift, downtown Dundas is worth checking out since the shops are so different than the average stores you’ll find at a mall. You’re almost guaranteed to find something that’s unique and something your loved one will enjoy for many years to come.
Some of the shops you’ll find while exploring downtown Dundas include Beanermunky Chocolate, Body Sense, The Village Bakery, and Lillian’s Style Shoppe.
Parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, visit the official downtown Dundas website.
The Toronto Designers Market is a place where young designers and entrepreneurs can sell their products to the public without having to invest money in their own space. The market does not take consignment from its vendors at all, meaning shoppers are not only sure to pick up some great gifts but they are also supporting local people.
This 3,000-square-foot storefront is located at 1605 Queen St. W. and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are over 30 designers who sell a range of products such as household items, clothing, jewellery, and furniture.
For more information, visit the official Toronto Designers Market website.
Photo is courtesy of the Toronto Designers Market website.
This nifty little village located in the Kitchener-Waterloo area dates back to the 1930s.
It was originally developed, along with Rockway Gardens, in the hopes to encourage employment during the Depression. But now, it is a thriving shopping area with one-of-a-kind stores such as Rumners Wobble, Cameron Flowers, a variety of restaurants, spas, and more.
If you’re almost done your holiday shopping, or if you haven’t even started (no judgement), Belmont Village is a place where you can get everything checked off your list.
For more information, visit the official Belmont Village website.
Another Toronto location!
While wondering through the Bloor-Yorkville BIA, shoppers have the opportunity to explore nearly 1,400 businesses. This shopping hotspot, according to the Bloor-Yorkville BIA website, was first founded to develop and implement streetscape beautification, as well as promotional programs. The hope of the BIA was also to increase business revenues and tourism in the area.
A few stores shoppers will find while at the Bloor-Yorkville BIA include 5 Hazelton Men, Anthropologie, Aritzia, Birks, Bitter Sweet, Candle Emporium, and David’s Footwear.
For more information, visit the official Bloor-Yorkville BIA website.
Happy holiday shopping everyone!