December 9, 2019 (Toronto)— Among the top shopping destinations in North America,
Square One prepares to transform into the Holiday District for another year of festive
programming, shopping, dining, promotions and events. Square One’s holiday hub includes
seasonal cooking classes at The District Kitchen, photo opportunities in Santa’s Enchanted
Forest, locally crafted gifts and DIY workshops at the Merry & Bright Holiday Market, as well as
a comprehensive digital program, designed to make the shopping process effortless for guests.
Here is more information on everything you need for an effortless holiday experience:
THE (HOLIDAY) FOOD DISTRICT
Indulge in Eats, Treats and Holiday Activities at The Food District
The Food District, a newly opened 40,000 square foot food market with 27 unique local,
artisanal vendors, offers an assortment of decadent foods, sweets, florals and more for gifting. It
is also a great venue to meet, explore and share the love of food this holiday season. Live
performances from a cappella group the Carol Brunettes Caroling Quartet, and Violinist G Pinto,
will take place in The Food District on select dates and times.
For details, visit: https://shopfooddistrict.com/district-events/ and for specific merchant hours
Family Fun at The District Kitchen
The District Kitchen within The Food District will feature festive programming throughout
November and December, inviting guests to participate in everything from centrepiece-making
to gingerbread house-making classes. Holiday-themed classes include but are not limited to:
- Wanderlust: Around the World for the Holidays (December 1st)
o Arvinda’s famous co-creator and Chef Extraordinaire Preena Chauhan will share
holiday recipes for cocktail parties or get togethers in this interactive cooking
- Centrepiece-Making and High Tea with Blossom Moments (December 8th)
o Blossom Moments will guide guests through the creation of a centrepiece
perfectly accented with a candle and designed to last all season long.
- 12 Days of Baking
o The District Kitchen will be launching their new program, the 12 Days of Baking, a multi-date baking series taking place on select dates from December 5 – December 23. Classes cover topics ranging from baking cookies to cakes to gingerbread houses and gluten-free options. Please visit shopFOODDISTRICT.com/classes to sign up for classes.
- Breakfast with Santa
o The District Kitchen will host Santa for breakfast on December 8, from 9 AM – 10
- Children under the age of 8 are invited to spend time with Santa, take a
photo and enjoy hot chocolate and pancakes by Fuwa Fuwa. Spaces are limited
and on a first come, first serve basis, please visit
shopFOODDISTRICT.com/classes to register.
- Shop The Food District
o From November 29 to December 24, guests can visit the Shop the Food District
concept located in The Food District. Purchase a gift card to use on local,
handmade and high-quality offerings from vendors in The Food District and build
a customized gift box. Complimentary gift-wrapping is available with a minimum
purchase of $25. Please visit, shopfooddistrict.com/district-events for more
THE SANTA DISTRICT
Make Memories at Santa’s Enchanted Forest
Guests are invited to visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest, located on Level 1 near The Food District,
from now until December 24. Guests are encouraged to experience the magical woodland
featuring towering trees, glistening pops of gold and silver and Santa’s helpers, sharply-dressed
as nutcrackers while they create unforgettable holiday memories.
*December 24 visits are on an appointment basis. Book here: shopsquareone.com/santa-2019.
Pet Night with Santa
Santa will host your p-awesome pals* for a special pet night on November 17, 18, 24 & 25 and
December 1, 2, 8 & 9 between 7:30 PM and 9 PM this holiday season.
*Pets with paws only. Appointments must be booked in advance.
THE SHOPPING DISTRICT: Shop ‘til you Drop
Merry & Bright Holiday Market
Guests can visit the Merry & Bright Holiday Market located on Level 2 (beside Uniqlo) from
November 29 to December 24 to find locally crafted gifts or participate in workshops hosted by
Embiria, Muse Studio & Market and more. Guests who share their Merry & Bright Holiday
Market experience on social media using the hashtag #thatONEmoment will be entered for a
chance to win exciting prizes!
- Gift Wrapping *All proceeds will go to Epilepsy South Central Ontario programs.
- Complimentary Coat & Parcel Check
Elevate your shopping experience using Square One’s Search.Find.ShopNOW online service
to search and view products available at participating stores at Square One. A true omnichannel
experience, shoppers can search specific products and brands across multiple
retailers, call stores for product information and shop in-store or on-line. Visit
products.shopSQUAREONE.com to try this exclusive tool for an enhanced shopping
EXTENDED HOURS + NAVIGATING THE DISTRICT
Extended Holiday Hours
To allow guests extended hours to enjoy holiday shopping, starting November 30 until January
1, Square One will be open Monday to Saturday 9 AM until 10 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM.
The shopping centre will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 8 AM to 6 PM and
closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Square One will re-open its doors extra early at 8 AM
for Boxing Day, December 26, welcoming visitors to enjoy special promotions until 9 PM that
evening. Regular shopping hours will resume on January 2, 2020. For more details on holiday
hours, visit shopSQUAREONE.com/hours
Interactive Parking Map for a Stress-Free Experience
An inherent advantage, Square One offers 10 access points in and out of the shopping centre
grounds. Launched in 2016, the interactive parking map is the first and only of its kind in
Canada, and provides an overview of the best places to park and advises of on-site detours.
Guests simply access the map from the convenience from their mobile device, choose a
preferred lot, and the most direct path to their destination is presented, avoiding congestion, for
smooth arrival. Plan the best route by visiting shopSQUAREONE.com/parking
Valet Your Way to Holiday Experiences
For a more convenient shopping experience, guests of Square One can enjoy valet parking
located at entrance 3 or 7 or Holt Renfrew via P4. Guests can further enjoy the experience with
Square One’s climate controlled “lots” of luxury underground parking, located in P4.
For further details visit https://shopsquareone.com/services/valet.
Apple Maps and Google Business View
Accurate wayfinding through Apple Maps makes navigating one of Ontario’s largest shopping
centres effortless: the system follows the user’s location inside the shopping centre, where
standard GPS systems are not able to trace. With a complete and categorized directory of
Square One’s more than 320 brand name stores and Yelp integration, users are able to
“browse” the shopping centre with ease. For tourists and locals looking to plan their route and
visualize their journey in advance of the visit, Google Business View feature will guide users
through the shopping centre with a panoramic virtual tour.
About Square One Shopping Centre
Proudly managed by Oxford Properties, Square One is distinctively positioned as Canada’s
cosmopolitan destination for the fashion, entertainment and epicurean enthusiast, with over 330
merchants, including Holt Renfrew, Tiffany, Reds, Babaton, Simons, Apple, COS, Whole Foods,
Crate and Barrel, and Links of London. Square One is owned by Alberta Investment
Management Corporation (AIMCo), on behalf of its clients, and Oxford Properties Group.
Recognized for its dedication to present innovative, fashion-forward experiences, unexpected
campaigns and social media collaborations. Square One is one of Canada’s Top Ten most
productive shopping centres, and in 2017, became only the second shopping centre in Canada
to achieve $1 billion in annual retail sales. For more information, please visit
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Facebook.com/SQUAREONE & Facebook.com/ShopFOODDISTRICT.