#SQ1HOLIDAYDISTRICT: Eat, Shop and be Merry at Square One’s Dedicated Holiday District


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:



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

visit shopFOODDISTRICT.com/merchants.

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

  1. 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




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.




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!

Available Services:

  • 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 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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