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NOVEMBER 2023: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN BLOOR WEST VILLAGE!
Over the past few weeks, we have seen the streets of Bloor West Village transform into a mosaic of fall colours, as trees and leaves turned from green to warm shades of orange, yellow, and red. As we approach the colder temperatures, shades of chestnut and beige are now taking over, announcing the beginning of Holiday season in the village. Now, what does the Holiday season entail?
While Holidays might have a different significance for each person, ultimately the season is that of happiness, cheer, togetherness, and celebration! So, what better way to kick off the Holiday season than with some good news and celebration? That’s right! In late October, Bloor West Village clinched a spot on the list of Toronto’s ‘Top 3 Neighbourhoods to Live In’! Described as the “perfect alchemy between lively and quiet“, the article highlighted our unique boutique shops, popular restaurants, community events (Check out the recap of our Halloween event!), amongst other factors – everything contributing to the village’s charm. And we couldn’t agree more!
So if you were putting off your random visit to the village, now you have the more reason to come by! Maybe get started on your Holiday shopping too while you’re here! 👀😉
Well, we’re here to make the planning of your trip to the village easier! Here’s a list what to do this November in the village to kick off the Holiday season:
1. Holiday/Gift Shopping, duh!
Did someone say “Holiday Shopping”? Yes. Let’s lay out a nightmarish scenario, shall we? It’s December 22nd, and you’re scrambling to complete that gift checklist for the whole family. Malls are overcrowded, online purchases will not arrive on time. You’ve only bought two out of the fourteen gifts on your list. Oufff!
Well, November is THE month to get a head start on your holiday gift shopping to avoid just that! Skip the long lines and huge crowds, and get on top of that Holiday season stress by hitting the stores this month! And we’ve got just the spot for you – Bloor West Village! With an array of unique boutique shops, Bloor West Village is your one-stop shopping mecca with gift options for all of your guests, and for you too!
Need some inspiration for your gift checklist? Be on the lookout for our gift guide!
Christmas shopping just got way easier! 🎄
2. Winter Shopping
Yes, shopping again. But this is not the same type of shopping as Holiday shopping, you know? This is more of a necessity-type of shopping. As colder(er) temperatures settle in, it’s important to be well equipped for the weather. We’ve all been in that position where we thought those Doc Martens would be enough, only to slip and fall the moment we stepped outside the house. Before snow season hits, get your winter/snow boots, jackets, gloves, thermals – all the essentials you need to face the cold and unapologetic Canadian winter! From snuggly and comfy winter jackets, to your next best pair of snow boots, to warm scarves – the village has several stores to cater to your preferences for this coming winter. ❄️
3. Black Friday Shopping
You know it! Shopping again! Okay, look – we’re right in the pre-Holiday madness period, and you KNOW it’s 99.2% shopping! Fine, it’s not a real statistic but you get the vibe. But let’s focus on this madness right here – BLACK FRIDAY! On November 24, get ready for some crazy good deals at your favourite stores. If the sudden change in decorations from pumpkins to Christmas stockings and trees didn’t give the hint that Christmas shopping season is here, then Black Friday sure marks the start of that season – officially.
Do you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Jokes on you, it’s actually the sound of the money leaving your bank account – oopsies! But tis’ the season! And Black Friday is here to help! Christmas shopping completed within the planned budget? Who would’ve thought? Snatch yourself that fancy coat you’ve been eyeing since October, while you’re at it! *Cue Oprah meme: YOU GET ONE, YOU GET ONE, YOU GET ONE, EVERYONE GETS ONE!*
Make sure to check out your favourite shops in the village, as well as their websites and/or socials, so you don’t miss on any special deals they’re offering! Happy Shopping! 🛍️
4. Santa in the Village!
While Holidays are mostly about shopping, they’re also a reminder and an occasion to spread joy with our loved ones and all those around us. If you’re looking for a fun family and friends event to kick off the Holiday season – we’ve got THE event for you! Our Santa in the Village event, featured in To Do Toronto’s Best Events Happening in Toronto this November, is back!
On November 25, from 10AM to 4PM, join us in the village at the Green P Parking lot between Willard Ave & Armadale Ave for some fun to celebrate the season’s magic. Get ready for a festive outdoor holiday marketplace, live entertainment, and more! Come in your best Holiday outfit for your complimentary photo with Santa (Furry friends welcome!). Don’t forget to check out Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by Sidorova Inwood Realty, featuring Gingerbread Cookie Decorating and planting of mini-Christmas Trees to take home and enjoy. And while you’re here, stroll the shops along Bloor West Village who welcome you with ideas to help you find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
For more details, check out our Instagram page!
5. Foodies Unite!
Hearty soups, seasonal veggies, spiced mulled wines – menus are changing and taking a festive turn. As we approach end of year festivities (Yes, it sounds weird, but we’re less than six weeks away from Christmas!), restaurants will soon start to be jam-packed. Company holiday lunches and dinners, friends reunions, family traditions, and more – Bloor West Village has a selection of popular restaurants that you can choose from for a nice festive meal. Make sure to make your reservations ahead of time as spots are getting fully booked! 🥘
6. Get Your Beauty Fixes!
Holiday nails, haircuts, beard trims – we all need to get our beauty fixes before going to those end of year parties! Get yours done before salons get fully booked out! Bloor West Village offers multiple spots offering wellness services – from nail salons, to barber shops, hair salons, spas, and many more. Stressing out on your hairstyle for that company dinner? Thinking of getting your nails done in case he pops the question at the Christmas market? Get your beauty fix ahead of time and look perfect for your Hallmark moments this season! 💅🏽
7. Take a Coffee Break!
With the hustle and bustle of work, festivities, and end of year madness, it is easy to overlook the fatigue our body is feeling. Take a moment to slow down, take a pause, and enjoy a nice cup of your favourite beverage in one of our many coffee shops in the village. Whether you’re reading a book, or catching up with your friends, engaging in an impromptu conversation with the barista or the stranger next to you, or just enjoying the moment as you sip on beverage, experience the warmth that our Bloor West Village coffee shops offer this season. ☕️
8. Enjoy the Beauty of Bloor West Village!
While you’re here, take a stroll and make the most of the beautiful Bloor West Village. Maybe the warm festive aromas of fresh baked pastries will hit you with nostalgia. Perhaps the changing colours of the beautiful nature that surrounds us appeal to your creative mind! Or, maybe the chatter and cheer of the people around you, and the faint festive music from our stores in the background will bring you joy. All of these factors contribute to the charm of Bloor West Village, and we invite you to experience it all! ✨
Pumpkins and spider webs are being replaced by wreaths and Christmas trees, as holiday decorations are put up. Mariah Carey and Micheal Bubblé are defrosting. Aromas of warm spices are in the air. Bloor West Village is in full Holiday festivities mode, and you’re welcome to experience it all! Check off your holiday checklist, grab a delicious bite of a fresh pastry, enjoy a nice and festive family activity, and welcome the Holiday season, all in one place. Get your Hallmark moment as you experience the warmth of our small village in a big city! 🌟
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