Boxing Day in Vancouver

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Ready, set, SHOP!

December 26th is Boxing Day, a holiday in Canada and the day after Christmas, when everything imaginable goes on sale, making it the most notorious shopping day of the year.

Expectant Boxing Day shoppers have been known to form lines early in the morning or late into the night (even though most sales will continue through the week), so wherever you go, be prepared for the crowds.

Boxing Day Shopping

Boxing Day's biggest deals will be found at the larger, name-brand stores, making it a good day to shop for electronics, appliances, furniture, designer clothes and accessories, and toys.

For downtown Vancouver shopping, both Robson Street and Pacific Centre Mall will be packed with deals--and other shoppers. Luxury retailer Holt Renfrew is a great place to shop for designer apparel: it's always pricey, but sales there lead to fabulous finds!

For mall shopping, you can't beat the behemoth Metropolis at Metrotown. With 450 stores, Metrotown is BC's largest mall, and it has its own SkyTrain stop for getting there car-free.

Want more choices? Check out the Top 10 Places to Shop in Vancouver.

What is Boxing Day, anyway?

Boxing Day isn't just a public holiday in Canada; it's a holiday in most Commonwealth countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Originating in England during the Middle Ages, Boxing Day was named after a tradition wherein employers gave boxes of money (or presents) to their servants and employees on the day after Christmas.

For more on Winter Holiday Events, see the Vancouver Christmas & Winter Holiday Guide.