Boxing Day takes place the day after Christmas on December 26th each year. It is usually marked by a day or up to a week full of sales and discounts.
The shopping frenzy will be more subdued in 2020 because of COVID-19. Die-hard shoppers, however, will still no doubt be out in numbers.
STAY CLOSE TO HOME!
This year during the Boxing Day shopping season, keep close to home, don’t travel and don’t go out if you’re feeling under the weather. If you do go out, wear a mask, stay 2 metres from other people, shop only with folk from within your permissible “bubble”, and avoid crowded places. Also, buy local and support community-based businesses as much as you can. Small local retailers need your support!
Boxing Day Week in Vancouver
Boxing Day is not a statutory holiday in British Columbia. It is, however, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Some businesses take the day off, although not most retailers. Stores and malls across Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland offer special discounts and shopping incentives.
While Boxing Day occurs every year on December 26th – the day after Christmas – the deals usually run for up to a week before the actual date as well as for the week after.
In 2020 Boxing Day takes place on the fourth Saturday in December.
Boxing Week in 2020
Shopping for Boxing Day deals will look a bit different in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It will likely look similar to Black Friday of this past year when many stores spread their discounts out over the course of a week or so. This was done in order to limit the number of customers rushing in for the sales at any given time.
Many deals and discounts will likely be offered online this year as well. When doing your shopping, whether online or in person, make sure to support small local businesses as well. Giant mega-retailers have done well this year while community-based retailers have been struggling.
If you do decide to shop in person this year, make sure to wear a mask, sanitize your hands often and stay at least 6 feet away from other shoppers. We also recommend avoiding peak hours, like first thing on the Saturday morning of December 26th.
Numerous retailers and shopping centres around Vancouver offer special Boxing Day deals. Below are some of the many locations that usually offer Boxing Day and Boxing Week sales.
- Central City Mall – a mall in the centre of Surrey close to Holland Park.
- Granville Island – while not especially known for its Boxing Day deals, it is one of the Lower Mainland’s best and most interesting places for shopping, and a great place to find locally-owned businesses to shop at. (Note” Granville Island shops are closed on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st.)
- Granville Street – a shopping street in downtown Vancouver also known for its nightlife and entertainment.
- Guildford Town Centre – Surrey’s largest shopping mall and one of the larger malls in the Lower Mainland.
- Lonsdale Quay – a small to medium-sized but unique shopping venue in North Vancouver close to the SeaBus, It’s another exceptional place to find small, local businesses.
- McArthur Glen Outlet Mall – a designer outlet mall with a collection of high-end brand-name stores close to the Vancouver airport.
- Metropolis at Metrotown – located in Burnaby, it is Vancouver’s largest mall with over 400 shops and restaurants.
- Pacific Centre – downtown Vancouver’s main shopping mall.
- Park Royal Mall – a large and recently-updated mall located in West Vancouver close to the Lions Gate Bridge.
- Robson Street – one of downtown Vancouver’s best shopping streets.
- Tsawwassen Mills – a large outlet mall in Delta close to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Best Places for Shopping
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver’s December and January Calendars
- Free December Events
- Shopping Opportunities on Granville Island