Get Your Holiday Gift Shopping Done with GO!

Published date: November 29, 2022
Updated: January 9, 2023

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You want to get the best gifts for everyone. But you don’t have a car, or you just don’t want to deal with those overcrowded parking lots at all the Toronto shopping malls, so you’re wondering “Are there any good places for gift shopping near me?” 

Well, you don’t have to worry! Even if the place for the perfect present isn’t just around the corner, you can get there with GO Transit. With convenient access to major shopping outlets and seasonal holiday markets, as well as a variety of affordable fares so you can choose the one that’s right for your trip, you don’t need a car to GO gift shopping!

But if you’d rather not go out at all, you can still find a great gift for everyone on your list while you stay home and shop online at The Metrolinx Shop!

Best Places for In-Store Holiday Shopping

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There’s something special about shopping in-person around the holiday season. Whether you’re wandering through a big mall or strolling amid the stalls at a holiday market, you can’t help but get caught up in the sounds of carols and the smells of festive treats.

But before you brave the heavy traffic and packed parking lots, consider an easier way to get to your favourite holiday shopping destination! With unlimited GO travel, our convenient $10 One-Day Weekend Pass and $15 Weekend Pass make it simple to shop at more than one location. A GO Weekday Group Pass is perfect to use for a shopping outing with friends, or take advantage of PRESTO savings for youth, post-secondary students, and seniors. If you’re bringing little ones to see Santa, remember that kids aged 12 and under always ride free on GOSkip the stress of driving and just GO shopping! 

Holiday Fair In The Square at Nathan Phillips Square 

  • Features: An artisan marketplace, live performers, a holiday midway, skating, snacks, and photos with Santa! In the evening, stay and enjoy the twinkling lights. You can get your shopping done and have some holiday fun at this festive winter event!
  • Date: December 2 - 23, 2022
  • Closest GO Station: Union Station 
  • How to get to Fair In The Square by GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. Walk north up Bay St. to Queen St. W, or connect to the TTC. Plan your trip to Fair In The Square!

Christkindl Market Kitchener 

  • Features: A German-style Christmas market with handcrafted gifts, Yuletide carollers, ice skating, food, and a live Nativity Scene. You’ll feel like you’re shopping in Europe at this annual holiday event in Kitchener!
  • Date: December 1 - 4, 2022
  • Closest GO Station: Kitchener GO Station 
  • How to get to the Christkindl Market by GO: Take the Kitchener GO train line to Kitchener GO Station or use GO Bus Route 30 to Kitchener GO Bus. Then it’s just a short walk to the Kitchener City Hall. Be sure to check the schedule before you GO! Plan your trip to the Christkindl Market in Kitchener!

Queen West 

  • Features: This is the spot to get the perfect gift for that hip, trendy, fashion-forward person on your list and a great place to find and support local small businesses! To shop from lots of local artisan vendors in one place, visit The Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W for a Holiday Artisan Market on November 27 and December 18.
  • Closest GO Station: Union Station 
  • How to get to Queen West by GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station. It’s a 20-minute walk up University Ave and west along Queen St., or you can connect to the TTC. Plan your trip to Queen West!

Outlet Collection at Niagara 

  • Features: Over 100 outlet brands are available in one place so you can find fabulous designer gifts for your friends and family, without breaking your holiday budget! The seasonal Holiday Collection includes outdoor ice skating, s’mores by the fireside, a flannel backdrop for fun photos, and artisan gifts available at the Sorella Market.
  • Closest GO Station: Burlington GO or Niagara Falls GO Station 
  • How to get to Outlet Collection by GO: Take GO Bus Route 12 from Burlington GO or Niagara Falls Bus Terminal to Niagara College GO Bus Stop. From there, just walk across Glendale Avenue. Plan your trip to Outlet Collection at Niagara!

Yorkdale Mall 

  • Features: With the largest collection of luxury brands in the country, this is the place for high-end presents that will please the designer label-loving people on your list. While you’re there, you can visit Santa with your kids or your pets and check out the PRADA Fragrance Holiday Tree! 
  • Closest GO Station: Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal 
  • How to get to Yorkdale by GO: These bus routes take you directly to the mall: 19, 27, 27A, 27F, 33, 33A, 33B, 33E, 34, 36, 36B, 66, 66A, 92, 92A, 94. Plan your trip to Yorkdale Mall! 

Square One Mall 

  • Features: With more than 330 shops and restaurants — from H&M to Apple to Rolex, you’ll find something for everyone here. Bring your kids or your pets for photos with Santa, and visit The Holiday Market by Run the World (November 25 - December 24, 2022). Located on Level 2, this is the place to get great holiday gifts while supporting local female-owned businesses. 
  • Closest GO Station: Square One GO Bus Terminal How to get to Square One by GO: These bus routes take you directly to the mall: 19, 19B, 21, 21A, 21H, 21P, 21W, 25, 25C, 29, 40, 41, 45B, 47, 56, 94. Plan your trip to Square One!

Scarborough Town Centre 

  • Features: Flagship stores of Aritzia and Sephora, as well as over 250 other places to shop and dine. This season, pick up local artisanal crafts and unique gifts at the STC Holiday MRKT (December 15 - 18, 2022) in Shoppers Court, find holiday decorations at the Santa’Ville kiosk, and grab a gift basket from Hickory Farms for the foodie on your list. Visit the Nintendo Switch Experience (November 21 - December 11, 2022) for game testing, giveaways, and advice on the perfect gift for your gamer.  
  • Closest GO Station: Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal 
  • How to get to Scarborough Town Centre by GO: These bus routes take you directly to the mall: 41, 92, 92A, 94, 96B. Plan your trip to Scarborough Town Centre!

Oshawa Centre Mall 

  • Features: With 260 stores, you’ll find fun, fashionable, and affordable options all in one place. After you cross off all the gifts on your shopping list, stop by Santa’s Workshop for a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick! 
  • Closest GO Station: Durham College Oshawa GO Station
  • How to get to Oshawa Centre by GO: Take the Lakeshore East line to Durham College Oshawa GO Station and connect to Durham Region Transit. Plan your trip to Oshawa Centre!

The Metrolinx Shop Holiday Pop-Up at Union Station

  • Features: Shop in-person for cool Metrolinx, GO, PRESTO and UP merch that’s sure to please all the transit enthusiasts in your life. You’ll find sweaters, scarves, toques, holiday ornaments, mugs, puzzles, GO Bear plush, and more!
  • Date: December 8, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Closest GO Station: Union Station 
  • How to get to the MX Holiday Pop-Up Shop by GO: Travel by GO train or bus to Union Train Station. Head to Bay Union inside the station. It’s in front of the TTC entrance, near Sephora. Plan your trip to The Metrolinx Shop Holiday Pop-Up!

Deliver gifts to your loved ones

Puralator

This holiday season, our partner, Purolator, is offering 40% off a domestic shipment and 50% off an international shipment. They’re also offering great flat rate shipping options through the Flat rate box available in retail stores.

Best of all, you can conveniently drop off or pick up your Purolator packages at select GO stations.

Shop Online at The Metrolinx Shop

Wrapping Paper

We get it. Sometimes you just want to stay home where it’s warm rather than bundling up to head out into the cold. That’s okay! Make yourself a cup of something hot and browse The Metrolinx Shop online. Shipping is FREE on orders over $100 within Canada so you can get all your shopping done from the comfort of your couch. 

If you’re stumped for gift ideas, our holiday gift guide is here to help you choose the perfect presents for all of your friends and family. 

Gifts To Keep Them Cozy

GO Hoodies

Help your friends and family keep the winter “brrrr’s” at bay with warm and comfy apparel that also shows off their love of GO Transit!

Kids will look cool while staying toasty in a Kids GO Train Hoodie or a GO Striped Hoodie!

Adults can also rep their favourite way to commute in a GO Train Hoodie or a GO Logo Hoodie, and bundle up for that walk to the GO Station in a GO Knit Scarf and GO Knit Toque!

We all appreciate warm feet in the winter, so pick up a few pairs of GO UP Socks. They’ll make great stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

Gifts To Keep Them Busy

Puzzle

With a long winter ahead, it’s always good to have things to do indoors when the weather is just too cold even for skating, skiing, or sledding. 

A GO Transit System Map Puzzle is a great gift for any puzzle lover or person who just likes to hibernate inside when it’s chilly. It also makes a fun family activity during the Winter Break from school! 

Gifts To Celebrate the Season

Ornament

The perfect gift for that person who just loves adding to their holiday decoration collection is a gorgeous glass, hand-painted ornament — or pick up a few to deck your own tree with transit decor! 

Is your gift recipient a regular GO train or GO bus passenger? Pick the ornament that matches their route! The GO Train Ornament, and GO Bus Ornament, all beautiful representations of these iconic vehicles.

Or, choose the adorable GO Bear Ornament. He’ll bring a smile to anyone’s face this holiday season!

Gifts To Make Them Go “Awww!!”

Bandana

New parents and dog parents alike will light up when they unwrap some adorable apparel for their sweeties!

Any baby will look holiday picture perfect in a GO Bear Onesie or GO Baby On-Board Onesie. Start the love of transit early for any little ones in your life!

A GO Bear Dog Bandana, an UP Pups Dog Bandana in turquoise, or an UP Pups Dog Bandana in pink will look paws-itively precious on your friend’s furbaby or your own!

Gifts For GO Bear Fans

GO Bear

Any kid — or kid at heart — who loves GO Bear as much as we do will be thrilled to unwrap a GO Bear Plush Toy or GO Bear Pillow! They’re both perfect for snuggling with at night or cuddling up with on the couch while watching a holiday movie.

Gifts For Future Transit Engineers

Does the little one in your life get overjoyed by the sight of a GO train going by? Let them experience that excitement at home with a Wooden GO Toy Train Set! Complete with GO engine and passenger car, the CN Tower, GO Bear and more — it’s everything a kid needs to recreate a train ride around the greater golden horseshoe!

Gifts To Keep Them Hydrated & Caffeinated 

Mugs

Are you always reminding the commuter in your life to drink more water? Make it fun to stay hydrated with a new water bottle! Choose the GO Water Bottle, UP Water Bottle, PRESTO Water Bottle, or Metrolinx Water Bottle.

Is there someone on your list who can’t get by without that morning coffee or tea? They’ll love it when you add to their mug collection with a GO Tiled Coffee Mug, UP Tiled Coffee Mug, PRESTO Tiled Coffee Mug, or Metrolinx Tiled Coffee Mug.

For that person who likes to be practical, give them a gift that can keep their beverage hot or cold! The GO Insulated Tumbler, UP Insulated Tumbler, PRESTO Insulated Tumbler, and Metrolinx Insulated Tumbler is great for water, coffee, tea, or any other drink on-the-GO!

Your Holiday Shopping All Wrapped Up!

After you pick out the perfect presents for each of your friends and family members, be sure to wrap them all up with our Metrolinx wrapping paper

And, enjoy safe and comfortable travel to visit your loved ones and deliver all those gifts with GO Transit!