Tis the season for Christmas photos and the man in red has returned to Metropolis at Metrotown for another year. Not only is Santa back but there are also new and improved services making it shopping easier and more convenient when visiting the largest shopping centre in BC.
Holiday shopping can be stressful however the Metrotown app and new text services have made shopping so much easier! With 2 kids in tow, I will take anything I can get! Shoppers can now text 604-359-9111 to reach Guest Services during mall hours. I really like to have a game plan mapped out when I go shopping to maximize my time but sometimes you have questions.
Text Guest Services questions like “where is the closest washroom to Zara?” or “WHERE CAN I FIND ALL THE COFFEE?”. You have to be a bit more specific than that, but they aim to respond to you within one minute and trust me, it’s pretty darn accurate!
There is nothing worse than heading into a mall during the holiday shopping season and not being able to find the stores you are looking for. Having all the answers in your hand just moments away can be the difference between a successful shop and going home miserable! And no one needs misery during Christmas!
With the new app for both Android and Apple users, I was able to find and save the best deals for the presents I was looking for and even look up the stores in the mall ahead of time! And if that doesn’t excite you, can we talk about how you are now able to use the app to find where you parked! No more wandering aimlessly clicking your door lock button hoping to find your car!
Zoe and I recently spent the afternoon doing some Christmas Shopping for Ava while she was in school and stopped by to see our favourite Santa for our yearly Santa photos! We’ve been to a few Santas’ for photos but the Metrotown Santa takes the cake! Not only is the set up gorgeous but you truly cannot beat the price! With a minimum donation of $3 per photo, you are able to get as many photos as you’d like.
With our digital downloads on my phone, an ice cream coupon and a candy cane from Santa, we left Metropolis At Metrotown feeling the Christmas spirit! One of our favourite parts of Santa photos is knowing that 100% of the proceeds directly benefit the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Is there anything better than donating to a worthy cause during the holidays?
I personally struggle with the holiday season as my extended family is all in SK and each year I miss my nephews birthday as he was born on Christmas eve. Flying to Saskatchewan during the holidays is just not in our budget. One trip to Metrotown to take in the sites, the sounds and spend some time checking things off my shopping list at great prices is exactly what I need each year to get in the Christmas Spirit.
Seriously, just stand and watch the kids react to Santa arriving after waiting for him to arrive in the morning. I guarantee you that you’ll start to get the warm and fuzzies back for Christmas!
If that doesn’t help, after an afternoon of shopping, stop by the Gift Wrap Services. Returning home with beautifully wrapped gifts ready to go under the tree is enough to have me singing Christmas Carols in November. The Burnaby Neighbourhood House and MS Society of BC/Yukon will be offering gift wrapping services by donation starting November 23 to December 24. All proceeds will go back to the charities. Gift wrap booths are located in front of The Disney Store on the Ground Level, and in front of Plenty on the Upper Level.
Thinking of visiting Metropolis At Metrotown for your Santa Photos? Christmas shopping?
Take advantage of extended Holiday hours: Metropolis offers extended holiday hours from December 1 straight through until Christmas Eve as follows:
December 1 – 18: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Daily o December 19 – 23: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Moonlight Madness o December 24: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Still not sure what to get buy that one person who has everything they want and need? Grab a Metropolis Gift Card: Metropolis’ gift card is available for purchase at Guest Services and their dedicated holiday gift card kiosks. They are redeemable throughout the mall, as well as 22 other Ivanhoe Cambridge shopping centres across Canada. The gift card is also available for purchase online at www.metropolisatmetrotown.com
pssst… you can also drop off your Santa letters at Metrotown! They give you one to do in line while you wait or you can use mine. Head over to this post to download you free Santa Letter.