One of my favourite childhood holiday memories was decorating the tree. My Dad would pull out the weathered box of decorations from the basement, and I’d be the first to open the box. Sparkly metallic tinsel, strings of lights and ornaments of all shapes and sizes created a mishmash of options. Handmade ornaments crafted at school and popcorn garland, made by my Mom and I would provide the finishing touches. Once the lights were turned on (my fave were the ones that blinked), you knew it was only a matter of time before Christmas day.
Lighting the tree signifies the start of the holiday season for me. This past Thursday, I met up with my bestie Nicole and headed down to CF Pacific Centre to celebrate their tree lighting ceremony and get into the spirit. A choir serenaded the crowd with modern takes on classics as the 40 foot tree was lit. You’ll have to hear this talented group yourselves (seriously, they were so good), they’ll be singing in front of the tree located at Georgia and Howe Street on December 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 4-6pm.
Keeping warm with hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.
The 40 foot tree is located at Georgia & Howe Street.
The prettiest light installation complete with mistletoe located in front of Nordstrom. The perfect photo op.
Before we hit December, there’s one more MAJOR date to note: Black Friday on November 25th. One of the reasons I started The Style Spy was my obsession with finding a good deal – who wants to pay full price right? And there’s no better day to get a stellar deal and knock off names on your holiday shopping list than on Black Friday. I’ve shopped more than a few Black Fridays, here are some tips to help you along the way.
5 Ways to Conquer Black Friday Shopping at CF Pacific Centre
1. Scope The Deals
I’m all about the prep. Stay posted to CF Pacific Centre’s store promotion page & @TheStyleSpy to see what deals stores will be offering. I also like to subscribe to retailer’s emails to get alerts in my inbox. On Black Friday, CF Pacific Centre is also offering the first 200 who purchase a $100 CF SHOP! card® an additional $20 CF SHOP! card®. The cards are available at Guest Services.
2. The Hours
CF Pacific Centre will be open from 8am – 9pm on Black Friday. You have a total of 13 hours to shop. There’s ample time – whether you’re an early bird and want first dibs or plan to squeeze in a lunch hour power shop. I also enjoy post workday shops, it’s therapeutic to exercise retail therapy after a long week.
3. Fuel Up
I never shop hangry because decision making becomes so much harder! Do I buy the black nylon backpack or taupe? Pack snacks in your purse, energy bars and almonds are always easy and a bottle of water is a good idea. Another option is to make a mid-shop pit stop, we love the Take Five Cafe across from Aritzia.
4. Make A List
Black Friday is really the perfect day to get names knocked off your holiday shopping list. For my techie dad, it’ll be the Microsoft store. For my mom, she’s all about her Geox walking shoes and Bath & Body Works. My boyfriend’s a teacher, so he’s always in need of work-appropriate wear – J.Crew, Banana Republic and Ted Baker London. See the full list of stores at CF Pacific Centre here.
5. Don’t Forget Yourself
There’s likely something you’ve been eyeing, Black Friday is the day to make it happen. On my Black Friday wish list? That coveted ALLSAINTS leather jacket – it’s an investment piece that will last in my closet forever.
Don’t forget to look up when you enter CF Pacific Centre at Georgia and Howe Street.
CF Pacific Centre is located at 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver and open on Black Friday from 8am – 9pm.
This post was sponsored by CF Pacific Centre, all opinions are my own.