Key Holiday Shopping Dates for 2023

The holidays always seem to come before we know it. This year, why not be ahead of the curve, reduce stress, and make better plans by knowing the busiest shopping days, both online and in-store?

Whether you’re a shopper looking to get ahead of your holiday shopping list in 2023 or a small business owner planning for the busiest season of the year, you’ll want to have these key dates on your calendar.

American Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 23, 2023

While this is an American holiday, it is seen as the traditional start of the holiday season and leads directly into the next big shopping date.

Black Friday — Friday, November 24, 2023

Known for wild deals and crowds of shoppers, Black Friday has become a global phenomenon in recent years. Canadian businesses have quickly embraced it, offering Black Friday deals through the weekend.

Small Business Saturday — Saturday, November 25, 2023

Small Business Saturday is a relatively new event designed to encourage customers to support local, small businesses rather than industry giants. It’s a powerful opportunity to share your story and re-introduce your business to your community.

Cyber Monday — Monday, November 27, 2023

Cyber Monday is traditionally one of the largest days for online shopping each year. It was created to encourage shoppers to buy online, with more and more small businesses getting involved each year.

Green Monday — Monday, December 11, 2023

Created by eBay to mark the best sales day of the month, Green Monday occurs on the second Monday in December. It’s traditionally recognized as the last day shoppers can place an online order and guarantee it will arrive in time for the holidays.

Super Saturday — Saturday, December 16, 2023

Also known as Panic Saturday, this day marks the last Saturday before Christmas, and it’s guaranteed to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Given the tight turnaround for shipping, it’s a day for brick-and-mortar stores to thrive.

Hanukkah Thursday, December 7 to Friday, December 15, 2023

The Jewish community celebrates Hannukah, which lasts eight days and nights. While some families will exchange gifts during this time, the holiday is more known for spending quality time with loved ones.

Christmas Eve — Sunday, December 24, 2023

Expect frantic shoppers searching for last-minute gifts on the final day to shop before Christmas Day. Many stores close early on this day to allow families to gather for the Holidays. Some stores begin their annual Boxing Day sale early to encourage shoppers.

Boxing Day — Tuesday, December 26, 2023

This stat holiday sees shoppers flood malls and main streets searching for a bargain. It’s the traditional starting point for end-of-year sales in Canada.

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