A smiley Elektra Veilleus, 3, chats with Santa Claus at St. Laurent Shopping Centre yesterday as the mall marked the start of the Christmas season.

Hundreds of people lined up at the Rideau Centre and St. Laurent shopping malls this weekend, not for the savings on fall fashions, but to have their kids sit on Santa’s lap.

Days after Remembrance Day, decorations, Christmas music and even jolly old Saint Nick were out in full force in Ottawa and many shoppers felt that all of it came a little too early this year.

“When Christmas came, it (used to be) exciting … Now it’s not – they decorate and they put the songs and everything out too early, so by the time December comes you’re fed up,” said shopper Merle Quesmel.

Quesmel was shocked to see stores like Dollarama sell Halloween decorations right next to the Christmas decorations.

 “I think that people that actually work in the malls might be a little pissed off,” said shopper Kirk Chin.

 Helai Yousufzai, a jewelry store employee, said that mid-November is too soon for Christmas hustle but it might be good because it can encourage people to start shopping earlier.

 “At one point everyone gets so stressed out and the mall gets crazy packed … so earlier is better,” said Yousufzai.

More from Ottawa :

blog comments powered by Disqus