Sunday shopping in Winnipeg

December 17, 2006 at 11:57 pm 23 comments

 Kildonan Place

I have been doing my Christmas shopping for the past three Sundays.  I don’t usually go out on Sundays.  Sunday is the day we clean the house, do laundry, and then just sit back and relax.  But it seems that these days, Sunday is the only day I can buy my Christmas presents.  I’m also busy on Saturdays.  I have lately been putting extra hours of work (need the extra money).  And I also do my grocery shopping on Saturdays. 

When I first came here in Winnipeg in 1989, there was no Sunday shopping.  Yup.  Stores and malls were closed on Sundays.  This was a result of the Lord’s Day Act, which had designated Sunday as a weekly day of rest.  But in December 1992, Sunday shopping was once again permitted in the province of Manitoba.  There were restrictions though.  The province’s law limits retailers that employ more than four staff members to operating only between noon and 6 p.m. on Sundays. 


Aside from the small shopping malls we have here in Manitoba, Filipino immigrants find this restriction in Sunday shopping unappealing.  This is because there are many big and attractive shopping malls not just in Manila, but also in other cities in the Philippines.  But it hasn’t bothered me anyway.  As I’ve said, I’d just like to stay home on Sundays.  I’m not much of a shopper anyway.  I don’t have that kind of money to spend.  And besides, buses are bad on Sundays.  They run only every hour or so.  We do have our own vehicle now, but I am still not a fan of Sunday shopping. 

This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday.  And this concerns not only the retailers but the shoppers as well.  People like to get their shopping done earlier on Christmas Eve.  Retailers would also like to open earlier so they can close earlier and spend time with their families.  But if they can’t open until noon, it’s unlikely that they will close early.


According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is urging the provincial government to cut retailers some slack this Christmas Eve.  The president of the Chamber said, “We think the province needs to change the legislation for good and allow the retailers to determine their own hours based on what their customers want, like most other provinces have.”  The Chamber also noted that the province has made exceptions in the past, including last year during the Juno awards and in 1999 during the Pan Am Games. 

I only have a couple more presents to buy and I’ll make sure to finish my shopping before Christmas Eve. 

What about you?  Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?  Is there Sunday shopping in your city?

Related news article: Winnipeg chamber calls for late Christmas Eve shopping hours


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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karen  |  December 18, 2006 at 2:29 am

    what about my present? hehe. just kidding.
    ako din, i’m not a big fan of shopping, i like buying stuff but i don’t like hanging out in the malls. i don’t really care whether or not malls here in manitoba are small, coz i think, we’ve got everything we need and want to buy naman. it’s not like we’re being deprived of things just coz our stores are smaller than the rest of canada or the world.
    oops…my inner scrooge is talking. anyway, goodluck on your holiday shopping. take care.

  • 2. ladybug  |  December 18, 2006 at 2:33 am

    I’m glad I live in a place where shopping malls are open during Sundays. Unfortunately, I could not take advantage of it this year. When I got well enough to do my CHristmas shopping, I couldn’t stand the volume of people in shopping malls during weekends. I’ll probably do my Christmas shopping after the holidays na lang. I hope my family and relatives understand.

  • 3. nikki  |  December 18, 2006 at 2:57 am

    naku, malls here in the philippines are so busy, they even have extended shopping hours na. who says pinoys have no money? as in puno talaga on weekends.

    ako, hindi pa tapos shopping for my family. 🙂

  • 4. Toe  |  December 18, 2006 at 4:58 am

    At least may mall. Dito wala. I do my shopping in the palengke. 😦 But wow! Your mall is empty… and it’s even the Christmas season. Ibang-iba sa malls sa Philippines where you could hardly move. And in the Philippines too, good luck shopping on December 24 with the traffic and the crowds.

    Ako rin I prefer to just relax on Sundays. I don’t like going out.

  • 5. TK  |  December 18, 2006 at 5:27 am

    Merry Christmas! Happy Shopping!

  • 6. kathy  |  December 18, 2006 at 8:18 am

    here in japan, shopping malls are open everyday. fyi, Christmas isn’t even a holiday here! however, you may find it amusing to know that the Emperor’s birthday on dec. 23 IS a national holiday. unfortunately, this year the 23rd happens to be a saturday, so we don’t get an extra day off from work. but we do plan to take a leave on the 25th. pinoy eh. 🙂

  • 7. JO  |  December 18, 2006 at 8:25 am

    I was told that in Ontario/Alberta, malls used to be close on sundays too, years and years ago… but I guess as the population and the demand grow, retailers/stores are now open on sundays. Buti na lang, at least there’s an option for me in case I need some stuff right away. Though I hate shopping on the weekend, super daming tao!

  • 8. Ferdz  |  December 18, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Interesting bit of trivia there. Parang ang hirap naman ma-imagine na walang shopping malls ng sunday. Which reminds me I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet. 😀

    Have a great holiday ahead!!

  • 9. pining  |  December 18, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    hello niceheart! malls (or high street shop as they call it here)are open from 9:30-5 Mon-Sat; 10-4pm on Sundays. 10 years ago there’s no Sunday shopping here, too. I’ve done my christmas shopping last Saturday, and hell on earth it was! no wonder most people here resort to internet shopping

  • 10. Sonnie  |  December 18, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    Lord’s Day Act?

    It’s good for the Gov’t to recognize sabbath, the day of the Lord and commercialism/materialism under checked.

    However, needs of its citizen should also be considered, specially if industries operates 24/7 and most rest days fall on Sunday.

  • 11. Major Tom  |  December 18, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    I remember so many years ago—like about two decades back—when on Sundays, stores are all closed in this city of ours. One could walk on main avenues of the city and feel so alone because nobody else seem to be downtown. However, progress had changed everything and now, every store there is is open for business as if it is just a regular day. Except for hardwares and auto shops, whic should be closed on Sundays and its very difficult to have car problems on Sundays since walang mabilhan ng parts.

  • 12. iskoo  |  December 18, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    yung church namin nasa shopping mall kaya di sila pwedeng magsara kapag sunday 🙂 hehe. joke.

    di pa ako nag umpisang mamili para sa pasko, naku paano kaya yan, hirap mamili sa pilipinas habang palapit na palapit ang pasko, parang divisoria kahit saang mall…

    merry christmas niceheart!

  • 13. KD  |  December 18, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    Malls here are open until 11pm, some ’till 2 am. Nakakapanibago lang kasi pag nagshopping kami sa pinas ang daming tao lalo na pag December, dito not so much.

    Merry Christmas to you and to the rest of the family. God Bless

  • 14. niceheart  |  December 18, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    Karen, just wait for it in the mail. He he he. And yeah, I agree with you. We can find everything we need here naman di ba? We don’t need bigger malls, mas nakakapagod pang ikutin yon. 🙂

    Ladybug, I know what you mean. When my husband spent the Christmas holidays there in 2002, sabi niya parang kuto daw ang dami ng tao sa mga malls. With your condition, I also hope that your family will understand if they get their presents after the holidays. Take care.

  • 15. niceheart  |  December 18, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    Nikki, stores here have also extended shopping hours for the holidays, except Sundays. Starting today, Wal-mart will be open for 24 hours, I think until Dec. 23.

    Palengke lang ba, Toe? I forgot to mention that these pictures were taken in September, summer pa kaya wala pang snow. :)Right now, the malls here are also quite packed, but not as much as in Pinas. I won’t be shopping on the 24th. I plan to finish everything by the 23rd. Besides we’re going to be sent home early from work on Friday. Half day lang kami. 🙂

  • 16. niceheart  |  December 18, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    TK, Merry Christmas, too. Thanks.

    Kathy, I’m not surprised that malls are open everyday there in Japan. From what I understand, life there is more fast-paced than here in Canada. I think it’s good that you can take a leave on Christmas. 🙂

    JO, yes, many years ago na nga ang nakakaraan. That shows you how old I am. 🙂 I think it’s also good that stores are open on Sundays, just in case you need something really bad. Just imagine if there’s still no Sunday shopping here, how could I buy my presents? 🙂

  • 17. niceheart  |  December 18, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks Ferdz, same to you. Only six shopping days before Christmas, so you better get started. 🙂

    Pining, regular mall hours here are 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, Saturdays I think is 9 am to 6pm, depending on the stores. I may be wrong but it’s around those times. I’ve done a bit of internet shopping online, but I don’t like it that much. I like to see and touch what I’m buying and besides, the delivery charge is an added expense.

  • 18. niceheart  |  December 19, 2006 at 12:01 am

    Sonnie, Canada recognizes the Lord’s Day because it observes Christian tradition. And yeah, I think that’s the reason Sunday shopping was permitted because we live in busy times now, and the only time some people have to do their shopping is Sunday.

    Major Tom, I didn’t realize that there were places in the Philippines that didn’t have Sunday shopping too. I also understand that it can be difficult if a certain store is closed on Sunday. When I was downtown last Sunday, I was disappointed to find out that this store was closed and I wanted to buy something there.

  • 19. niceheart  |  December 19, 2006 at 12:05 am

    Iskoo, that’s convenient then. After you go to church, you can go shopping. 🙂 I think you also better get started with your shopping. It gets more stressful as the day comes closer.

    Merry Christmas din sa yo. Thanks.

    KD, much later pa pala ang closing ng malls diyan. Sa Pinas lang yata talaga grabe ang dami ng tao sa malls.

    Merry Christmas also to you and your family. Thanks.

  • 20. Rey  |  December 19, 2006 at 1:49 am

    I love the sight of wide, horizontal shopping malls with ample outdoor parking spaces. That’s something we don’t have here in Singapore. Here it’s all about verticality and multi-basement carparks.

    Great pics. 🙂

  • 21. ipanema  |  December 19, 2006 at 2:20 am

    That’s a bummer for shoppers and retailers. Forget the malls here, ala kwenta, mahal pa.

    I just ordered for my children, couldn’t find it here. Medyo suspense sa opisina ko pina-deliver.

    Kakapagod talaga pag December. Di lang tao pago, pati bulsa, pagod, credit card pagod din yan, kaskas ng kaskas. Pag maraming cash, pagod din kakabilang huh? Buti na lang ako di mapapagod, wala ako nun eh… 🙂

    Merry Christmas!!!

  • 22. haze  |  December 19, 2006 at 8:51 am

    Left a comment yesterday 😦 nawala sya ! Happened twice already siguro I had problem connections, anyway have a Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family !

  • 23. niceheart  |  December 19, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks Rey. Most shopping malls here are horizontal like that.

    Ipanema, I only order on line when my oldest son asks me to buy him CDs or music videos on Amazon. Ay, sinabi mo pa yang credit card. I saw this sign on a billboard, “Christmas is about life and love not debt.” I know it naman. But we can’t help it to use our credit cards this time of the year, di ba?

    Haze, I thought maybe your comment was caught on spam. But I checked and it wasn’t there. Merry Christmas also to you and your family.


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