Not a creature was steering, so quiet were the roads on Christmas Day — until drivers hit the intersection of Kennedy Rd., and Steeles Ave E., that is.
Vehicles lined the Markham intersection, some impeding traffic, as thousands of people clogged the entrances to Pacific Mall, the only major shopping centre open in the GTA.
Once in the mall’s parking lot, impatient drivers leaned on their horns, attempting to navigate the lines of cars looking for a spot.
Some shouting matches were heard but once inside, the holiday cheer became infectious as people continued traditions, enjoyed the festive atmosphere or finished last-minute shopping.
Catherine Walker strolled with her elderly father, who’s visiting from Windsor for the holidays, as a way to escape her hectic home for a while.
“I left my twins at home with my husband,” laughed Walker. “Got up early, prepared the food, had Christmas, and told him he could handle the rest.”
Walker, whose twins are 8, said her father enjoys coming to the mall ever since she ducked out of the house for the first time a few years ago.
Now it’s a tradition, including an extra present for her during the visit.
“There are so many things here that you don’t see elsewhere,” said Walker. “My dad just loves it — he can’t get over that it’s open on Christmas Day.”