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RetroFestive Store Grand Opening 2017

Oh-So-Much-Fun on November 4, 2017

Hurray, hurray! Our grand opening day of the 2017 season will soon be here!

Get a jump-start on Christmas when you visit our Oakville, Ontario Christmas store, chock-full of festive fun! Our Grand Opening event takes place November 4, 2017 from 9am til 5pm.

Ride the Polar Express Train

Polar Express Train is coming to the Grand Opening of  RetroFestive on November 4th, 2017.

Kids (and kids-at-heart) are invited to take a ride on our Polar Express-inspired train. It will be set-up outside our store between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Enter to Win a Genuine Talkboy!

Talkboy Voice Changer Home Alone 2
Win a genuine Talkboy Voice Changer at our Grand Opening event

Visitors to our Grand Opening can enter-to-win a genuine Talkboy Voice Changer, as seen in Home Alone 2. (One ballet per purchase. Draw to be held at 5pm store closing).

Meet Bumble and Santa Claus Too!

Meet Santa and Bumble
Meet Santa Claus and Bumble at RetroFestive, Nov 4, 2017

Santa Claus and Bumble the Snow Monster will be on-hand to greet you and take as many selfies as you want! (10am til 2pm)

Have Our Cake, and Eat it Too!

RetoFestive Cake Cutting

We’ll be serving a giant Christmas cake to celebrate our 10th season! (Cake cutting will take place at around 11am).


Need Jobs in Oakville or Toronto? Christmas Store Now Hiring

The holiday season isn’t far away and RetroFestive is looking for a few more elves to help make a little Christmas magic! We’re hiring NOW for our pop-up stores in Oakville and Toronto, Ontario.

Find Jobs at RetroFestive Christmas Store
RetroFestive Christmas Store is hiring for the coming Christmas Season

Help Wanted Sign

Interested in any of the opportunities listed below? Send us your resume right away, and include a brief cover letter explaining which position you are interested in, and why you’d be the perfect fit!

Oakville Retail Help – Join us in our Winter Wonderland! You’ll feel like one of Santa’s elves as you help guests in our bustling Christmas Warehouse Store. We need help selling ugly Christmas sweaters, kitschy ornaments and more! Must be available most weekdays, either 9am – 5pm or 11am – 7pm shifts, and also one Saturday or Sunday per week. One or more years of retail experience is required.

Oakville Warehouse Help – We’re looking for warehouse workers to pick, pack and ship holiday orders.  Fast-paced, fun environment. Must have attention to detail. Some warehouse experience is beneficial but may not be necessary if you have the right personality and attitude. Full-time seasonal opportunity starts ASAP. Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends in December. Inquire for more details.

Toronto Retail Help – We will host two pop-up kiosks in Toronto this year. One at Union Station and the other at Toronto City Hall. Runs Nov 18 til Dec 23. We’re looking for people who know their Christmas movies and ugly sweaters! Fun, festive atmosphere. Must be available at least 5 days a week, and must have retail experience.

All interested applicants should forward their resume to us as soon as possible, along with a cover letter explaining which position you are interested in, and why you’d be the perfect fit!


Big Savings During our Season Kick-Off Event!

Sweater deals online and in-store this weekend!

Saturday, November 12th marks our annual Season Kick-Off event at the RetroFestive flagship store in Oakville, and you’re invited to join us! For our friends who can’t come to Oakville, we’ve got special deals online, so you won’t miss out on all the fun!

It's an Ugly Sweater Party!

Join the fun at our Oakville flagship store!

Featured guests will be the Misty Kids from the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. So bring your kids for hugs and photos. Also appearing will be an all-female barbershop quartet named Skyfall. Saturday, November 10th, only!

  • Everyone who arrives in an Ugly Sweater wins a prize!
  • Special discounts on almost all Ugly Sweaters in store.
Misty Kids and Skyfall appearing Saturday!
Misty Kids and Skyfall appearing Saturday at our big Season Kick-Off event in Oakville.

Appearance Times:

Meet the Misty Kids: 11am, Noon and 1pm

Listen to Skyfall Barbershop Quartet: 10:30, 11:30 and 12:3


Toronto Blue Jays Ugly Christmas Sweaters – New 2016 Styles!

The Blue Jays are BACK baby, and so are we! has new styles of Blue Jays ugly Christmas sweaters for the 2016 playoff season. Best of all, they’re now in-stock and ready-to-ship to Jays fans across Canada!

2016 Blue Jays Ugly Sweaters
New 2016 Ugly Blue Jays Sweater Styles include crew neck and v-neck.

We hit a home run last October when we introduced the first-ever Ugly Blue Jays Christmas sweaters. We couldn’t keep them in stock! But now the Toronto Blue Jays are back in the playoffs, and we’ve been sure to order enough to keep everyone happy!

Toronto Sun features RetroFestive ugly Blue Jays sweaters.
The Toronto Sun featured our Blue Jays Ugly Sweaters in their Oct 15, 2015 newspaper. That’s RetroFestive owner Tyler Schwartz, together with employee Ashley Locke.

Our 2016 unisex crew neck style features LOTS of Blue Jays logos on the chest with a larger logo on the sleeves.

2016 Ugly Blue Jays Crewneck Sweater
Toronto Blue Jays Ugly Christmas Sweater – 2016 Unisex Style.

Check out the video below which showcases our Ugly Christmas Sweater showroom in Oakville, and especially the Blue Jays sweaters. (The video was produced by PostMedia back in 2015, and it features the 2015 designs).

Let’s Go Blue Jays, and let’s go order a 2016 Blue Jays Ugly Sweaters from!

Let's Go Blue Jays
Let’s Go Blue Jays

Join the Jelly of the Month Club!

Clark Griswold Jelly of the Month Club Gift SetJelly of the Month Club – A Canadian Exclusive to Retro Festive

We all have someone on our Christmas list who’s just soooo hard to buy for each year. Either they already have everything… or they insist they want nothing. There must be an easier way!

We’ve got just the thing. Welcome to the Jelly of the Month Club.

Inspired by National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Retro Festive has compiled the ultimate Christmas gift that keeps on giving the whole year. In the past decade, we’ve sold tens of thousands of Clark Griswold moose mugs, and our loyal fans are always asking: What’s New?  What’s Next?  This is it!

Jelly of the Month Club Gift Set CanadaWe set out to create the perfect Christmas gift that just about anyone will love! True fans of Christmas Vacation will get a chuckle out of the tongue-in-cheek nature our Club, complete with official certificate, check-list and tasting notes. But even those who don’t know the movie word-for-word will appreciate the Canadian-made quality of our jams and jellies in twelve different flavours.

Jelly of the Month Club Certificate included!

We looked high and low to find the best jelly and jam around, and we found it in our own back-yard, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  Virtually an Ontario institution, Greaves has been making pure old-fashioned jams, jellies, marmalades and condiments since 1927, using only the finest fruits, sugar and spices. They still use their time-tested recipes, and they stir each batch by hand in open stainless-steel kettles. No pectin or preservatives are added.

Proud Product of Canada

Each Jelly of the Month Club gift set is hand-packed by our team here in Oakville, Ontario.  We offer affordable shipping rates via Canada Post, or you can enjoy Free Shipping when your order totals $99 or more. We’ve already had customers buying 3, 4 and even 12 gift sets, saying that they’re the perfect thing for just about everyone they know!

Our Jelly of the Month Club is also the ultimate company Christmas gift! If you are in charge of employee Christmas gifts where you work, or you know someone who is, contact us for discount details on orders of 10 or more Jelly of the Month gift sets.

Here’s what’s included in each Jelly of the Month Club gift set:

  • Jelly of the Month Club certificate you can personalize
  • 12 jars of jelly and jam (a different 64ml. flavour each month)
  • Official monthly check-list
  • Tasting notes
  • Handsome and sturdy gift box

Here’s the list of flavours included in each gift set:

  • January: Grape Jelly
  • February: Blackberry Jam
  • March: Three Fruit Marmalade
  • April: Black Currant Jam
  • May: Rhubarb Raspberry Jam
  • June: Strawberry Jam
  • July: Cherry Jam
  • August: Peach Jam
  • September: Crabapple Jelly
  • October: Raspberry Jam
  • November: Rhubarb Strawberry
  • December: Plum Jam

Check out all our New Items for 2016