Vancouver’s only free outdoor holiday event, CandyTown, is back for its 5th year in Yaletown on November 26, 2016.
The neighbourhood-wide celebration which hosted 15,000 attendees in previous years, is put on by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. Expect delectable treats, festive music, cozy carriage rides and visits with Santa Claus and the Ice Queen all afternoon long.
CandyTown isn’t just for kids. Christmas lovers will find plenty here to spark their desires, from CandyTown themed cocktails (try the CandyCane martini at OPUS Bar) to horse-drawn carriage rides that cruise along Pacific (rides are 15 minutes and depart from Salsa and Agave on Pacific Boulevard, with a suggested donation of $2).
Social media stars will delight in snapping Instagrams of the live ice sculptures on Helmcken Street (1-7pm), and friends can bond while browsing the Yaletown Rotary Club Christmas Tree Lot.
Food trucks will be on-site, such as Cloud Nine Cotton Candy Co., Hugs by Mollie’s Minis and Old Country Pierogi, and Yaletown restaurants such as Earls and Rodney’s Oyster House will create seasonal morsels. More than 15 additional food vendors will also serve mouthwatering fare, including Bella Gelateria, Bluebird Cakery, and Damien’s Belgian Waffles.
The “All I Want for Christmas” gift market on Mainland Street is the perfect place to pick up gifts for the holidays with shops and local artisans showcasing jewellery, flowers, pet accessories, decor and fashions. Check out the special “Grinch” Christmas tree from Divine Vines, and the glittering gifts from The Cross Décor & Design. Throughout the festival, guests will enjoy live music, roaming characters, street teams, and stilt walkers to surprise and delight at every turn.
“Over the years, CandyTown has evolved into one of Vancouver’s most highly anticipated holiday events, and this year we are so pleased to offer even more activities and winter-themed fun for guests. CandyTown is the perfect place to find holiday gifts, savour some of the best food in the city, and support local charities that need our help.” – Annette O’Shea, Executive Director, Yaletown BIA
Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for donations that will benefit B.C. Children’s Hospital and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Donations will be accepted for horse-drawn carriage rides as well as visits with Santa and the Ice Queen.
CandyTown takes place on Saturday, November 26, 2016 from noon to 7pm on Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown. The festival is free, open to the public and promises to ignite the Christmas spirit in guests of all ages.