Seventh Annual CandyTown Kicks off the Christmas Season This Weekend in Yaletown
What: CandyTown is making its seventh annual return to Downtown Vancouver, transforming the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland on Saturday, November 24, 2018. The neighbourhood-wide celebration will host merchants through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, featuring food, gifts, music and other local vendors. With over 15,000 attendees last year, the 2018 lineup of activities and sugar-packed fun is sure to bring in even more revellers.
When: Saturday November 24th from 12pm to 7pm
Where: Mainland, Hamilton and Davie streets in Yaletown
Why: Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival is geared to be fun for all ages. With Christmas crafts & gifts, life-sized Santa sleigh ice carving, dancing gingerbreads, specialty cocktails, live music, roving musicians and costumed characters, CandyTown is an event to ignite the festive spirits of even the most stubborn of Scrooges. Kids can create their own candy kebobs at the Candy Hut or visit jolly old Saint Nicholas and the Ice Queen.
Embark on a magical horse-drawn carriage ride outside the Roundhouse Community Centre Turntable and be led on a relaxing seaside jaunt along Pacific Boulevard, Hamilton and Davie streets with a suggested $2 donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses.
New this year, CandyTown will expand onto Hamilton and Davie streets. Adults will have their own set of attractions to choose from on Hamilton Street where festivalgoers can dance the day away at an interactive public disco decked out with a glitter station, take a stroll through a life-sized inflatable igloo, or enjoy live ice sculpture demonstrations. Also on-site will be Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot pop-up, and environment enthusiasts can check out the Vancouver Aquarium AquaZone Program and Science World’s ‘Science on the Spot’ demonstration station. 19+ guests can eat, drink and be merry with a self-guided CandyTown Cocktail Tour, kicking off at the Vietnamese hot spot, House Special. Hearty appetites can flock to a diverse array of food trucks that will satisfy every craving, including Gary’s Kettle Corn, Sable Shortbread, Cannoli King, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Sweet Thea Bakery and more. The excitement continues onto Davie Street, where there will be an extension of artisan vendors and gift tents. Guests may also enjoy visits to Engine 374 – Canada’s most historic steam locomotive – decked out in twinkling Christmas lights for the holiday season.
Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for donations that will benefit BC Children’s Hospital, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Rotary Club. Donations will be accepted for horse-drawn carriage rides and visits with Santa and the Ice Queen.
How: The festival is FREE and open to the public. Visit the YBIA website for a full schedule of activities.