On Saturday, November 26, 2016, the fifth annual CandyTown will bring to Yaletown a Christmas bash that’s just as fun and bustling as Santa’s workshop. Beloved across the city, the neighbourhood-wide celebration is hosted by Yaletown’s generous merchants through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, and promises to infuse holiday spirit into even the most stubborn of Scrooges. Last year’s event attracted more than 15,000 revelers – and with a lineup of activities that’s more sugar-packed than ever, it’s a safe bet that numbers will rise even higher.
Those wishing to attend the CandyTown festival should visit Mainland Street in Yaletown, Vancouver. The event will see Vancouver’s heritage district transformed into a winter wonderland.
Thousands of seasonal revelers will descend upon Yaletown as the neighborhood welcomes back downtown Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival. From visits with Santa and the Ice Queen, to Christmas arts and crafts, and of course lots of sweet treats, CandyTown is an event to ignite the festive spirit in all guests. Friends and families will get the ultimate holiday photo in front of the live ice sculptures, shop for presents at the “All I Want for Christmas” gift market, and find the perfect tree from the Yaletown Rotary Club Christmas Tree Lot.
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). 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 festival is free and open to the public. Visit the YBIA website for a full schedule of activities.