Downtown Vancouver’s Sweetest Winter Festival Returns to Yaletown

Thousands of seasonal revelers will descend upon Yaletown next month as the neighbourhood welcomes back downtown Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival.

On November 22, 2014, the third annual CandyTown festival will set up shop once again, as downtown Vancouver’s only free outdoor Christmas celebration.

The festival, which drew around 15,000 visitors last year, is hosted and produced by the merchants of Yaletown through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. CandyTown will draw on a seasonal candy theme to deliver a fun, memorable day for kids of all ages-from families with young children to groups of adults who want to get in on the holiday spirit. Visitors will experience Vancouver’s heritage district of Yaletown transformed into a winter wonderland.

Little ones will delight in visiting Santa and the Ice Queen at the North Pole (from12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bill Curtis Square), taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, sponsored by Concord Pacific, from Salsa and Agave on Pacific Blvd. (the 15-minute ride circulates Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets) and participating in crafts, face painting and balloon twisting at the Starlight Children’s Foundation tent. See ice sculptures created live at Bill Curtis Square, pose for a photo op with Santa and other seasonal characters, craft unique candy necklaces and jewellery, and enjoy holiday music courtesy of roaming musicians, street buskers and music tents. The Grey Cup Festival will also pay a visit to hand out candy, mini footballs and other treats. And because it just wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without festive trees, guests can pick out a tree to take home from the Yaletown Rotary Club lot.

A popular attraction last year, the All I Want for Christmas Gift Market will brim with tempting treats and gorgeous gifts. Food vendors include Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Half Baked Cookie Co., Mancakes Bakery, Maples Sugar Shack and many more. The market is the perfect place to get a head start on holiday shopping, thanks to Vancouver Candle Company, Standout Boutique, Elana Lauren Designs jewelry, and 3H Craftworks. Lindt will also have a piñata to launch their seasonal Lindor chocolate line.

“We’re happy to see downtown Vancouver’s only free Christmas festival return in its third year with even more winter-themed fun for all ages,” says Annette O’Shea, executive director of the Yaletown BIA. “It’s a great place to have some fun, and support the many charities that need help at Christmas. Where else can you enjoy a CandyTown cocktail and a free horse-drawn carriage ride?”

CandyTown attendees are also invited to donate to the BC Children’s Hospital and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

CandyTown will take place on Saturday, November 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mainland Street in Yaletown. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and promises to ignite the Christmas spirit in guests of all ages. Visit the YBIA website for a full schedule of activities.

About Yaletown

Yaletown is Vancouver’s trendy and upscale renovated warehouse district. This fresh urban neighbourhood is just an easy walk from the centre of downtown Vancouver or a quick ferry ride from Granville Island. Yaletown’s converted heritage buildings are home to some of the city’s top fashion and design shops, as well as cutting edge restaurants and bars. Old loading docks act as giant sidewalks and create a unique setting for wandering, shopping, or lounging at one of the many outdoor patios.

About Yaletown Business Improvement Association

The Yaletown BIA is an independent non-profit association of commercial property owners and business tenants who join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the Yaletown neighbourhood. Today the Yaletown BIA is an organization capable of handling top-tier international opportunities such as the 2010 Olympics, hosting well-heeled travel writers from around the world and producing outstanding public events that attract thousands of shoppers and diners annually. For more information visit:

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