CandyTown, Yaletown’s Free Outdoor Holiday Festival – November 23, 2013
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is delighted to announce the second annualÂ CandyTown, downtown Vancouverâ€™s only free outdoor Christmas festival. The festival is being hosted and produced by the merchants of Yaletown through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, which sees Vancouverâ€™s heritage district transformed into a winter wonderland.
OnÂ November 23, 2013 from 12 pm to 9 pm,Â CandyTownÂ will draw on the seasonal theme ofÂ candyÂ to deliver a fun, memorable day for kids of all agesâ€”from families with young children to groups of adults who want to get in on the holiday spirit.
Little ones will delight in visiting Santa at the North Pole (fromÂ 1 pm to 6 pm), taking a horse- drawn carriage ride from the Yaletown Brewing Company station (the 15-minute ride circulates Mainland and Hamilton streets) and participating in crafts, face painting and balloon twisting at the Starlight Childrenâ€™s Foundation tent. Watch ice sculpture in the making at Bill Curtis Square (fromÂ 2 pm to 7 pm), pose for a photo op with Santa and any of the roaming street characters, and enjoy holiday music courtesy of roaming musicians, street buskers and music tents. And because it just wouldnâ€™t be a Christmas celebration without festive trees, guests may view decorated Christmas trees in Bill Curtis Square and 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 Big Redâ€™s Poutine, Coquettish Cupcakes, Maple Sugar Shack, The Pie Hole, BeaverTails Pastry and many more. The market is the perfect place to get a head start on holiday shopping, thanks to Discolemonade Designs, Fine Finds, Missy May Bags, Ildiko Jewellery and 3H Craftworks.Â CandyÂ Hut will be selling beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, and the Yaletown BIA will be distributing free shopping bags filled with deals and steals.
â€œAs downtownâ€™s only free winter festival,Â CandyTownÂ is for anyone with a sweet tooth, a hankering for shopping or someone who just wants to come and play outside,â€ says Annette Oâ€™Shea, Executive Director of the Yaletown BIA. â€œItâ€™s a great place to have some fun, and support the many charities that need help at Christmas. Where else can you enjoy aÂ CandyTownÂ cocktail and a free horse drawn carriage ride?â€
CandyTownÂ attendees are invited to donate to the BC Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Vancouver Food Bank and Starlight Childrenâ€™s Foundation. The Donnelly Group returns with their charity toy drive tent and will make a donation on behalf of The Donnelly Foundation. 3H Craftworks joins in on the spirit of giving by offering a by-donation gift wrapping station and holiday gift bags available for purchase.
CandyTownÂ will take place onÂ Saturday, November 23 from 12 pm to 9 pmÂ on Mainland Street in Yaletown. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and promises to ignite the festive spirit in all guests.
Schedule of Events – November 23, 2013
– All I Want for Christmas Gift Market
– Candy Making at the Candy Hut
– Roaming Musicians and Buskers
– Christmas Tree Lot by the Yaletown Rotary Club
– Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
– Toy Drive Tent by the Donnelly Foundation
– Visit with Santa in the North Pole
– Live Ice Sculptures at the North Pole
– CandyTown Cocktail Tour