Holiday shopping should really be fun, not frantic.
And yet, despite last year’s vows of better time management, we find ourselves in late December sprinting the packed sidewalks of downtown Vancouver wild-eyed and panic-stricken, shopping bags swinging with hazardous abandon.
The countdown to Christmas is on but you’ll be relieved to learn that you can find show-stopping decorations, hosting necessities, and presents for everyone on your list, all in one enchanting neighbourhood: Yaletown. This season, Yaletown Kissmas encourages consumers to buy local – and in return, merchants are giving the gift of extended store hours to ensure holiday shopping is easier than ever.
If you’re looking for trendy yet affordable clothing and gifts you can visit boutiques like Woo to See You, Fine Finds Boutique, and Global Atomic. Gourmands will adore Cha Le Tea Merchant, Lime & Moon Pie Company, and Urban Fare for all their Christmas culinary requirements. Similarly, shops like The Cross, Swirl Wine Store, and Divine Vines are the solution to successfully hosting a holiday party.
While walking the streets of Yaletown, indulge in the ‘Kissmas’ spirit and smooch your loved ones under mistletoe adorned on the neighbourhood’s lampposts and signs. Post a photo on social media with the hashtags #YaletownKissmas and #YaletownWishList so the Yaletown Business Improvement Association can repost and share the love.
After that victorious final purchase, you might as well have fun in Vancouver’s happening holiday neighbourhood. This includes a visit to Xoxolat for chocolate and whiskey tastings – yep, you heard right!
After this delicious aperitif, head over to the Banter Room for dinner and celebrate a successful shopping day with bottles of bubbly from the Moet & Chandon vending machine. Or swing by Blue Water Café, Minami and Rodney’s Oyster House for the finest seafood dining on the block.
After bottles of bubbly at the Banter Room and weary legs to consider, head over to Yaletown’s iconic OPUS Hotel and ‘take the elevator home’ for an impromptu overnight stay.
And don’t forget to finish the day with a nightcap at OPUS Bar which will likely result in a good night’s sleep – whether or not you decide to splurge on that post-shopping staycation.
For more information and a full directory of Yaletown shops, visit Yaletowninfo.com.
Where: Areas throughout Yaletown
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Yaletown Kissmas 2017