This Vancouver neighbourhood is turning into CandyTown next weekend

Nov 13 2017, 8:10 am

The ultimate holiday festival is almost here and there’s something in the works for everyone.

On Saturday, November 25, one Vancouver neighbourhood will be transformed into an enchanted land filled with palate-popping treats, Yuletide music, and cozy carriage rides.

That’s right, CandyTown is returning to Yaletown.

Except that this year the festival is going to be better than ever, with a fresh crop of experiences that invite you to indulge in the sweetest surprises of the season. (And the plentiful Instagram opportunities that come along with it are a definite no-brainer.)

CandyTown/Image: Jade Stone Photography

To make it all even better, admission to CandyTown is free!

With something for everyone, the sixth annual festival features energetic performances, elf-approved activities and of course delicious food, drinks, and candy. Hosted by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, it attracts upwards of 15,000 revellers each year, eager to immerse themselves in a real-life Christmas fantasyland.

For starters, kids wishing to visit the jolly man himself will be able to make a beeline for the North Pole (Bill Curtis Square at the Canada Line Station), where Santa Claus will be waiting to carefully listen to their holiday wishes.

The fun doesn’t stop there either. Enjoy other activities like live ice sculpture carving, jazz and brass bands stationed throughout the festival area, the All I Want For Christmas artisan gift market, plus an exhibition in Yaletown Park that celebrates how Canadians are helping to drive global change. Pure Christmas magic.

Following the excitement of all the festivities, tired tots (and really anyone needing a rest) can also take a breather on CandyTown’s picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundles along Pacific, Hamilton, and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise. There’s a suggested $2 donation for BC Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses, so bring along some change.

CandyTown maple taffy/Image: Britney Gill Photography

Continue to kick the excitement levels up a notch, as CandyTown’s tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival. Enjoy interactive candy-making demonstrations, dig into the many sweet treats available for purchase, and make sure to stop by the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs.

And for those of you who want to drink yourselves merry, sample some holiday drinks on the adults-only self-guided cocktail tour with special libations on offer from Opus Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery, and many others.

CandyTown horse carriage/Image: Jade Stone Photography

For food options, take your pick: Food trucks will be serving up scrumptious fare on site, alongside Yaletown favourites like Earls, Zend Conscious Lounge, and Tacofino, who’ve also got some special offerings planned for the holidays.

Now isn’t CandyTown the sweetest thing for visitors of all ages?

CandyTown 2017

When: Saturday, November 25, 12 to 7 pm
Where: Mainland Street in Yaletown
Price: Free

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