It seems like Christmas festivities creep up faster and faster each year—Starbucks, we’re looking at you with those holiday drinks that rolled-out a day after Halloween—but no one is really complaining.
Those who have no problem with early holiday activities will be happy to know that a free and family-friendly Christmas festival will take place later this month.
Yaletown’s CandyTown returns on November 24 (noon to 7 p.m.) to the heart of the trendy neighbourhood. In its seventh year, attendees will find plenty of food drink, and activities, and entertainment.
Expect to take photos with Santa and the Ice Queen, watch an artist conduct Santa sleigh ice-carving, or check out a candy kebob-making workshop at the Candy Hut. Roaming gingerbread men will also be on-site, and specialty cocktails will be available for guests who want something stronger than hot chocolate.
A gift market will feature artisanal goods such as home décor and pet accessories, which can be a great place for some Christmas shopping. Horse-drawn carriage rides by donation will also take place outside the Roundhouse Community Centre Turntable.
New activities at this year’s CandyTown include an interactive public disco station, an inflatable igloo, a pop-up Christmas tree lot, and a demonstration stations hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium and Science World.
Guests 19 years and above can also partake in a self-guided CandyTown cocktail tour. Meanwhile, dessert-lovers can satisfy their sweettooths with popular food trucks like Gary’s Kettle Corn, Sable Shortbread, and the Cannoli King, among others.
"CandyTown has expanded with more holiday jolliness for everyone with two new blocks at Hamilton and Davie," said Annette O'Shea, executive director of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, in a press statement. "More fun, more dancing in the streets, and more reasons to visit Yaletown with Vancouver's first Christmas igloo!"