CandyTown at Yaletown is right around the corner! To prepare you for this year’s event, check out our round-up of things to do.
1. Maples Sugar Shack
This is arguably the most classic Canadian sweet treat! Maples Sugar Shack is a Squamish-based company producing small batch artisan maple syrup products, including maple sugar, maple butter, and much more. Kids can watch as hot maple syrup is poured onto fresh clean snow and rolled up into a delicious flavourful snack on a stick.
2. Live Ice Sculpture Carving
Live ice sculpture carving will take place during the day at CandyTown, this year with two stations! Follow the rumble of chainsaws and the tinkle of chipped ice to Helmcken Street and to Yaletown Park to check out three frozen life-sized hockey players, and to witness other mystery characters and objects emerge from solid blocksof ice!
3. All I Want For Christmas Market
Of course, Christmas isn’t complete without an artisan street market – after all, handcrafted goods make the best gifts. Visitors can stock up on clothing, décor, pet accessories, jewelry and flora at the “All I Want for Christmas” market, featuring local vendors like 3H Craftworks (handmade sock puppets, stockings and tea cozies), Standout Boutique (exquisite jewelry), Divine Vines (gorgeous flowers arrangements), Woo To See You boutique and others.
4. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Through Yaletown
After the excitement of meeting their favourite Christmas characters, tired tots (and parents) can take a rest during a picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundle along Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise, with a suggested $ 2 donation to B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses.
5. Food, Glorious Food!
CandyTown’s tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival with interactive candy-making demonstrations and sweet treats available for purchase. Visit the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs, and take the adults only self-guided cocktail tour to sip special holiday cocktails from OPUS Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery and many more. Have a sweet tooth? You won’t want to miss the tantalizing array of goodies offered by such purveyors as Bluebird Cakery, The Good Chocolatier and Boulangerie La Parisienne. Heartier appetites can flock to food trucks REEL Mac and Cheese, Old Country Pierogi and Tacofino, as well as restaurant favourites offered by Earls Kitchen + Bar, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.
Tips for adults: while CandyTown is the perfect holiday festival for kids, parents and adults can enjoy some “naughty-list” activities and treats, such as warming up at the OPUS Bar with holiday themed martinis, hanging out with local firemen and donating to the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund (you’ll get a hot calendar to combat the winter chills), and popping into Yaletown’s unique boutiques for some indulgent holiday shopping.
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: Mainland Street (heart of Yaletown)
Time: 12:00pm until 7:00pm