What would the holidays be without a little mischief under the mistletoe? Mysterious sprigs of mistletoe are starting to pop up around the city with only a #VanKiss label on their bright red post.
This fun, annual tradition first began in 2013 when a group identified only as the “#VanKiss Elves” first tweeted about the smooching stations. Since then, several hundred kisses have been photographed and posted on social media.
The mistletoe is back for the 2016 holiday season, so we’re challenging you to take a selfie with your sweetheart at one (or all) of the 2016 locations!
Each location of the #VanKiss mistletoe is a mystery until they pop up, adding to the mystery behind the whole thing. However, there have been rumours of quite a few sprigs of mistletoe this year.
The mistletoe is typically mounted on brackets to trees, street lights, and poles around the city. It’s like a treasure hunt with a very special surprise at the end!
When reached for comment by CBC, one of the elves said in an email that the aim of the project is to connect and engage people in Vancouver during the holidays. “As a free and accessible initiative, we hope to spread joy and happiness to everyone.”
We’ve compiled a list of rumoured locations of the mistletoe so you can check it out for yourself. Some ideas of where to find the smooching stations include:
- Next to the steam clock in Gastown
- Near the London Drugs on Broadway and Cambie
- Outside Chapters on Granville at Broadway
- On Denman near Comox by the 2 Kebab stands
- Pacific Street near David Lam Park
- Robson Street in front of the Whole Foods (close to Robson and Cardero)
- Outside Parlour restaurant in Yaletown
- In front of La Vie en Rose on 14th and Granville
- Near the Telus World of Science
Other rumoured locations include Mount Pleasant, West 7th, and Davie Street. If you’ve spotted a #VanKiss mistletoe station somewhere that isn’t included in the list above, let us know in the comment section!