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YBIA Announces 8th Annual
Outdoor Holiday Festival, CandyTown

Winter is Coming to CandyTown with exciting new
activations for Vancouverites to experience

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) is proud to present its eighth annual CandyTown winter festival on Saturday, November 30th. Set to transform the Yaletown district into a winter wonderland, CandyTown is downtown Vancouver’s only free outdoor winter market and gathers locals and tourists alike for a one-day holiday extravaganza.

This year’s CandyTown will offer new and exciting elements including an adult focused “Winter is Coming” attraction. Within the attraction, visitors will find amazing ice sculptures and live swordplay demonstrations, in addition to a winter throne making for the perfect photo opportunity. Adding to the theme, Academie Duello will be on site for the “sleigh-ing” of the dragon, an amazing spectacle with swords and, of course, a dragon.

“CandyTown is a favourite amongst the Yaletown community, as well as us here at the YBIA,” says Annette O’Shea, Executive Director, YBIA. “We are pleased to be running CandyTown for its 8th year and collaborating with some of the city’s top local nonprofits to provide proceeds to their initiatives. This year’s event has a lot of exciting new elements that we can’t wait for Vancouverites to experience.”

Returning favourites to this year’s CandyTown include classic photos with Santa and The Ice Queen. Mainland Street will see roaming characters such as gingerbread men, candy canes and snowmen as well as various musical entertainers and vendors.

Yaletown is the perfect place to shop local and CandyTown offers visitors the chance to not only experience the festive decor and fun within the neighbourhood, but find the perfect holiday gift within the “All I Want For Christmas” street market. After working up an appetite shopping and exploring, attendees can sip and snack their way along the beautifully decorated Yaletown streets, with enticing restaurants on every corner. 19+ festive goers can participate in a popular self-guided CandyTown Cocktail Tour where participating restaurants such as Banter Room, House Special, Tasty Indian Bistro and MeeT offer an exclusive one day only holiday cocktail.

The YBIA is proud to support The Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) with proceeds from photos with Santa and the horse drawn carriage rides going directly to these organizations. Attendees can also donate to participating charities on site during this year’s CandyTown.

For more information on Candytown and the Yaletown Business Improvement Association’s many initiatives, please visit –

CandyTown Details

What – CandyTown 2019
Where – Yaletown: Mainland, Hamilton and parts of Davie St. When – Saturday, November 30th.
12pm – 7pm


About Yaletown Business Improvement Association

The Yaletown BIA is an independent nonprofit association of commercial property owners and business tenants who joined together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the Yaletown neighbourhood. Today, the Yaletown BIA is an organization capable of handling top-tier international opportunities such as the 2010 Olympics, hosting well-healed travel writers from around the world and producing outstanding public events that attract thousands of shoppers and diners annually. For more information, please visit





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