Concord Pacific presents CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival
This past weekend, Mainland Street was transformed into Concord Pacific’s CandyTown – a free, family-friendly event that celebrated all things Christmas. Dozens of local businesses came out to support the event, with individual tents and stands set up, where patrons could purchase anything from mini doughnuts to hot chocolate to holiday ornaments to clothing.
For the most part, the event was aimed at families with kids. There was a small skating rink set up just behind the Yaletown Roundhouse Skytrain station, an adorable one-antlered baby reindeer to get your photo taken with, and, of course, a meet-and-greet with Santa. But, as with anything that’s free and aimed at families, the line-ups were outta countrol. Not everything required a wait, though – there were some live performers on-hand, including Christmas carollers and ice sculptors (which always blows my mind).
Having said all of the above, Concord Pacific didn’t forget about the grown-ups. Several restaurants in Yaletown participated in the CandyTown Cocktail Tour, where each restaurant offered up a unique holiday-themed drink.
All in all, I’d say it was worth checking out if you had 30 minutes to kill. Judging by the large crowds, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual tradition. It’s nice to have a holiday-themed alternative to the Vancouver Christmas Market (located at Georgia & Hamilton) which tends to be over-priced and over-crowded year after year.