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Canyon Nights @ Capilano Suspension Bridge

image1There’s a lot going on in and around Vancouver during the holiday season, but Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge just might take the cake for most festive (and fun!) Although the Cap Suspension Bridge is often thought of as a tourist playground (which isn’t exactly un-true during the spring/summer time), Canyon Nights transforms the park into a “winter wonderland” that locals (and toursits) alike are sure to appreciate. To avoid long lineups and a crowded park, I’d recommend checking it out on a weekday evening. With hundreds of thousands of lights decking out the park, suspension bridge, cliff walks, cafes and shopping areas, it truly is a sight to see.

It’s crazy to think how much time and effort must go into setting up for Canyon Lights, but it’s well worth the admission price ($32.95) – which may seem a bit steep, but if you’re a BC resident the admission price actually gets you a multiple-use pass that’s good year-round! It’s a great way to spend an evening with friends, family or a special someone. After you’re done taking a walk through the park and throughout the canyon walks, you can grab a spiked hot chocolate (Baileys & hot cocoa) or a craft beer at the outdoor cafe (reasonably priced at about $6 per drink!) There’s also plenty of food and snacks available, as well as gingerbread decorating for the kids (or young at heart). There was a live band performing in front of the souvenir shop when we checked it out last week as well (so festive…)

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The Sociables recommends you check out Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Nights before it closes on January 3rd! For full details and more info, check out Capilano Suspension Bridge’s website.

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Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

This past Monday, LuvnGrace threw a VIP Christmas Party at Pink Elephant Thai, which included fashion shows from Timeline Boutique, Smooch Boutique Swimwear & Element 7 Style. The venue was packed, housing hoards of models, photographers, media pro’s and a few notable Vancouver names.

Smooch Boutique showcased a very diverse line of edgy women’s swimwear, with pieces that were young, playful and (at times) daring. With collection names like “Adore Me”, “All Dolled Up”, “Resort Chic” & “Lounge Chic” it’s obvious that there’s something here for every woman, for any occasion that calls for swimwear. Needless to say, the vision of swimsuits had just about everybody in the room longing for summer…

Timeline Boutique is a consignment shop specializing in high-end women’s wear, boasting brands like Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Fendi and Jimmy Choo. Timeline is one of only a handful of high-end consignment shops in Vancouver, and they offer up dozens of brands at up to 90% off retail. A friend who frequents Timeline said that a lot of the clothes they carry still have the tags on them (Christmas shopping, anyone?) Now, if only they carried menswear…

Last but not least was Element 7 Style – a company specializing in body jewelry. The brand makes cool, edgy pieces that can instantly dress up even the simplest of outfits. Most of the pieces have been “upcycled” – that is, made from a combination of vintage and new materials. I’ve actually been familiar with Element 7 for a while – the lead in a film I worked on in 2011 wore some of their pieces in several scenes, and just about every woman on set needed to know where they were from.

This was my first time visiting Pink Elephant Thai, so my friends and I sampled a few items off the menu – all of which were amazing. If you’re thinking of checking it out, I’d suggest wrangling a few friends and sharing one of their group platters (huge variety of food & good portion sizes). Their signature bright pink booths, in-house DJ, great menu and all-around cool vibe make for a great joint to grab some dinner, or have a few cocktails (or if you’re me, do both).

Who said Mondays couldn’t be any fun? ;)

Concord Pacific presents CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

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.