CandyTown – Yaletown Holiday Festival

CandyTown Yaletown Winter festival 2013
CandyTown Yaletown Winter festival 2013

Saturday November 23 from 12pm – 9pm

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is proud to announce the 2nd annual free outdoor Christmas festival – Candytown. Last year, an estimated 15,000 people came out to Candytown to kick off the holidays.

Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transformMainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.

This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and sure to get people into the Christmas spirit.

Featured Activities:

  • “All I Want for Christmas” Gift Market
  • Free Horse Carriage Rides
  • Live Music
  • Ice Carving Demo
  • Visits with Santa
  • Candy Making
  • Yaletown Rotary Club Xmas Tree Lot
  • CandyTown Cocktail Tour



6th Annual West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

One-Stop Holiday Shopping, Festive Cooking, and ‘Pet Santa’ at 6th West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace

West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace  Nov 22 – 24, 2013

Anna Olson Headlines Home for the Holidays Stage

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada – One of Western Canada’s largest holiday season shows, the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace returns for its sixth year on November 22, 23, and 24, 2013 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. The West Coast Christmas Show brings together unique gifts by artisans and commercial brands, holiday-related food, personal services, and festive seminars and workshops to help attendees prepare for and celebrate the holiday season. Food Network Canada’s Anna Olson will be on the Home for the Holidays Stage to show visitors how to make dishes that will wow your Christmas dinner table.

Anna Olson

Anna Olson

Nearly two hundred businesses will offer one-of-a-kind products. Visitors can identify items made by artisan crafters by looking for the “Select Artisan” signs at the show. Some of the expected popular items and companies this year follow below.

For the wardrobe:

One Leaf Creations Leather Retro Satchel




For the home:

Clayfun Creations



For your table:



  • Tea Sparrow subscription based Tea Box of 4 premium loose leaf teas monthly
  • Trugs Gourmet Foods’ Hidden Garden Foods: Gluten-free cookies with hidden vegetables


For the family:


Would Boards

New for this year, Santa will be available for photos with visitors and their pets. Network for Animals will provide professionally taken photos and 100% of donations will go to back to the organization. Pets (not including snakes or reptiles) may only come in for photos and then must be removed from the venue due to health regulations. For photo hours, please click here. For more information on Network for Animals, visit

Other returning traditions of the show include the musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage, on which many Fraser Valley schools will participate, and the Festival of Trees, created by local charitable organizations competing for a cash prize. The Fraser Valley G Scale and friends will display their steam-operated model train, and the Fraser Valley Model Club will showcase models made by their members. Children ages 8 and older will be introduced to model making as a hands-on hobby by participating in make and take sessions, making airplanes and cars such as the Hummer, Corvette, and Lamborghini.


Also returning are the popular Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminars, where visitors sample a variety of cheeses from across Canada. 99 Nursery & Florist will be on site to provide plant & poinsettia baskets and other seasonal home décor items.

Event Details

Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 for adults online. Admission is free for children 16 and under. For tickets and more information, visit

Friday, November 22, 11am-9pm
Saturday, November 23, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, November 24, 10am – 5pm

TRADEX Address: 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

CC: Press Release

Annual Vancouver Christmas Market Returns


Food, Fun & Christmas Cheer – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market 2013
Vancouver Christmas Market 2013

Vancouver, BC – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The beloved annual Vancouver Christmas Market opens for its fourth year November 22nd to December 24th, 2013, transforming Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza into a festive wonderland for the holiday season. Now with two extra days, the Vancouver Christmas Market offers all the old-world tradition, cultural festivities and general “Gemütlichkeit” of a traditional German Christmas market, right in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Christmas Market has become known as one of British Columbia’s most delightful holiday attractions. The much-anticipated event is a magical outdoor experience, featuring more than 45 traditional wooden huts decorated with thousands of twinkling white lights, all showcasing an assortment of vendors selling authentic food, handcrafted decorations, sweets and gifts. There is always something new to experience at the Market; by day or night, this is the perfect place to immerse yourself in a beautiful, festive atmosphere that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

For the price of any paid admission, visitors will be given a FREESeason’s Pass so they can enjoy the Market time and again throughout the 33-day event. Also, come early on weekdays to beat the crowds and enjoy 2-for-1 lunch admission, making the Market the perfect place to grab a delicious midday meal with colleagues and friends. Cultural entertainment, Christmas carols, and beautiful performances will highlight your stroll through the Market as you shop for gifts, enjoy a cup of authentic Glühwein, and take a spin on downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel.

For more information visit

Vancouver Christmas Market 2012

Event:  2013 Annual Vancouver Christmas Market
Dates:   November 22nd to December 24th
Hours: 11am to 9pm, daily
Location:    Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, downtown Vancouver
Admission: Adults (13+): $6 – Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm & Weekends 11am-9pm
Adults (13+): $3 Special! Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7-12): $3
Child (0-6): FREE
Carousel Rides: $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets