Candytown is a street festival in Vancouver along Yaletown’s Mainland Street that features artisan, food and Christmas gift vendors in late November.
Vancouver’s Candytown Festival
In 2019 Candytown took place on Saturday, November 30th, in the 1100 block of Mainland Street in Yaletown. It ran from noon until 7 pm. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no Candytown event happened in 2020. Hopefully it will be back in 2021.
Marking the start of the winter holidays and Christmas shopping season, the one-day event is a free festival that usually features street performers, live music, market stalls and lots of shoppers.
What Happens at Candytown?
At Candytown the 1100 block of Mainland Street is lined with vendors selling everything from knitted winter scarves and hats to holiday candies and hot foods for lunch. There are also Christmas trees for sale, photo opportunities with Santa and the Ice Queen, ice carving demonstrations, and live music and performers in the street.
The event usually also features horse-drawn carriage rides. The cost for these is by donation.
As many as 15,000 people attend the event each year, so it’s a fair-sized street festival.
Advice and Suggestions
Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your Candytown experience:
TIP #1: Free horse-carriage rides are available starting just a block away in front of 1200 Pacific Boulevard. They can be lots of fun, but be prepared to wait in line. Get there early if you can!
TIP #2: Combine your trip with other fun activities in the area. For example, if it’s a sunny day, then go for a stroll afterwards along the nearby False Creek Seawall.
For more information about the Candytown event check out the Yaletown BIA website.
For a list of other events this month see Vancouver’s November Calendar.
For information on other winter holiday season things to do, click Top Christmas Events in Vancouver or the icon below.