If you follow our Yaletown restaurant on Facebook then you know that we’re closed for the rest of the holiday season, from December 17 through to January 15. While we most certainly appreciate that many of our loyal customers have to hold off on enjoying their favorite food and beverages, our patrons also appreciate that we’re a family run operation and understand that we let our staff spend the holidays with family. That being said, we’re not about to leave you out in the cold as one of the official ambassadors to the neighborhood. That’s why we’re sending you off into Christmas with a hit list of things to do to help you and yours celebrate the days ahead.
5 Things to Do to Celebrate the Holiday Season When in Yaletown Vancouver
1. Go Christmas Shopping
After recognizing the true meaning of Christmas, the next synonymous thing to the holidays for many is shopping. Yaletown offers a slew of opportunities to fill your stockings and sleighs.
Do you, your friends, and loved ones have a sweet tooth during Christmas? It’s OK that CandyTown, the official holiday festival in the community, has already passed (late November) because you can get your fix at Karameller Candy Shop on Mainland Street or a choice of boxed baked goods and pastries from the numerous cafes which line the blocks that make up the community.
The are also many boutique shops that carry items your gift recipients won’t get anywhere else. Walk into shops such as Cross Decor & Design on Homer Street, Fine Finds on Mainland, or Goorin Hat Shop on Hamilton to see what we mean. You can spend an entire afternoon shopping up and down the streets of our festive little neighborhood.
2. Find Holiday Spirits
On any other day (outside of Dec 17 to Jan 15) we’d invite you on by to enjoy the great selection of spirits concocted from behind our bar. But given that we’re on hiatus until the New Year, you’re welcome to find a special bottle to take with you and enjoy with those you love best. There’s a great little wine shop (Swirl) up on Mainland that has a very festive selection at this time of the year. There is also a Liquor Store on Hamilton with a solid lineup to impress craft beer enthusiasts.
3. Take a Walking Tour
You don’t need a super detailed agenda to enjoy a Christmas season day in Yaletown, well, aside from this one. All you really need to do is grab a peppermint mocha or gingerbread latte and take a walk. The Yaletown BIA introduced Yaletown History Board signage along the sidewalks of the neighborhood awhile back. This will serve as a great casual guide if you’re not already familiar with the area, so just bundle up and go for it. But be sure to free up storage space on your smartphone because the streets are crowned with Christmas lights, including a magical space with a blanket of overhead lights just behind the Yaletown skytrain station.
4. All Aboard the Polar Express
If you’re coming to Yaletown with the kids then you must stop by the Yaletown Roundhouse community centre. Not only will you find the historic CPR train engine within Engine 374 Pavilion, there is the Christmas Mini Train on site between now and December 23, Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 8 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Grownups and kids alike can hop on and take a turn around the iconic Engine 374, also informally known as the Polar Express at this time of the year.
5. Take a Boat Tour
Another fun feature found along the docks of Yaletown is the AquaBus which offers an unscheduled tour (you can go anytime during the normal hours of operation) of the harbor and False Creek. You’ll enjoy seasonal sights that include boat masts and waterfront homes decorated with Christmas lights while getting the opportunity to hop on and off stops at Olympic Village and Granville Island, festive across-water neighbors to our fine community.
Once again, we most certainly appreciate your patience while we enjoy our families at this special time of the year. We hope that you are able to do the same. And when 2018 arrives we’ll be here for you once again, welcoming you into our fold as Yaletown’s community gathering place through all four seasons.