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‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is upon us and, while it might be a bit too early (for most) to start setting up your own trees and lights, it’s not too early to start enjoying some of the more budget friendly festivities around town. So I’ve compiled a little list of fun student budget friendly events happening around town over the next few weeks!


Candy Town

Today, (Saturday Nov. 21st) from noon-7pm, the Yaletown BIA will be hosting their annual Candytown celebration. This event seems to only get more popular each year, and with all the fun (and free!) activities they have to offer, it’s no wonder why. So stop down for a day of horse carriage rides, candy making, ice carving demos, live street performers and musicians!

CandyTown Horses

Eastside Culture Crawl

East Side Culture Crawl

Take in some local art in this year’s East Side Culture Crawl. Running until Sunday, this is a great chance to check out a variety of styles from different artists across the East Side. If you’re looking to check out something a bit more unique, stop by the Parker Street Studios for Jesse Töso’s Chainsaw Carving Demonstration from 3-4 on either Saturday or Sunday.

Jesse Töso Octopus

Lighting of the Vancouver Christmas Tree

Vancouver Tree Lighting

Get ready to start feeling real festive! The annual Vancouver Christmas tree is going to be lit in fine holiday fashion on Friday Dec. 4th at Jack Poole Plaza. This is not only a free event where you can get in the holiday spirit, but there will also be entertainment provided by the Showstoppers, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and a Canada Post tent where you can send letters to Santa!! Also, Santa and his elves will be on site if you feel like talking to him directly. Plus, if you’re willing to dish out a few dollars, Beaver Tails and Mom’s Grilled Cheese food trucks will be on site selling more delicious treats.


I hope you enjoy these fun activities and I can’t wait to check back in next month with the full-fledged festive line up of post-exam activities for those of you staying in Vancouver. Cheers!