With December mere days away, it’s time to lean into all things festive, cozy, and bright. To help get you in the holiday spirit, the historic neighbourhood of Gastown is transforming into a spectacular extravaganza with roaming mariachi bands, quirky elves, and plenty of seasonal delights to go around.

Inspired by the iconic New York City holiday storefronts at Saks Fifth Avenue, the weekly pop-up by the Gastown Business Improvement Society will feature free ballet performances from Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Mixed Nuts production.

“Gastown truly comes alive with magic during the holidays, and we’re thrilled to extend the spirit of Gastown Thursday Nights throughout the festive season,” says Walley Wargolet, Executive Director of the Gastown BIA.

“This December, our neighbourhood will be vibrant with live music, fantastic shopping, delectable food and drinks, and captivating interactive window displays.”

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gastown thursday
Photo via Gastown Business Improvement Society

In addition to free music and dance performances, visitors can expect he return of the much-loved “Kiss Me In Gastown” installations, which features mistletoe crafted by local florist Floba.

The mistletoe displays will be scattered across Gastown and left up until January 6th.

The experience will take place every Thursday from November 30th to December 21st, so you’ve got plenty of time to check out a variety of festivities. This first Thursday, the pop-up will run from 6 to 7:30 pm.

However, the weekly festivities will continue from 4 pm to 7 pm on the following consecutive Thursdays.

On Thursday, December 7th, Los Dorados Mariachi Band will perform, followed by the East Van Horns on December 14th and the Nerdy Elves on December 21st, respectively.

So there you have it, Vancouver! It’s time to make the most of the city’s late-night holiday shopping, happy hours, and enjoy some after work entertainment.

Gastown Thursday Nights 

When: Every Thursday from November 30th to December 21st
Where: Gastown