The countdown is on – it’s three more weeks till Christmas! Not to worry, we’ve got great Christmas Gift Guides for you, including gifts for mailing, and now, gifts for kids. Sure, kids can be easy to buy for, but not if you’re trying to avoid getting any Frozen merchandise. Check out our gender-neutral gift ideas for kids based on their early career choices, all available in and around our Kitsilano neighbourhood – we’re quite sure your little one will forget all about that popsicle princess.
Ah, the busy holiday season. Between rushing from store to store to find those perfect gifts, and the hustle and bustle that accompanies the busiest shopping season of the year, it’s easy to find yourself getting burnt out, no matter how much holiday spirit you have. Make sure to make time for yourself so you can relax, rejuvenate, and recharge – not to mention look your best for all those upcoming holiday parties! So whether you need a little alone time, or you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favourite busy bee, here is a great list containing five of the best places to pamper yourself in Kits.
5 Places to Pamper Yourself in Kits
1. Float House
While it may not be for everyone, Float House offers the ultimate in relaxation. Escape reality in the warm float tank (an isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank), which is said to “enhance one’s overall living experience. Quoted benefits include personal development, physiological benefits, and psychologist benefits, among others.
While we may not get enough snow at sea level to warrant a sleigh, you will have the opportunity take a horse and carriage ride through Kitsilano as a part of the Christmas festivities arranged by Shop West 4th. Horse and carriage rides take place Sunday, December 14 from noon to 4pm. Pick up and drop off will be at West 4th and Yew. Participation is by donation, so bring something non-perishable to give to the Vancouver Food Bank. Read more…
You gotta love tradition. Hundreds of UBC students celebrated their last day of classes November 29 with an icy plunge into the waters of Wreck Beach. The event was organized by by TheCalendar.Ca (UBC Party Calendar). Check out the full photo gallery of brave souls here. Click the image above to watch the video.
The amount of homes listed in Kitsilano (and across Vancouver) is dropping thanks to the upcoming holiday season, but there are still some great homes available. This week we’ll focus on Arbutus Walk and a few of the available listings in the neighbourhood that sits between Arbutus and Vine St, from West 10th to West 12th. Arbutus Walk is a newer residential area in Vancouver (think mid-1990’s and sooner) that has a great mix of townhouses, condos and green space in low rise buildings. The area is generally pretty quiet, with amenities on West Broadway and Arbutus nearby.
The following three listings all have open houses this weekend, so take a look, and let the LiveKitsilano Team know if you have any questions. To view all homes in Kitsilano with an open house this weekend, take a look here: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/ Read more…
Retailers on West 4th Ave are well prepared for Black Friday on West 4th with a slew of good deals. As you know, many of our retailers are owner-operated stores that have been on West 4th for decades. So don’t hop in your car and sit in traffic on your way south of the border. Shop local on November 28.
From 30% off bikes at Dizzy’s Cycles to 20-50% off fall footwear at Gravity Pope, and 25% off everything at Zulu, here’s where you’ll find Black Friday deals in Kitsilano: http://www.shopwest4th.com/blackfriday2014.pdf
First dates can be nerve-wracking enough without having to choose the perfect restaurant. Luckily, you have a wide range of fantastic, unique and romantic spots to choose from right in the neighborhood. While there are countless chefs that have put down roots in Kitsilano, we’ve put together a list of some of the brightest hidden gems guaranteed to wow your date.
5 Great First Date Restaurants in Kitsilano
Heads up, naughty motorists. Here’s how to get on the nice list this Christmas. You can get rid of your unpaid parking tickets this morning, November 27, from 7am to 11am. How? If you owe Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) for some parking tickets, you can make the debt disappear at Impark’s annual “Toys for Tickets” event. Read more…
Naughty or nice, giving your kid(s) the opportunity to sit on Santa Clause’s lap to discuss toy requests has to be one of the most memorable holiday experiences for them and you. Whether they screech at the site of the big guy or pull his beard to test if it’s real or not, photo ops of these moments are priceless. Here is our round-up of the 6 best places to meet Santa in Vancouver.