You’ve made it to Shine Bright Downtown, now what?! Keep reading to find out where you can get FREE hot drinks, wine and beer, bump to some live music, and capture memories at a professional photo booth! This is our recommendation for how to perfect your Shine Bright Shop Night experience AND walk away with prizes! Follow the Maps Below!
Please note that our Shop Night on the 23rd has been cancelled in light of new Provincial health orders.
Start Off with a Hot Drink!
Start your evening by checking out The Refill Stop (Map: ‘A’), a shop located on Carnarvon Street. This store’s mission is to be the local zero-waste pit stop by the train station - making sustainability evermore accessible. Hop in their store to grab your FREE hot chocolate or coffee from Old Crow Coffee to sip on while you check out their amazing line of clean and sustainable products, most of which are local. The Refill Stop will refill YOUR own containers, so feel free to bring your own tumbler! You can also bring a jar or bottle so you can pick up your favourite products in bulk. If you’re in the mood for Hot Apple Cider, head next door to Essence Hair Design (Map: ‘B’) which isn't your typical hair salon! Here, you can browse through a regal collection of handbags from Italy, Himalayan Candles, men's products from France, so many other giftable finds!
Time for Some Stargazing
With your hot drink in hand, make your way down 8th Street and witness the stunning heart of Shine Bright - the Winter Galaxy at Hyack Square (Map: ‘1’). Take pictures of yourself and loved ones around these stars to look back on in the future plus, to enter in a contest valued at $80!
Strike a Pose
From here on, make your way up the colourful River Market overpass (Map: ‘2’) and continue walking to the River Market (Map: ‘F’); a market that houses some of the most charming places in New West, which have incredible items to gift your friends and family this season.
River Market stores open during Shop Nights:
Jolene’s Natural Soap
Longtail Kitchen (December 9th only)
If you are a lover of handmade goods, New West Craft will be hosting eight different artisans in the food hall.
At the end of the food hall near the windows along the boardwalk, there is a FREE professional photo booth. Strike a pose with all the special folks you have tagged along with and say cheese!
Carry on shopping, snap some photos, grab a quick bite at one of the many River Market eateries, and continue exploring Shine Bright Downtown!
Photo by @agnesklc on Instagram
Groove to Some Tunes
After finishing your adventure at River Market, walk down Quayside Drive and stop by the Floralume (Map: ‘3’) outside Old Crow Coffee. Then take a left on Begbie Street to go back up on Columbia Street. Here, you can walk alongside the shimmering trees & when you reach Mila + Paige (Map: 'C'), step inside to sip on some delectable wine from Pacific Breeze Winery. In its next-door neighbour, Found Boutique (Map: ‘D’), don’t forget to stop and bop to the Royal City Sound youth DJ’s who will be playing some great tunes to go along with the season. Inside both stores, you’ll find some stunning fashion & decor pieces to take home. Across the street, Purpose Secondary School will glitter blue and purple lights cascading down their glass.
Photo by @wondrous.wide.world on Instagram
While on Columbia Street, you can observe the gorgeous Swag Crown Light (Map: ‘4’) and from here, take a left to go up 6th Street to Good Omen (Map: ‘E’). They’ll be serving free beer from Steel & Oak & inside their spectacular store, you can find handmade gifts that are both nourishing and useful.
Photo of Good Omen by @markyuenvisuals on Instagram
Enter The Contests
Outside Mila + Paige & Found Boutique, you’ll notice a sandwich board with QR Codes. Scan the one that’s titled Shine Bright Contests and learn all about how you can share your photos at Shine Bright to social media with the hashtag #[twinkle emoji]DTNW & Tag us @downtownnewwest to enter a contest and win a prize worth $80! Are you private on Instagram? No worries, just DM us @downtownnewwest a screenshot of your post a few hours after it has been up and you're automatically in the draw! PLUS, Enter ANOTHER special contest to increase your chances of winning all the offered goods (you can only enter this at Shop Nights themselves!). Example posts for the photo contest are below:
And of course, the best has been saved for last. Turn right onto Fourth Street and enter Westminster Pier Park, where you’ll find stunning light displays (Map: ‘5’ & ‘6’) next to the gorgeous Waterfront. And keep snapping your pictures, they might help you win the photo contest!
Fun Fact: The displays bring light to the “Pile Forest” which is made up of old telephone poles (Map: ‘7’) that mimic what it would look like under the docks.
BONUS: The Shop Night is still young! Snap some quick photos with the beautiful backdrop of the floralume on the bridge coming down 6th street (Map: '8') and complete your photo album for Shine Bright 2021.
We hope you've enjoyed your Shop Night! Remember it runs on the 9th and 16th so you can come back and recommend your friends and family to come down here as well!