Shine Bright Shop Night's Walking Guide - 2022!

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Welcome to Shine Bright Shop Nights! Thursday nights in December enjoy an elevated shopping experience at all your favourite Downtown New West shops from 5 to 8pm.

Hang tight and follow the walking tour below to have a holly jolly time with drinks, art & festive cheer!  

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Start Off with a Hot Drink!  

Begin the tour at The Refill Stop (Map: 1). Hop into their eco-friendly store, get your sustainable gifts for the year and some FREE hot drinks (provided by Hive Café) to sip on for the first half of the tour (there's more later).  

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With your drink in your hand, walk on down to Hyack Square, where the stargazing begins. Have a look at Tony, the Slow snail (2), a glowing creature that represents the spirit of the evening as he encourages everyone to slow down and enjoy our personal journeys (just as you should enjoy the journey of Shop Nights!). Next, marvel at the light tunnel (3), our Hyack star (4) & snowflakes (5).  

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Make your way up the colourful River Market steps into the River Market (6). This market is like a library of amazing businesses to buy gifts from. 

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PLUS, here you can enter our GIVEAWAY by simply entering your name at Origins Chocolate bar. PS, at every shop, you can donate to the Don't Go Hungry Program through cash or e-transfer, which will provide food support to those in need. We're staying #TogetherNewWest this giving season!

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Head out of the River Market and into the lobby of Inn at the Quay (9) where you can snap gorgeous shots with their towering Christmas tree, and the boardwalk star outside (8). 

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Now make your way towards Front Street, either using the river market steps or the crosswalk close to the FRDC and look at the gorgeous art walk at Arrieta Art Studio (10). Once you’re done, have a look outside at our year-round catenary lights (11) & the Floralume (12) 

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Craving a boozy refreshment by now? Head up McKenzie Street next to the Floralume and hop in to Mila + Paige (13)! They’ll be serving free wine from Pacific Breeze, and you can browse through their clothing pieces while sipping.  

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Then head next door to Found Boutique (14), with killer tunes from a DJ and an array of items you HAVE to check out! Snap a pic with our Crown Swag light (15) outside before going to Good Omen (17) across from the Police Station. They’ll be serving free beer from Steel & Oak & inside their spectacular store, you can find handmade gifts that are both nourishing and useful.  

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Next, continue the art walk at Wonderpup Academy (17) where doggies can get their photos taken with the grinch! 

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We’re almost done! Have a look at the gorgeous art on the windows of Purpose Secondary (18) as you head to Pier Park. Finish your visit there with some last-minute photos at the glistening Lytton Square (19).  

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Thank you for joining us for Shine Bright Shop Nights. Share your memories on Instagram or Facebook and tag us @DowntownNewWest 

Still in the mood to have a drink? Places like the Paddlewheeler, Georgie's local and more have Happy Hours that start conveniently after Shop Nights. See the full details here

Shine Bright will last until January 31st, we welcome you to visit as much as you’d like and encourage you to support local all Winter long! <3

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