#KissMeInGastown is back! Alongside an AR COVID-friendly pop up to have fun within your bubble.

Gastown announces outdoor festive COVID-friendly activations for Vancouverites to enjoy this holiday season

Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood invites Vancouverites to shop local in Gastown and enjoy the return of the #KissMeInGastown mistletoe activation alongside a virtual augmented reality installation.

The Gastown BIA announces two holiday activations for Vancouverites to enjoy throughout December. Gastown is encouraging customers to continue supporting local businesses while safely enjoying two outdoor festive displays:

  • Glow Up! Gastown Augmented Reality (AR) in partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF): Come see an AR installation, inspired by the notorious maple tree, to create interactive glowing trees that will sprout out of Gastown’s cobblestone streets at three iconic locations. The installations were created by the VMF in collaboration with Gastown based augmented reality company, Shape Immersive.

The installation can be easily viewed by scanning a QR code decal on-site with a smartphone camera. Visitors are encouraged to share what they see on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #glowupgastown for a chance to win one of four $200 Gastown gift cards, donated by technology services company, Global Relay.


  • Maple Tree Square (across from the Plaza)

  • Abbott Street x Water Street

  • Cambie Street x Water Street (by the Steam Clock)

  • #KissMeInGastown: From December through to January 3, ten large mistletoes will be hung around Gastown – encouraging neighbourhood visitors to feel the festive spirit safely within their bubble.


Since Gastown Opened with Care in June, the neighbourhood has welcomed 16 new businesses into the community and continues to stand united to ensure that visitors, diners and shoppers stay safe through contactless shopping options, mandatory masks and consistent messaging of maintaining distance throughout Gastown.

For more information on Gastown happenings, visit gastown.org. Please see the fact sheet below for location breakdown.


The Gastown Business Improvement Society (GBIS) is a non-profit association created in 1989 as an organizing mechanism used by business owners and commercial property owners to work together to promote and enhance Gastown’s unique assets, improve conditions for businesses operating in the area and improve the quality of life for those who work in and visit the area (BIA – Business Improvement Area). The GBIS is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of both property and business owners from within the area who represent a broad range of members and community stakeholders.

Media release and images provided by Laila Namur, Yulu Public Relations.

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