The Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating their tenth anniversary, with their German-themed market returning to Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 through Tuesday, December 24th, 2019.
Over 80 huts will serve up European food, decorations, toys, and other crafts. Plus there’s live music, a carousel for the young and young at heart to ride, and of course, Santa Claus himself.
Tickets are available for purchase online or at the market itself. The Vancouver Christmas Market opens daily from 11:30 am PST and closest 9:30 pm PST, except on Christmas Eve, when it closes at 6:00 pm PST.
With the weather getting cooler, a German tradition is just around the corner. The Vancouver Christmas Market will light up the plaza in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from November 24th to December 24th, 2012.
The Christmas market is a little slice of Europe in the downtown core. Sample delicious German fare; savoury bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut, thick Schupfnudeln, and of course Schnitzel. Mugs of Feuerzangenbowle and Glühwein will keep you warm during the transition from fall to winter.
In between snacking, take some time to browse through dozens of kiosks offering baked treats, tableware (including beer steins), endless ornaments and decorations. Kids can enjoy a ride on a carousel or explore the Kids’ Market where they can try their hand at decorating ginger bread or chocolate lollipops.
No Christmas market is complete without the sounds of the season. The gazebo in the centre of the market will feature a variety of musical performances from local bands, choirs, schools and other groups.
Admission to the Vancouver Christmas Market is $5.00 Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm PST – 9:00 pm PST, and 11:00 am PST – 9:00 pm PST weekends, $2.00 Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am PST until 4:00 pm PST. Plus, paid admission includes the ability to re-enter the market during its operation.
Guten tag! A German tradition has finally arrived in Vancouver – the christmas market. With the weeks leading up to Christmas, all kinds of vendors set up stands to sell their wares and creations in a jolly environment.
The Vancouver Christmas Market aims to recreate that feeling, but in a watered down version. The traditional wooden huts are decorated with branches of pine, coloured balls and mini figures of Santa Claus and aren’t very large, but are overflowing with various goodies. It’s a very nice mix of central Europe with different foods, toys, ornaments, clothing and entertainment.
One of the larger tents held unique ornaments from Käthe Wohlfahrt. A variety of miniature wooden ornaments greets you as upon entering before being introduced to glass and other decorations made of wire or small gentle birds with real feathers. Larger wooden figurines stood at the end near the cash registers. I found it to be a little pricey, but there’s something in there for just about everyone.
Customary German fare is served up from bratwurst to stollen and even suckling pig. You can also purchase special ciders (with or without alcohol) that come in small blue ceramic mugs made just for the market for $8 ($4 if you return the mug). There are so many choices, you won’t leave feeling hungry.
For the young ones, there’s also a covered area where kids can go in and make their own crafts, but with a small price for each activity ($6 individually).
In the centre of the market is a festooned gazebo that acted as a stage for music and dance, with different displays each day. While I was there, a group dressed in traditional Croation garb were performing a folk dance.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is nestled in the plaza just outside of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the corner of Hamilton Street and Georgia Street. Admission if $5 for adults (13 years and up), but there are discounts during the week days. Bring cash, as admission and many of the vendors do not accept plastic. Come early on weekends or go during the week when it isn’t crowded to enjoy more of the market. The market is open until Christmas Eve.