Vancouver Christmas Market – November 24 to December 24, 2011 (video)

The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event! Building on the success from last year, this year’s Market layout is further enhanced by better pathways, fewer lineups, less congestion, and a significantly better variety of gifts and endless choices of traditional food and drink.

More than just a craft fair, this authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, strolling through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. In each hut discover terrific food and drink and a wonderful array of Christmas gifts.

During the pre-Christmas season, the Market is the perfect destination for combining an outing with friends and family with some Christmas shopping. Business people will find it a fun meeting place for a quick bite during lunch time or a drink after work (be sure to use the 2 for 1 Lunch Pass!). With a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events, it also becomes a place for people to enjoy and mingle before a night on the town. A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel. School groups of all ages, social clubs and senior organizations will make a visit to the Market an annual tradition.

The centre piece of the Christmas Market will be a festively decorated stage which creates a unique Christmas atmosphere when surrounded by more than 45 traditional wooden booths and rows of Christmas trees with thousands of fairy lights.

There will be a mix of food and merchandise booths including some specialties such as German Bratwurst, suckling pig and Swiss Raclette, traditional Christmas cookies, Lebkuchen, roasted chestnuts, baked apples and spiced Christmas Cake (Stollen). Beverages will include the famous German Christmas Drink (Feuerzangenbowle) and authentic hot spiced red wine (Gluehwein) and a selection of German beers (Weissbier).

The merchandise will include authentic wood carvings and wooden toys, knitted clothes and scarves, Christmas pyramids and tree balls, tin toys, stain glass, nutcrackers in various sizes as well as advent wreaths. You can find unique gifts such as glass jewelry, Polish pottery, organic baby clothes or German beer steins.

During the daytime and evening hours Vancouver Christmas Market will offer a kaleidoscope of performances, including traditional European choirs and dance performances, world class string ensembles, worldly gospel choirs and festive carol singers. The Pavilion Stage will also host daily feature kid’s activities and a variety of school choirs and bands will show off their talent during their performances on stage.

Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of hosting world-class events. The Vancouver Christmas Market will change the way Vancouverites celebrate the Christmas season.

Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. A truly enchanting atmosphere.

Tickets

Daily Admission Rates (including HST)
Adult (13 + years) $5 Mon — Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $2 Special! Mon — Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 — 12 years) $2
Child (0 — 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets
Photos with Santa Weekdays from 2pm-4pm. $10 to $25 for photo packages

Multiple Entry Season Pass – $15.00 Valid for all Market days, includes entry for 1 adult plus 2 persons aged 12 or under

Christmas Passport – Only $24.95. Get one free Season’s Pass for the Vancouver Christmas Market ($15.00 Value) when you buy the Christmas Passport at the market!

For only $24.95, the Christmas Passport is Vancouver’s best holiday deal and provides great Christmas discounts at VanDusen Gardens, Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver’s Museum, Art Gallery, Symphony & Ballet. Enjoy Vancouver attractions, museums, restaurants, entertainment & more!! Save hundreds of dollars this Christmas & beyond!! Valid to April 30, 2012.

2 For 1 “Bring a Friend” Lunch Pass -$2
Bring your colleague for lunch to the Vancouver Christmas Market and get one free entry!

Print the lunch pass and present it at the VIP Ticket Counter. Valid Monday-Friday 11:00am- 2:00pm.

Vancouver Christmas Market - November 24 to December 24, 2011 (video)

James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email james@hellovancity.com