The Vancouver Christmas Market

It’s December! Michael has his Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar, and the countdown to the big day has begun. We haven’t yet put up any decorations, but we did have some Christmas fun this past weekend, in the form of the Roger’s Santa Claus Parade, and The Christmas Market.

The Christmas Market is a relatively new, but beloved, Vancouver Christmas tradition. It started 3 years ago, and is based on the traditional German Christmas Markets that are all over that country. Ours features an old-fashioned carousel, lots of food vendors, lots of hand-crafted goods for sale, and a live music stage. Oh–and did I mention that they also serve mulled wine? The Glühwein even comes in a china mug that is lovely to wrap your cold hands around. Warms you inside and out.

Glühwein for the grownups, apple cider for the kiddies...

Glühwein for the grownups, apple cider for the kiddies…

Michael and I got a whole VIP treatment: admission, carousel rides, and treats to eat. When we arrived, there wasa great Celtic band on stage called Sons of Granville, and then later on, the legendary Dal Richards took to the stage.

Here’s a bit of a photo essay on our night.

The Vancouver Christmas Market runs every day from 11 am until 9 pm, closing at 6 pm on Christmas Eve. It’s located just in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and admission is just $5 for adults, and $2 for kids, 6 and under are free.

A word to the wise: bring cash. Most of the vendors, especially food vendors, do not accept debit. There is a bank machine on the premises, but it’s one of those private ones that dings you with service fees.



Twitter: @vanchristmas

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  1. Thanks for all your wonderful tweets about the Vancouver Christmas Market. We’re glad that you both had a wonderful time. We appreciate all the great details you’ve shared as well as some great tips for your readers. P.S. I like the snow falling in your pictures, nice touch. Happy holidays Rebecca!

  2. […] Ah, The Christmas Market. So much to love. I’m a relatively new convert to the market–you can read about my first experience there last year here. […]

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