The Vancouver Christmas Market is modeled in the centuries-old tradition of Germany’s Christkindlmarkts, a seasonal gathering that celebrates the spirit of Christmas by bringing people from various villages together over food, drink, and festivities. Traditionally, each village brought regional delicacies to the celebration, allowing people to share stories, craftsmanship, and cuisine. The Vancouver Christmas Market does this in kind by bringing together more than 80 local artisans and vendors from late November through Christmas Eve each year.
The Christmas Market is set up to look like a European-style Christmas village, complete with twinkling lights, red huts, and the smell of cinnamon-spiced apple cider in the air. Visitors can accomplish their holiday shopping at the market with a number of handcrafted gifts made by local artisans. Adding to the merry holiday spirit are, well…spirits - primarily German and Austrian beers and mulled wine known as Glühwein, which pair well with schnitzel, chimney cakes, gingerbread, and a number of other epicurean delights.
An extensive line-up of holiday-themed entertainment such as the Christmas Carousel, the market-wide scavenger hunt, Flying on Santa’s sleigh with mascots Holly and Jolly, and Santa himself keep the kiddos happy and entranced in this winter wonderland. Adults enjoy performances on the Flying Stage, walking through the lit archway of Lover’s Lane, and visits to the WunderBAR.
The yuletide celebration does require tickets to attend, but upgrading to a season pass is just $1 more. Tickets go on sale on October 1st each year. The event is so popular that lines can be long especially as Christmas approaches, so visiting earlier in the season is recommended for a more leisurely experience of the market.