German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Returns, Nov. 24 – Dec. 24

Photo credit: Vancouver Christmas Market

Yearning for more than a mall and a red Starbucks cup? The hotly-anticipated Vancouver Christmas Market, an authentic German-style Christmas market, returns to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in downtown Vancouver, Nov. 24 -Dec. 24.

The holidays Vancouver Christmas Market-style are romantic, aromatic and twinkly. Stroll inside the village gate into a world of rustic wooden huts surrounding a soaring Tannenbaum festooned with thousands of lights. Partake in Glühwein, sausages, stollen, and gingerbread. Browse Christmas decor and gifts such as nutcrackers, Lauscha glass ornaments, beer steins and wooden trains.

Holly & Jolly. Photo credit: Vancouver Christmas Market

If you bring the family, it’s easy to keep the kiddos entertained. There’s a gingerbread cookie and chocolate lollipop decorating station. Holly and Jolly, the market’s memorable gingerbread men mascots, are on hand for hugs and photo opps. Perhaps the biggest draw is the old-fashioned carousel – the  only carousel in downtown Vancouver.

Photo credit: Vancouver Christmas Market

Other perks?  Besides the seasonal handicrafts and German treats (like marzipan) that work as gifts, it’s worth stopping by the market for a festive lunch or dinner any day of the week. You’ll find a great selection of German beer (including Krombacher Pils,  Christmas-y Krombacher Dunkel and Ayinger Bräu-Weisse), plus traditional hot food such as brats, Bavarian meatloaf, schnitzel, Schupfnudeln (rolled noodles), Brataepfel (stuffed baked apples), crepes and raclette.

Get involved with Christkindlmarkt charm Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 11am-9pm, and Dec 24, 11am-6pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, except weekdays 11am-4pm, when it drops to $2. Youth (7-12) are $2. Kids (0-6) are free.

New in 2012, for every paid admission you will receive a free re-entry pass for the whole season.  In other words: Pay once and get for yourself multiple free entries. Find more details and directions here.

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14 Responses to German-Style Vancouver Christmas Market Returns, Nov. 24 – Dec. 24

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  2. Thanks Taraneh for writing such a beautiful piece about the Vancouver Christmas Market. We are looking forward to welcoming all your wonderful readers and tourists. And for those that would like to win some amazing prizes from the VCM, find us at . Prizes include $90 food voucher for up to 10 items and $150 GC to Find Finds Boutique in Yaletown.

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  4. A pleasure! I plan on visiting again this year with my newest family member :)

  5. I just moved to Berlin, and had never really experiences a Christmas market before. I just love it, and am so glad that I can visit them for almost 1 month more! Maybe it is just a German thing with Christmas Markets, but they should really try to have it in other parts of the world as well. So nice!

  6. bill

    expensive and a waste of time bad bad bad
    not worth the drive

    • Sorry to hear you had a bad experience Bill, feel free to send us any feedback about the market through our Facebook page, and we’ll be happy to take a look at your suggestions to see how we can make the market even better.

  7. Jill

    I was disappointed. I lived in Frankfurt for 3 years,and enjoyed the Christmas Market every winter. Vancouvers lacked the genuine aromas and interactiions. Very pricey for food. And come on…$6.00 for Ritter chocolate.nothing noteworthy for children. They were too short to look into the gift kiosks. ….won’t be back!

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  9. O’Malley

    Her blog covers a wide variety of lifestyle and entertainment topics, all from the perspective of a 30-something Vancouverite. She’s definitely a girl about town, so I’d consider her for one of your upcoming features. Marnie Bennett (MarnieBennett) on Twitter

  10. Very

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience Bill, feel free to send. airfare

  11. Cabinet’s Office

    It’s not that useful finding about events on the day they happen. Most people will read about it too late or will already have had plans. I’d have gone too had I known more in advance. click reference link

  12. movedcc

    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my. blog here

  13. Kil Rimin

    Having just returned from Britain and Germany this week and attended Christmas markets in both countries which were FREE to attend and much bigger with much more variety of stalls than than the very poor Vancouver effort, why does Vancouver think it can CHARGE potential customers for the privliledge of spending their money?
    I will NOT be spending money to spend money.