You know it’s really the Christmas season when your toes are freezing, but it’s okay because you’ve got a mug of hot glühwein in your hands. The Vancouver Christmas Market is open! Returning to its new home at Jack Poole Plaza means a much roomier experience.
Walk-in Christmas tree
Who’s been INSIDE a Christmas tree? New this year to the Market is Vancouver’s first walk-in Christmas tree. Decked out with 36,000 twinkling lights, it is sure to put you in the spirit (plus it’s probably dry in there.)
Sausages, glühwein, waffles on a stick
Remember to go with an empty stomach. There’s bratwurst, pretzels and glorious glühwein – the best mulled wine you’ll ever taste! And all kinds of other fun things to nibbleon: Swedish mini pancakes, schnitzel, waffles, traditional German dumplings, Scottish shortbread, and Mandelhaus roasted almonds.
Gifts and ornaments
The Christmas ornament options at the Market are always impressive. But be sure to take a walk through the Käthe Wohlfahrt tent to take a look at some intricate and mesmerizing traditional German ornaments and decor.
Carousel, choirs, crafts and Santa
The beautiful carousel is back (For two and up and 36 inches tall), and you’ll be able to catch choirs (and fun bands) performing regularly on the stage in the middle of the market. And if that’s not enough, 4Cats arts and crafts stops will be setup throughout the market. And of course. Santa will also be on-hand to charm the children and smile for the traditional Christmas photo.
Christmas Market #protips
Parking can be expensive and a bit of a production so plan to take your time and transit is your best friend. You can take your stroller into the market, but at peak times, it can get crowded.
While almost everything is outside, the new location at Jack Poole Plaza offers a covered eating area (hurrah!) Still, dress warmly and pack an umbrella! Most food sold at the Market is very walk-and-eat friendly though: waffles on a stick, sausages in buns, that kind of thing. If you book your tickets online, you can turn them into a season’s pass for free. Weekday lunch hours can be very busy, as everyone from the surrounding offices comes down to eat, but weekday afternoons are nice and calm.
Vancouver Christmas Market
November 22 – December 24 , Jack Pool Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre