9th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

A treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), November 21 – December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30am to 9:30pm. The city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with an increased lineup of large-scale activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 220,000 visitors last season, the market remains one of Vancouver’s beloved holiday events in which to savour the abundance of authentic German-inspired sights, sounds, and flavours.

“Every season, families, couples, and friends make their annual pilgrimage to feast upon festive delights, warm themselves with mulled wine, shop for unique treasures, and share the Christmas cheer,” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “This year, we are thrilled to present even more engaging holiday experiences for visitors of all ages to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether gathering to indulge in traditional German delicacies, shopping together for that one-of-a-kind gift, or meeting with friends to take in a wide range of special events including Children’s Wish Weeks with an exclusive visit and on-site activity with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Deluxe Date Night, Kids Day, Club Christmas Thursdays, or Carousel Fridays, we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to celebrate this joyous time of year!”

Among this year’s expanded highlights is a cozy heated Alpine Lounge where visitors will be able to relax and enjoy hot beverages and delicious food in a warm holiday environment. Afterwards, guests can make their way outside to revel in the new Winterdeck located beside the Alpine Lounge, featuring a charming entrance arch, a giant lit up picture frame, and stunning views of the North Shore. Couples will delight in venturing down Lovers’ Lane – an Instagram-worthy 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. A Love Lock Installation will be placed near the tunnel to which lovers can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock’, serving as a beautiful symbol of love and partnership over the holiday season. Visitors will be dazzled by Santa in a 12-foot long sleigh floating underneath the Olympic Cauldron, and the return of Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree, glittering with 36,000 twinkling lights. These magnificent sights will provide the perfect backdrop for guests to take festive photos with family and friends and share in the magic of the season.

A huge draw to the Vancouver Christmas Market is its signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), German Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Strudels, Transylvanian Chimney Cakes, a selection of German beer, award-winning German style wine, and so much more. A variety of new local vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including organic vegan and vegetarian fare from the Organic Villa Vegan Haus, charcuterie from the Charcuterie Haus, sweet and savoury macarons prepared by Bon Macaron Patisserie, syrup-filled pancakes made by Mr. Hot Cakes, warm roasted chestnuts from JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts, and gluten free hard apple cider made by Howling Moon Craft Cider.

In addition to Deutschland delicacies and returning favourites – such as the Christmas Carousel and the Christmas Pyramid’s ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10 feet high above the market offering a lively line-up of daily festive entertainment, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures.

Families will enjoy a multitude of holiday activities including the market’s new Kinder Kraft Igloo sponsored by 4Cats Arts Studio, featuring a market-wide Christmas scavenger hunt for children, as well as free arts and crafts. The Santa Photo Hut also returns along with cookie decorating for kids at the Gingerbread Haus.

New events and highlights at the 9th annual Vancouver Christmas Market include:

Children’s Wish Weeks | November 23 to December 7
The Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation. During the market’s ‘Children’s Wish Weeks,’ please visit the market and make a donation to help raise $10,000 to make a deserving child’s wish come true.

Free Carousel Fridays | November 23, November 30 & December 7
Enjoy carousel rides on the Christmas Carousel offered by donation to Children’s Wish.

Shopping Day | November 25
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vancouver Christmas Market! This special day will feature one-day-only deals at gift vendors throughout the market.

Foodie Tuesdays | November 27 & December 4
A chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under.

Club Christmas | November 29, December 6, December 13 & December 20
Every Thursday, join us for some after-work drinks, and enjoy our new, later market hours as you bust-a-move with Vancouver’s coolest DJs at the Christmas Pyramid or belt out a tune at karaoke in the Alpine Lounge.

Kids Day | December 1
Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (13 and under) will be able to enter the market and enjoy rides on the Christmas Carousel by providing a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation.

Deluxe Date Night | December 5
Romance is always in the air at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but we’re hanging a little extra mistletoe for this special night of love! Enjoy 2-for-1 Entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors.

Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson Visits the Market | December 7
Calling all Vancouver Canucks fans! We are delighted to announce that in support of Children’s Wish Weeks, November 23 – December 7, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be on site to help make a child’s wish come true. Visitors who make a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him. Are you skilled enough to take him on?    

Tickets to the 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale!

Tickets: Adult $12, Seniors $11, Youth Age 7-12 $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.

Purchase online to enjoy an abundance of savings including discounted pricing. A Fast Pass is an upgrade available exclusively online that can be added on to a regular entry ticket for $5 per person.
This offers guests the option to enter through an express line at the entrance and the carousel.
A Fast Pass also includes a 2018 Season Pass and can be used throughout the entire season!

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com                 

Dates: November 21 to December 24, 2018: 11:30am – 9:30pm

 

December 24: Closed at 6pm
Ticket Prices:  Online Admissions: Adult $10, Seniors $9,Youth $5

 

(Add $5 for a Fast Pass and Season Pass)

Gate Admissions: Adult $12, Seniors $11,Youth $5

(Children under 6 are Free)

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

 

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3
Website:   vancouverchristmasm

Give the gift of warmth this Christmas #FuegoBox

Stuck for an idea for someone special on your Christmas List?

There’s ALWAYS that one person that is difficult to shop for at Christmas! Uncle Bob, your brother-in-law, or even your husband, that you wrack your brain trying to find that perfect gift for.

Forget about the standard packs of underwear and socks, or shaving kits and toiletries. Show them that you’ve put some extra thought into their gift this year.

Feugo Box is a great idea!

Spice up their holidays and all year long with this tasty subscription box that their sure to appreciate! Their first box will arrive with 1 or 3 full-sized bottles of hot sauce (depending on which box you choose) and a mini tasting notebook. And that’s just a Welcome Box! Shortly after, their 2nd box will arrive with a few more bottles to sample!

About Feugo Box

Fuego Box has scoured the Earth looking for the perfect craft and small-batch hot sauces for our boxes. We do not focus on insane heat or gimmicky sauces; we focus on dynamic taste accompanied by the appropriate amount of heat. Our goal is to deliver you the best hot sauces that you’ve probably never heard of.

What are you waiting for…Christmas?! Ha ha ha, pun totally intended!!

To order your Feugo Box subscription now, click on this link!

What’s for dinner? One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken.

Stuck for a dinner idea that the kids will eat and you’ll be able to whip up in about a half an hour?

This one-pot noodle and ground chicken dish will be devoured by all and definitely added to the weekly rotation!


Homemade One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken, turkey or beef

1 cup onion, diced

1 tsp EACH paprika, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt

½ tsp chili powder

2 tsp tomato paste for extra umami = flavor (optional)

14oz can coconut milk (you can use 1-1/2 cups regular milk or almond if you prefer) 

2 cups beef broth

2-1/2 cups short pasta (rotini, penne, cavatappi, whole wheat/ grain or gluten-free work as well)

1 cup cheddar cheese (you can sub in dairy-free cheese as well)

1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

Preheat a 10″ skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium heat.

Add in your ground meat and diced onion, brown.

Add in all the spices and tomato paste if using.

Stir in the liquids and noodles.

Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and turn the heat to low.

Simmer about 10-15 minutes until the noodles are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat, vent the lid, and let rest to absorb the remaining liquid for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cheese and Worcestershire, taste, add more salt if necessary, enjoy!

*I totally forgot to add the cheese and Worcestershire, but it still tasted awesome!

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

{{The Giveaway!}}

I’ve got a Family 4pk of passes to giveaway to this New Year’s Eve event for one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Add a healthy punch with #Seedibles {{Giveaway}}

Most kids are picky eaters.

It totally sucks when you’re trying to add variety into your mealtimes and your kids fight with you tooth and nail to eat the food that’s placed in front if them. Hubby and I even have to “assist” with getting the food from their forks into their mouths.

Yep…totally sucks! But we at least eat ours first. Kinda like the airplane instructions of getting the air mask on your face before assisting others.

I’ve been trying to add more whole grains to my kid’s diets but find it hard to get them to eat anything “seedy”. They aren’t fans of grainy breads or quinoa subbing in for rice, so I tried another route.

I’ve recently been introduced to Seedibles.

Seedibles

Seedibles are delicious and uber nutritious and can be added into any recipes. They are full of super seeds like flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth and then have all natural spices blended in to make great flavours.

QuinoaCool

We like to add Seedibles to our morning smoothies and I’ve even sprinkled CinnaWow onto cottage cheese!

CinnaWow can be used in all the “sweet” things your child loves to eat. It’s great on oatmeal, yogurt, mixed in pancakes or cookies!

CinnaWow

QuinoaCool is the perfect addition to lunches, snacks or dinners. It can blend in with pastas, tacos even grilled cheese sandwiches. Your child won’t even know it’s there.

Wanna try some Seedibles for yourself! We’ve got a pack each of CinnaWow and Quinoa Cool to give away to one lucky Raincity Mama reader! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Better Together Hands On Cook-Off Contest!

Do you have a foodie family?

Hands On Cook-off Contest

For the seventh year running, Better Together is hosting their Hands-On Cook-Off Contest!

This video contest is open to residents of British Columbia and runs from April 20th until noon on May 20th, 2016.

Enter

There are two categories that you can enter in:

  • To enter the Multigenerational category, at least two generations must be involved in the making of the video.
  • To enter the Youth category, at least two youth aged 18 and under must be involved in the making of the video. Videos must be no more than three minutes long once uploaded online; this requirement will be strictly enforced.

Vote

Vote for the video you think is the best in each category!

The video with the most votes in the Multigenerational category will win the People’s Choice award in this category and $300 cash.

Videos submitted in the Youth category have a chance to win a prize for their team and a prize for their school or youth program. The video with the most votes in the Youth category will win the People’s Choice award in the Youth category and $150 cash for their team plus $150 cash for their school or youth program of their choice.

Win

There are great prizes up for grabs. A team of 6 judges will determine the Grand Prize winner and the Runner Up winner for each category:

Ethan Adeland, Managing Director of Partnerships and co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada.
Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic.
Denise Marchessault, chef and author of the British Columbia from Scratch cookbook.
Claire Newell, official Travel Expert for Global BC and guest of CKNW radio 3 times per week.
Jennifer Pallian, Vancouver-based food writer and food photographer and owner of the Foodess blog.
Rola Zahr, Registered dietitian and Nutrition Educator Manager at BC Dairy Association.

Better Together BC

So grab your family, pick a favourite recipe and get those cameras rolling! Be creative, but most of all, have fun with your family. Making a memory together couldn’t be more fun and tasty!

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{{Giveaway}} Dinner for 2 at #GustoDiQuattro

Since 1980, the Corsi family has been serving the North Shore their amazing Italian cuisine.

Gusto di Quattro

In 2000, Trattoria Corsi began operating as Gusto di Quattro but the tradition has remained the same.

This quaint, atmospheric restaurant established at the foot of the up and coming Lower Lonsdale scene, serves some of the most beautiful and tastiest Italian cuisine that anyone could ask for.

Tiramisu

The Antipasto Platter was to die for! Amazingly delicious…I couldn’t help but dive in!

Pasta trio

The pasta trio (Fettuccine Con Funghi, Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Quattro) was divine, I had many helpings!

Tiramisu

This lovely tirimisu was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal!

The menu is so mouthwatering and the wines available are a fantastic compliment to each and every course!

Did I mention that every Monday and Tuesday, the pasta is only $10? Sign me up! The Fettuccine Con Funghi is my favourite, but if you have a hankering for something with a little more heat, Spaghetti Quattro will be right up your alley!

Next time you plan a lovely dinner out, you must visit Gusto di Quattro! It’s  and the patio is a perfect spot to people watch and catch the sunset.

Photo credit: @azizdhamani

Photo credit: @azizdhamani

{{Giveaway}}

Gusto di Quattro has graciously offered a complimentary 3 Course Dinner for 2 to be given away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area 19 years and over. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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