Vancouver Christmas Market Officially Opens its Doors for 8th Annual Treasured Holiday Tradition

Largest Festivities to date at Expansive Seaside Site with
More Than 55,000 Square Feet of German Jubilation

Vancouver, BC – The city’s signature yuletide celebration returns to its expansive seaside home, November 22–December 24, 2017 at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) offering its largest, festivities to date. The treasured holiday tradition will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with a multitude of festive family activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 215,000 visitors last season, the Vancouver Christmas Market is one of the city’s cherished holiday experiences.

“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “Whether shopping the market for that special, one-of-kind gift or indulging in the mouth-watering array of German delicacies, we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces during the most wonderful time of the year!”

Among this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and Instagram-worthy light display. The Christmas Pyramid also returns, but this year it will be taller than ever with the addition of a brand new‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market. The Flying Stage will host a lively line-up of daily festive entertainment. The entertainment line-up is stacked with a wide range of musical talent performing a steady stream of seasonal favourites that span every genre – from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel.

Visitors will undoubtedly treat themselves to the market’s signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and so much more. A variety of new local vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co.

In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel and the warming Alpine Haus tent – visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees.

The Vancouver Christmas Market and Children’s Wish Foundation have partnered for the 2017 season in order to raise funds to grant the most heartfelt wishes of BC children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. During the market’s ‘Children’s Wish Week’, from December 16 to 24, Children’s Wish will be collecting donations and selling ‘wish wands’ at booths throughout the market. Their mascot ‘Roary’ the lion and representatives from Children’s Wish will be onsite December 16 and 17 to help bring the magic of a wish to the Vancouver Christmas Market. Those who generously make a donation at the ticket booths will receive a complimentary Season Pass to the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market are on sale!

Tickets are: Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.
Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass.

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com
About Vancouver Christmas Market (vancouverchristmasmarket.com)

Since 2010, the Vancouver Christmas Market has delighted Vancouverites and visitors to the city with authentic German-inspired festivities. Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, savoury food & drink, and family entertainment, the yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix & mingle with friends & family, take in a quick drink after work, and observe a wide variety of cultural activities, old world confections, and seasonal entertainment.

LISTING INFORMATION 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market
Dates: November 22 to December 24, 2017: 11am – 9pm
December 24: Closed at 6pm
Ticket Prices: Single Admission Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5
(Children under 6 are Free)
Christmas Combos from $25
Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron
(Vancouver Convention Centre West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3
Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com
Social Media: facebook.com/VancouverChristmasMarket
instagram.com/vanchristmas
twitter.com/VanChristmas
#VanChristmas

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20th Annual BRIGHT NIGHTS in STANLEY PARK!!

The BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board is proud to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Bright Nights in Stanley Park is an annual tradition for many families in the Lower Mainland and over the past 20 years, has welcomed visitors from all around the world.

Santa’s elves are already hard at work transforming Stanley Park into a captivating and dazzling lighting display complete with music, sweet snacks, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus himself. “It’s sure to delight kids, both young and old,” chuckles Ray Boucher, Burn Fund Vice-President and Co-Chair of the Bright Nights Committee. When asked how he and his team were able to manage the sheer volume of light display enthusiasts, Ray replied, “We want to make certain that everyone is able to enjoy this magical event, and since we’ve seen such an overwhelming show of visitors in past years, we’re excited to be extending the event this year by staying open until January 6th, this way we hope that everyone will get the chance to come down to the park, with their family and friends and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bright Nights!.”

“This anniversary event celebrates the partnership between the Park Board and the Burn Fund who have worked together for 20 years to create the Bright Nights experience. We could not put on this event without the support of all our community
partners, who help bring the park to life for all to enjoy”, said Vancouver Park Board Chair, Michael Wiebe. Over 250,000 visitors attend the event annually and that number is growing. “We are exceptionally pleased with the support from the public
and our Sponsors. Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of Set-Up, Operations and Tear Down. It’s a monumental undertaking of combined efforts to make this event so successful,” says Ray Boucher. “The funds
raised will make a huge difference to burn survivors and their families throughout our province.”

The monies raised through donations in the front gate bins go directly to the Burn Fund, which provides life-saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people across BC. More than 4,000 professional fire fighters around the province dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors. They increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety through Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.

The Burn Fund encourages visitors to show their generosity by bringing food itemsfor the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Food bins will be on-site at the entrance gate. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

The event is open this year from November 30, 2017-January 6, 2018. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park – hours: 

Nov 30 – Dec 14: Mon-Thurs 3pm – 10pm / Fri – Sun 10am – 11pm 

Dec 2 – 20th Anniversary Celebration of Bright Nights! Cake will be served on-site between 3-5pm

Dec 15 – Dec 26: Everyday 10am – 11pm

Dec 25 – *Closed Christmas Day

Dec 27 – Jan 1: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Jan 2 – Jan 6: Everyday 4pm – 9pm (train only, no live actors)

Prices:

Night train

Our classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience filled with beautiful displays, holiday lights, and a live performer.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $12.00 + GST

Senior (65 years and over) $9.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $9.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $8.00 + GST

Small child (2 years and under) FREE

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest with holiday music past magical displays.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.

All ages $6.00 + GST

Free parking compliments of the Vancouver Park Board

Bright Nights has on-site and overflow free parking lots Friday-Sunday nights. Vancouver Aquarium lots are paid lots during Bright Nights operations.

Overflow lots include the Info Booth, North Pipeline Road, and Beaver Lake lots. These lots are free parking after 3:00pm only.

Stanley Park Railway parking lots are free during all operation hours.

For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, or to makea donation, please visit www.burnfund.orgAdvance tickets at Ticketleader 604-252-3700, http://ticketleader.ca/events/bright-nights. Same day tickets available, starting November 30, at the on-site Miniature Railway Box Office in Stanley Park from 12:00pm (10am for Matinees) 604-257-8531.

Soar over America at FlyOver Canada ‪November 2 to 22, 2017‬

New Ride, New Locations, Same Breathtaking Experience!

Experience America like never before with a new flight ride from the creators of FlyOver Canada. Soar more than 10,000 miles across some of the United States’ most unique and iconic landscapes including Hawaii, Alaska, New York and more! Guests can also experience both rides back-to-back for one low price. Book your dual ticket to see top rated FlyOver Canada and then stay seated and take off again to soar across America for a total flight time of 17 minutes.

Don’t miss this limited time offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Get your tickets now at www.FlyOverCanada.com.

Experience FlyOver Canada with a spooky twist!

Broomelda the witch has once again worked her magic to transform FlyOver Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards are welcomed into the Haunted Witches Academy before taking off on a spellbinding journey across Canada.

The complete Halloween at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride FlyOver Canada; a breathtaking 8-minute flight ride experience
  • Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • A Witch Academy Diploma to take home
  • Halloween theming and spine-tingling decorations

This family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up.

OCTOBER 12th – 31st, 2017

WEEKDAYS: 4 PM – 9 PM | WEEKENDS: 10 AM – 9 PM


Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Locals save 20% when they book online at www.flyovercanada.com/halloween.

There’s a new way to save money in town!

Having to make your money stretch is something your parents taught you, but when you start a family, you really appreciate that valuable lesson. Making sure that you have all the basic necessities and still have some left over for the extras!

Watching the flyers for sales, subscribing to websites that send you updates on deals and promotions, joining Facebook groups where members share links and ideas on how to save money, couponing, consignment and resale stores and buy and sell groups and websites are many of the ways we go about saving our money.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a membership card that will give you discounts when you shop at a variety of businesses?

There is!


Launched in Toronto and Vancouver, The Healthy Mom Discount Card is a new membership program that will get you discounts at participating businesses with a selection of natural, health-focused and eco-friendly products and services.

To check out the businesses in your area click here and to purchase your card click here!

 

12 WAYS TO SAVE AT THE FAIR AT THE PNE SPECIAL DAYS AND DEALS LET EVERYONE JOIN IN THE FUN!

The iconic Pacific National Exhibition has been a beloved summer tradition with B.C. families for over 100 years. In the spirit of inclusivity and to honour Canada’s 150th birthday, the PNE is proud to offer many discounted passes and special deals so that families of any size and budget can join in the festivities. These opportunities are in addition to the advantages of pre-booking passes online – yet another way to stretch your summer entertainment dollars to the maximum.

 The 12 best ways to save on admissions or Playland passes at the 2017 Fair.

  • Celebrate Canada 150 on Opening Weekend 11am – 1pm Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20
  • Show your Canadian pride by visibly wearing red or a maple leaf and receive Fair Gate admission for just $1.50.
  • Heroes’ Opening Weekend 11am – Late, Saturday, August 19 and Sunday August 20 
  • FREE gate admission for First Responders and a guest. 

Promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, ambulance workers and firefighters plus one guest. First Responder must present a valid First Responders service card at the gates. Guest does not require a service card.

  • FREE Gate Admission for all guests 11am- 1pm, Tuesdays, August 22 and 29

          Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1pm. Guests are welcome to re-enter the gates prior to 1pm without hand stamp.

  •  Wild Ride Wednesdays 11am – 1pm, Wednesdays, August 23 and 30

            Purchase two Playland passes for the price of 1. Only available onsite day of promotion. Does not apply to ride coupons or complimentary passes.

  • Seniors’ Day 11am – Late, Thursday, August 24

            Seniors 65+ receive FREE gate admission.

  •  Vancity Member Special 11am – Late

            NEW extended special – offer valid every day of The Fair. Vancity members receive $5 gate admission.

  •  BCAA “Membership is Rewarding” rate

BCAA members can visit bcaa.com for special discounts on gate and ride passes for the Fair.

Special Offers:

  •  Pinwheel Deals

            A Fair-wide coupon book offering over $350 in savings. $2 at any Guest Services location, or purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order.

  •  After Dark Gate Pass

            After 9pm nightly, purchase a Fair gate pass for just $5.

  •  Twilight Ride Pass After 5pm

            Presented by 94.5 Virgin Radio, Tuesday through Thursday, purchase a Playland pass for $29.75.

Online/Retailer Savings

Save up to $9 when visitors purchase their Fair gate or Playland passes online or at certain Lower Mainland retailers. Retail passes will be available in August. For information, visit http://www.pne.ca

Contests and promotions

All 2017 Fair contests and promotions will be posted at http://www.pne.ca by July 2017. For comparison, the regular admission and pass rates are listed below.

2017 Fair Dates and Times

The 2017 Fair will run from Saturday August 19, until Monday September 4, 2017, and will be closed on Monday August 21 and Monday August 28. Open 11 am until late (weather permitting).

Gate Price

Fair Gate Pass (14-64 years old): $17.00

Online Price: $14.00

Fair Senior Gate Pass *(65 years+; Available onsite and online only; not available at retailers) : $8.50

Online: $6.50

Fair Child Gate Pass (13 years and under) *A maximum of five children aged 13 and under admitted free per one paying adult 21 years of age or older: FREE

Online: FREE

Fair Ride Pass (Over 48” tall): $44.75

Online: $41.75

Fair Ride Rapid Pass Add-On*: $20.00 

Fair Junior Ride Pass (Under 48″ tall): $34.75

Online: $31.75

Fair Season Gate Pass *Online savings will go up to $45.50. Available online only starting August 19, 2017: $40.50

 Fair Gate and Ride Combo Pass *Available online or at retailers online: $52.75

After Dark Gate Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 9pm daily: $5

 Twilight Ride Pass *Available only at on-site ticket booths after 5pm Tuesday through Thursday: $29.75

 Fair Ride Coupons

$1.75 each or 30 coupons for $44.75 *Available for sale on-site only. Each ride requires 4 – 8 coupons per rider 

Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book

Offering over $350 in Fair-wide savings! Available only at on-site ticket booths

ONLINE SPECIAL: Purchase any Fair Pass online by July 31st, and receive a voucher for a free Pinwheel Deals Coupon Book with every order. $2

Craft Beer FestNew reduced admission rate! 

Includes one 4oz sampling cup. Online purchase includes access to a pre-purchased ticketholder line. Beer tokens are $2 each and can be purchased onsite. $7

Online: $5

PNE Donut Dash-5K Run

NEW – kids pricing!

Early Bird: (first 500 registrants) Regular: $35 Kids: $20

June 1: Regular $40 Kids: $25

June 1-July 15: Regular $45 Kids $30

July 16-August 13: Regular $50 Kids $35

Online registration ends on Sunday, August 13, 2017

For more information about The Fair at the PNE visit: www.pne.ca.

About the PNE:

Owned by the City of Vancouver, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a healthy and vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to providing over 3 million visitors a year with first-class cultural, sporting and family entertainment events. Founded in 1910, the PNE operates from a 114-acre site at Hastings Park, a multi-facility venue in Vancouver where the organization operates four activity streams: an annual 15-day Fair, Playland Amusement Park, maintenance and care of the Hastings Park site and management of the site’s year-round facilities. These facilities are utilized to celebrate a variety of hockey, amateur sporting, music, community, social, cultural and commercial events throughout the year.  

GET FILTHY CLEAN AT 5K FOAM FEST!

(Abbotsford, BC) Frothy. foamy, and loaded with fun, 5K Foam Fest is coming to Abbotsford on June 3rd.

As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s 2017 national tour, Foam Fest will be held across Canada but in only three BC locations — Nanaimo, Sun Peaks, and Abbotsford.


With over 22 obstacles, 2.5 million cubic feet of foam, mucky mud pits, kids’ zone, 20-foot ‘sky fall’ drop, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable waterslide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ, everyone can participate in good clean fun. Participants will also receive a race-bib, tattoo, water, medal, beach towel, and a Chapman’s Sports Lolly. 


As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s ‘give-back’ policy to feed families across Canada, each Foam Fest event partners with the location’s local food bank. Participants who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a custom branded 5k foam fest lanyard and 365 Sport Inc. will also make a financial contribution.
“Foam Fest is an energizing, non-competitive community event that gives locals an opportunity to come out and have fun. This is our fourth season as we keep scoping out new destinations to build partnerships with. We are thrilled to come to Abbotsford and show everyone what Foam Fest is made of. Based on last year’s attendance, we anticipate 70,000 participants nationwide, of which 6,000 will be coming from the Lower Mainland,” says Michael Lambert, Director of Partnerships.

With sport event hosting being such an important mix of attracting visitors to Abbotsford, Tourism Abbotsford is a strong supporter of the event.
“It’s great working with 365 Sports Inc., as they prepare to bring Foam Fest to Abbotsford. Part of what makes for a vibrant and united community, are large-scale events like this. We know our community will come out and join in on the fun, but we are also excited to host visitors as they explore our backyard,” says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.  

For pricing, location, and registration, see full details. 

ABOUT TOURISM ABBOTSFORD 

Tourism Abbotsford represents over 300 marketing partners, leads the delivery of Visitor Services, and has operated the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (Tradex) since 2003. Tourism Abbotsford’s commitment to best practices has resulted in being recognized as a BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in Community Sport Tourism, in addition to earning a BC DMO Professional Excellence Award. To learn more, visit tourismabbotsford.ca and search #exploreabbotsford on social media.