One of the Lower Mainland’s signature seasonal events, the Vancouver Christmas Market, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary season at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron), November 20–December 24, 2019. The city’s authentic German market amplifies its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures, coupled with large-scale activities and live entertainment. Over the past 10 years, the Vancouver Christmas Market has become one of the city’s most treasured holiday traditions. This season, families, couples, and friends are invited to celebrate the market’s milestone anniversary and savour the abundance of authentic German-inspired sights, sounds, and flavours.
“We have come a long way since the very first Vancouver Christmas Market in 2010 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Initially, no one believed Vancouverites would attend an outdoor market in the wintertime. However, we persevered and welcomed more than 100,000 guests that first year!” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and CEO of the Vancouver Christmas Market.
Denise Wegener, President of the Vancouver Christmas Market adds, “A decade later, we are thrilled to see the tremendous growth of the market over the years: Our attendance numbers have more than doubled. We have also significantly increased our number of food and merchant vendors and filled the market with on-site activities and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to share in this most wonderful time of year!”
Visitors will revel in the newly improved Winterdeck featuring lit up seats, heaters, and stunning views of the North Shore. Couples will take great pleasure in venturing down the newly expanded Lovers’ Lane — an Instagram-worthy 40-foot long tunnel adorned with 20,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. The Love Lock Installation also returns, where lovers and friends can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock,’ serving as a beautiful symbol of friendship, love, and partnership over the holiday season.
After taking in the sights and sounds of the market, visitors will love gathering in the market’s cozy heated Alpine Lounge, where they can relax and indulge in hot beverages and delicious food in a holiday environment. Guests will also relish in attending the market’s WunderBAR — an 840 square foot twinkling oasis, offering an exclusive VIP experience in a gorgeous, heated wintry setting. This sleek hideaway is bookable for hour-long seatings where guests can indulge in a brand new menu featuring Christmas cocktails, hot Jägertee, or non-alcoholic drinks prepared by the market’s merry mixologists, served in commemorative take home glasses or mugs; as well as charcuterie or vegan charcuterie platters, and delicious German desserts. The WunderBAR is also the perfect place to host corporate events or Christmas parties with family or friends.
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, sweet and savoury macarons, syrup-filled pancakes, warm roasted chestnuts, a selection of German beer, award-winning German style wine, and so much more.
A variety of new food vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer, including tender turkey legs from Turkey Haus; tomato sauces, pasta, pistachio cream spread, pesto, truffle salt, and jam from Damiani Fine Foods; poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes) and aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls) from Two Sweet Elves; as well as speciality coffees, hot chocolate and sweet treats from East Van Roasters. The popular Transylvanian Traditions Bakery, known for their delicious chimney cakes, will also be serving a new shareable snack this year: langosh or flat bread with sweet or savoury toppings.
In addition to Deutschland delicacies, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures from merchant huts to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees. Some new additions to the market this year include The Sock Shack offering fun and cute socks, and Cashmere Crafts with colourful pillows and rugs from Kashmir. Everyone will enjoy adorning their tree with beautiful decorations and lights from Customized Ornaments and Amezing Lights. There are also a host of new eco-friendly merchant huts at the market such as Kasandy offering ethical leather goods and scarves from Kenya; Rü Supply Company with locally made lunch bags made from recyclable products; and MysGreen providing reusable pouches, beeswax food wraps, and other environmental products.
Guests will delight in other returning favourites — such as the Christmas Carousel, the Christmas Pyramid’s ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10 feet high above the market offering a lively line-up of daily festive entertainment, Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree — glittering with 36,000 twinkling lights, and a new, larger-than-life 10th anniversary Christmas mug towering in the centre of the market. 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.
Families will be enchanted by a multitude of holiday activities including the return of free arts and crafts at the market’s Kinder Kraft Igloo, sponsored by 4Cats Arts Studio, a market-wide Christmas Treasure Hunt, as well as magical visits from Santa.
New events and highlights at the 10th annual Vancouver Christmas Market include:
New for our 10th anniversary season! Every Tuesday between November 26 through December 17, all day long, save on entry fees with the $10 Tuesday discount. All visitors who attend the market before 2pm on any weekday will receive our Early Bird Rate, offering adults, seniors, and youth $8 entry to the market.
Share magical evenings with your friend or loved one at our Deluxe Date Nights! Guests are invited to enjoy 2-for-1 admission on the evenings of November 27, December 4, and December 11, starting at 5pm. This deal can be purchased at the gate and also includes 2-for-1 non-alcoholic hot drinks and carousel rides.
Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (12 and under) can enjoy admission and carousel rides by donation to Children’s Wish Foundation all day long. All ages are encouraged to support Children’s Wish by making a donation to take a photo with Gingerbread Mascots Holly & Jolly, everyone’s favourite princesses from Enchanted Events Vancouver, and Santa Claus himself!
Tickets to the 2019 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale!
Tickets: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth Age 7-12 $9, Children Age 0-6, FREE.
Purchase online to enjoy an abundance of savings including discounted pricing and a FREE Season Pass. A Fast Pass is an upgrade available online that can be added to a regular entry ticket for $3.99 per person. This offers guests the option to enter through an express line at the entrance. The Fast Pass can also be purchased on site at the market for $5, includes a 2019 Season Pass, and can be used throughout the entire season!