The #VancouverChristmasMarket {Giveaway}

The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013.

The Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market

This authentic German Christmas Market has the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends and family. There are rows of little wooden huts decorated with pine branches and white Christmas lights.

They have a variety of different German food vendors that feature German Bratwurst, suckling pig and Swiss Raclette, traditional Christmas cookies, Lebkuchen, roasted chestnuts, baked apples and spiced Christmas Cake (Stollen). Beverages will include the famous German Christmas Drink (Feuerzangenbowle) and authentic hot spiced red wine (Glühwein) and a selection of German beers (Weissbier).

Mmmm, sausages! photo credit: Vancity Buzz

Mmmm, sausages!
photo credit: Vancity Buzz

The merchandise will include authentic wood carvings and wooden toys, knitted clothes and scarves, Christmas pyramids and tree balls, tin toys, stain glass, nutcrackers in various sizes as well as advent wreaths. You can find unique gifts such as glass jewelry, Polish pottery, organic baby clothes or German beer steins.

Some of the crafts.

Some of the crafts.

Performances will include traditional European choirs and dance performances, world class string ensembles, worldly gospel choirs and festive carol singers. The Pavilion Stage will also host daily feature kid’s activities and a variety of school choirs and bands will show off their talent during their performances on stage.

A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

The Carousel.

The Carousel.

The market’s hours are:  November 22nd – December 23rd, 2013, 11am-9pm & December 24th, 2013, 11am-6pm

Admission Rates (including tax) – Includes Season’s Pass!
Adult (13 + years) $6 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $3 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $3
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

The Vancouver Christmas Market has generously provided us with 2 tickets for admission to giveaway to one of our lucky readers!! The giveaway runs from December 4th – December 8th, 2013. Please enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway link below.
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Van Xmas Market

Bright Nights in Stanley Park {Giveaway}

My favourite thing to do during the holiday season, is to take the kidlets out and about to see all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations displayed around our beautiful city.
One of our traditions, is to go to Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park


The Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, have decorated the forest and train area with 3 million twinkling lights to bring the 16th annual Bright Nights to Stanley Park.

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

Bright Nights runs from Thursday, December 5th, 2013 until Sunday, January 5th, 2014, closed Christmas Day.

Hours are:
Open: – 3 PM to 10 PM – Sunday to Thursday
– 3 PM to 11 PM – Friday and Saturday
– Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Matinees 11am – 3pm
**NEW** from Dec 20 open daily from 11am-11pm!
Closed: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day)

Train tickets:
Adult: $11.00 includes GST;
Child, Youth & Seniors: $7.00 includes GST
(Children & Youth 3-17, Seniors 65+)
Children Under 3 years of age are free
Matinee: $6.00 (all ages)

Available November 1st, 2013. Order advance tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone: 1-855-985-5000. (Note that Ticketmaster services charges apply)

INTERAC, VISA, MasterCard and cash accepted
Tickets are available at the ticket office on the train plaza at Stanley Park. Same day ticket sales from noon daily. For ticket sales information please call 604-257-8531.

The Old Spaghetti Factory, a Platinum Sponsor of Bright Nights in Stanley Park, is offering a ‘Big Bright Night Out’ package that includes a delicious dinner, Bright Nights tickets and half price parking.

Visit Ticketmaster to purchase your train tickets and then your dinner tickets.

Parking is FREE.

There is no cost to view the plaza displays set up by the BC Professional Fire Fighters. As Bright Nights is one of the Burn Fund’s major fundraisers, the fire fighters accept donations at the front gate, and suggest a minimum donation of $4.

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund

Would you like to go to Bright Nights with your family?

I will be picking 2 WINNERS to receive FREE tickets for their family of 4 to attend Bright Nights! You must be able to attend between December 5th, 2013 – December 11th, 2013. Giveaway is running until midnight December 3rd, 2013, winners will be chosen December 4th, 2013.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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What a pretty gingerbread house.

What a pretty gingerbread house.