Sip, Savour & Celebrate During Vancouver Christmas Market’s Milestone 10th Anniversary Season

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:

$10 Tuesdays | November 26, December 3, December 10 & December 17

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.

Kids Day | December 1

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!

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com/tickets/

 

{{ Giveaway }} It’s Christmas at Flyover Canada!


Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

*Winter Wonderland themed preshow
*FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience across Canada
*An extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole!

FESTIVE ACTIVITIES

November 21 – January 5

Stop by the Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe for Christmas festivities to enjoy seasonal snacks, musical performances and a visit from Santa!

Christmas Lights
Slavic Rolls
November 21 – December 22: Weekends, 12 – 6 PM
December 23 – January 5: Daily, 12 – 6 PM

Santa
Santa Visits
November 30 – December 22: Weekends, 12 – 3 PM
December 23 – December 24: Daily, 12 – 3 PM

Music
Sounds of Christmas
November 30 – December 22: Weekends, 12 – 3 PM
December 23 – December 24: Daily, 12 – 3 PM

For the Family

  • Children must be at least 102 cm (40″) to participate on the ride.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older.
  • Entrance lines are partially exposed to the elements; please dress accordingly to the weather.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Nov 21 – Dec 20: 10am-9pm

Dec 21-23: 9:30am-10pm

Dec 24: 9:30am-6pm

Dec 25: CLOSED

Dec 26 – Jan 5: 9:30am-10pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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{{Giveaway}} Broomelda is back at Flyover Canada just in time for Halloween!

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SWOOP. CACKLE. FLY WITH THE WITCHES

Join Broomelda at the Haunted Witches Academy before a spellbinding flight across Canada!

Everyone’s favourite witch Broomelda is back and ready to take you on a spellbinding journey across Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards will take part in the Haunted Witches Academy where graduating is easy… just survive! Broomelda welcomes you to the academy before leading you on to the Ultimate Flying Ride.

The complete Halloween experience includes:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride FlyOver Canada, a breathtaking 8-minute flight ride experience
  • Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • Your very own Official Witch Academy Diploma to take home
  • Halloween theming and spine-tingling decorations
  • Witches and Wizards of all ages are encouraged to dress up!

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We are so excited to be giving away a 4pk of tickets to Halloween at Flyover Canada. This giveaway is open to residents (19 and over) of the Greater Vancouver Area, Fraser Valley and Sea to Sky corridor only. Contest closes October 13, 2019.

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{{Giveaway}} Alice in Nightmareland comes to the Stanley Park Ghost Train!

Alice in Nightmareland

Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes our riders on a journey through a mystical and magical world, themed by Halloween and other creepy tales. The train is covered, but dress warmly.

This year’s train invites riders to watch as Alice falls down the rabbit hole again. Only this time, she is older and things aren’t what they seem. But then, what could she expect, wandering through a grand graveyard at night on Halloween?Follow Alice and the Not-So- White Rabbit through an endless series of stone doors and enter into a gothic nightmare world of tombs and tombstones, crypts, and catacombs!

DATES & HOURS

October 11 – 31, 2018
Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Friday to Sunday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Matinees – Friday to Sunday: 11:00am to 5:00pm

TICKETS

Buy online at www.ghosttrain.ca or by phone (604-252-3700) with TicketLeader. Online ticket fees apply. On-site ticket sales start at 3:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 11:00am, Friday to Sunday, for same-day tickets or advance tickets for future dates.

Adult (19 – 64 years) Senior (65+ years) Youth (13 – 18 years) Child (3 – 12 years) Children (Under 3) Matinee train

$12.00 + GST $9.00 + GST $9.00 + GST

$8.00 + GST Free
$6.00 + GST

 

NIGHT TRAIN

Our classic night train ride includes an approximate 14-minute experience featuring our Alice in Nightmareland theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

2-for-1 Tickets Available October 15, 16, 21, or 22 – Purchase a ticket for the evening train and get another ticket of equal or lesser value FREE

MATINEE TRAIN

Our matinee train ride is offered Friday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm, and is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. There are no live performers during matinee train rides – all the treats but none of the tricks!

Unlimited Matinees Available 11am-2pm: Any guest with a ticket valid during this time can ride the train as many times as you dare!

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Crafts, Movies & Storytelling

Always a hit, day or night, crafts, movies, and storytelling will all be back once again this year inside the barn for a warm break from all the plaza excitement.

The Haunted Maze & Little Monsters Maze

Both kids and adults alike can test their puzzle-solving skills in these two mazes found in the plaza area. Will you encounter spooky, ghoulish creatures or will you make your way out in time?

Creatures of the Night – presented by Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES)

Running in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, Creatures of the Night is a free, family-friendly experience with hands-on activities for all ages. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that inhabit Stanley Park on an interactive walk through the forest.

Pumpkin Patch

Visit our pumpkin patch where $5 buys you a pumpkin to take home.

Food Bank Donations

Please give generously to our partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Bring your non-perishable food items or a cash donation for the food bank.

Food Vendors

New this year, Organic Villa offers plant-based options. Insomniac’s Coffee will be serving up specialty coffee . The Looking Glass Café and Canteen will feature perennial favourites, and no train ride is complete without a bag of organic popcorn from the CobHouse.

Instagram: @stanleyparkrailway Info: 604-257-8531 Tickets: 604-252-3700
Facebook: /stanleyparktrain stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca http://www.ghosttrain.ca

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We are so excited to be giving away a 4pk of tickets to Stanley Park Ghost Train’s Alice in Nightmareland! Tickets MUST be redeemed between October 11-17! This giveaway is open to residents (19 and over) of the Greater Vancouver Area, Fraser Valley and Sea to Sky corridor only. Contest closes October 6, 2019.

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Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time!

COME SOAR OVER CHINA

January 24 – February 24, 2019

It’s the beauty of China as seen from above—Flight of the Dragon is back at FlyOver Canada for a limited time! Join us as we celebrate and showcase China’s stunning natural beauty just in time for the Lunar New Year. During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery—including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada. Two rides back-to-back for one price!

To learn more about this event, visit www.flyovercanada.com.

 

Christmas at FlyOver Canada November 22nd, 2018 – January 6th, 2019


Fly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole.

*Winter Wonderland themed preshow
*FlyOver Canada, a thrilling 8-minute flight ride experience across Canada
*An extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole!

 

FESTIVE OUTDOOR SIGHTSEEING DECK

Stop by our festive outdoor sightseeing deck to enjoy holiday movies, seasonal snacks and musical performances.*

FESTIVE OUTDOOR SIGHTSEEING DECK

Stop by our festive outdoor sightseeing deck to enjoy holiday movies, seasonal snacks and musical performances.*

Christmas Lights
Holiday Movies
Daily, Nov 22 – Jan 6, All Day
Letter
Letters to Santa
Daily, Nov 22 – Dec 9, All Day
Santa
Santa Visits
Weekends, Nov 24 – Dec 16 & Daily, Dec 22 – 24, 1–3 PM
Festive Treats
Holiday Treats
Weekends, Dec 1 – 16 & Daily, Dec 22 – Jan 6, 12 – 6 PM
Music
Musical Performances​
Weekends, Dec 15 – 29, 2 – 4 PM

*Times and activities are subject to change without notice.

For the Family

  • Children must be at least 102 cm (40″) to participate on the ride.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older.
  • Entrance lines are partially exposed to the elements; please dress accordingly to the weather.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Nov 22 – Dec 21: 10am-9pm

Dec 22-23: 9:30am-10pm

Dec 24: 9:30am-6pm

Dec 25: CLOSED

Dec 26 – Jan 6: 9:30am-10pm

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

 

During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights.

Buy tickets to ride the Bright Nights Train and experience the lights, breathtaking displays, and live performers along the train route. Or view the displays at the Train Plaza by donation ($5.00 suggested).

Your donations at the front gate and a portion of ticket sales go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. $1.4 million has been raised to help burn survivors and their families since 1998.

Bright Nights is open Thursday, November 29, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019 and is closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.

Dates are subject to change.

Dates
November 29 – December 13
Matinee train Friday to Sunday 
10am – 2:30pm
Night train

Daily
3pm – 10pm

December 14 – 23
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 11pm
December 24
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 10pm
December 25
Matinee train Closed
Night train Closed
December 26
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 11pm
December 27 – 31
Matinee train 10am – 2:30pm
Night train 3pm – 10pm
January 1
Matinee train Closed
Night train 3pm – 10pm
January 2 – 5 (train only, no live actors)
Matinee train Closed
Night train 4pm – 9pm

Matinee train

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

 There are no live performers during the matinee train.

Night train

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

You must buy a ticket to ride the train. Tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Your ticket is valid for one Bright Nights ride during the time slot shown on the ticket.

Note Tickets are only good for the date and time shown on the ticket, and are non-refundable.

Entry to the plaza to view the lights is by donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund (we suggest $5 per person).

Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks.

How to buy tickets

Buy advance tickets early to avoid sold out rides.

Buy advance tickets online or by phone

Popular dates sell out in advance – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Note Service fees and charges apply to advance ticket sales.

Buy tickets

Buy same-day tickets in person

Is the time slot you want sold out online? Buy same-day tickets in person at the Train Plaza. A portion of each day’s tickets is set aside.

Come early to avoid sold-out time slots. On-site ticket sales start at 10am daily until December 31. From January 1 to 5, on-site sales begin at 3pm.

Prices

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.

Age Price
All ages $6 + GST

Night train

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

Age Price
Adult (19 – 64 years) $12 + GST
Senior (65 years and over) $9 + GST
Youth (13 – 18 years) $9 + GST
Child (3 – 12 years) $8 + GST
Small child (2 years and under) Free

Exceptions

Leisure Access Program members can buy tickets on-site for all trains except for the following black-out dates:

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening trains, 3pm to closing
  • All evening trains from December 14 to 26, 2018, 3pm to closing

Group bookings

Would you like to bring a larger group to the Stanley Park Bright Nights Train? Make an advanced reservation when online ticket sales begin. Group tickets aren’t sold in person at the Train Plaza.

For corporate groups of 26 and more call 604-252-3663 or email groupsales@pne.ca

 Group bookings are available on limited dates only, and must be confirmed five days before arriving.

Ride the train

Several trains depart during each half-hour time slot.

Line up at the start of your time slot for shorter waits.

For example, if your time slot is 7pm – 7:30pm, arrive at 7pm and join the line for your time slot. You’ll board a train by 7:30pm. All aboard!

Photos with Santa

Get photos with Santa every day until December 24 at the Railway Plaza’s North Pole.

The cost is $10 each with all proceeds to the Burn Fund.

Hours

  • November 29 to December 24 from 4pm to 9pm
  • December 23 to 24 from 1pm to 9pm

Please help our partner charities

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

When you visit Bright Nights, please give generously to our partner charity, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and a suggested $5.00 donation for the Burn Fund. Thank you.

Burn Fund

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

We ask our guests to support our other partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Bring your non-perishable food items for the food bank.

We’re teaming up with amazing food vendors in the plaza to offer full meals and holiday treats.

Reindeer Roadstop and Café

Enjoy classics like burgers, hotdog, churros, hot chocolate, and seasonal treats.

Organic Villa

Offering fast, tasty vegetarian and vegan options. Try roasted veggie wraps, vegan tacos and crispy dosas.

Insomniac’s Coffee

Serving up their specialty coffee concoctions for moms and dads. Grab a bag of their traditional roasted chestnuts too.

The Praguery food truck

Featuring mouth-watering Chimney Cakes – traditional rolled and baked to order pastries with a range of toppings and fillings.

Cob House by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

No train ride is complete without a bag of delicious organic popcorn from the CobHouse.

Food vendors will be open for both matinee and evening show times.

Bright Nights and Old Spaghetti Factory dinner package

Book your dinner package when you purchase your advanced train tickets online.

Package includes:

  • Spaghetti dinner of your choice
  • Ticket to ride at Bright Nights
  • Bonus $10 Gift certificate to the Old Spaghetti Factory when you dine in!

A portion from each meal sold during the month of December will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.

 The Old Spaghetti Factory will close early on December 24 and will not be serving dinner that evening.

Bright Nights is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.

Take public transit External website, ride your bike, or walk.

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.

Accessibility

The entire site is wheelchair accessible.
The train has a special carriage with room for two people in wheelchairs and seats for their companions.
We help passengers in need of assistance to board the train.
Stroller parking is also available.

Dogs at the Stanley Park Train

Please note that dogs of any size are not permitted on the train out of consideration for our visitors with allergies or who are fearful of dogs.
Certified service animals are permitted.

Contact us

604-257-8531

stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca