I had the opportunity to attend The Vancouver Christmas Market and had a sneak peek at all the new and returning vendors. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Vancouver Christmas Market, and it is absolutely worth checking it out! The Vancouver Christmas Market opens at 11:30 am to 9:30 pm daily (11:30 to 6 pm December 24), and runs through December 24.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is located at Jack Pool Plaza, downtown right next to Canada Place. The best way to venture down is by transit. Take the skytrain straight down to Waterfront, and it is just a short walk to Jack Pool Plaza.
Last year was my family’s first time at The Vancouver Christmas Market, and it has very quickly become a new tradition for us. We would love to visit Germany one day, but until that day comes, The Christmas Market is THE next best thing! With more than 80 vendors selling authentic German sweets, treats and merchandise there is something for everyone!
I had the opportunity to try so much of the amazing and delicious food/drink options! Bring the money, because you will definitely want to indulge!
After you’ve eaten your way around the Market, grab yourself a warm glass of Gluehwein in the beautiful frosted 10th anniversary mug!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is filled with traditional and one of a kind gift huts… take a walk around and stop by the amazing vendors, there are many beautiful items that would make excellent christmas presents!
FUN TO DO WITH THE KIDS
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy and allows them to have fun, head to the visitor booth near the entrance to pick up a scavenger hunt map! Follow along and head to the different stations, write down the secret word and unscramble to mystery word to win a prize! Bring your map back to the visitor booth and spin a wheel to win. You can win carousel passes, love locks, mugs and more! We took part and had so much fun, and we all won something different. I won a love lock (which was great, because I wanted to buy one anyway!), my son won a mug, and my mom won a Christmas Market magnet!
Once you finish the scavenger hunt, head on over to the Kinder Kraft Igloo for some free crafting. It also let’s the parents take a quick break!
Don’t forget to take a carousel ride! Or two… or three! Just pick up a day pass at the visitor booth, or purchase a ticket for one ride!
JUST THE ADULTS?
If you’re kid free, head on up to the Wunderbar. This cozy space is 19+ and the perfect spot to take a seat and enjoy a few drinks.
Something my son and I enjoy doing at The Vancouver Christmas Market is purchasing a new ornament for our tree. At the back of the market is the Kathe Wohlfart tent. Kathe Wohlfart is Germany’s top Christmas ornament and decor maker! Her work is stunning, and we always find so many beautiful ornaments to add to our tree!
There are so many beautiful spots to take photos are The Vancouver Christmas Market, one of them being the large, walk-in Christmas Tree in the centre of the Market.
Another spot is by the Opympic Cauldron, this spot is perfect on it’s own, but at the Market there is a different photo op on each side
Love Lock Lane…
The Vancouver Christmas Market has its very own love lock display. Purchase your love lock at the visitor booth for $2, write your and your loved ones name on it, and lock it onto the display. After, you can mail your key to Santa for safe keeping!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is an affordable Christmas event. Buying your tickets online saves you a couple dollars, and children under 6 are free! Visit their website for admission costs.
Back this year is the Holly & Jolly Combo!
This includes admission to The Vancouver Christmas Market for that day PLUS a season pass, and one non-alcoholic drink. This pass also includes admission to FlyOver Canada, which is right next door to the Market, and includes a souvenir FlyOver Canada photo! The Holly & Jolly combo is $39.99 and is only available for purchase online. This is an amazing deal, and let’s you experience two of Vancouver’s hottest Christmas events in one go!
What do your Christmas traditions include? Is The Vancouver Christmas Market one of them? Have you been this year? I want to hear your favourite parts!