Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Vancouver Christmas Market features German-inspired sights, sounds & flavors for the holidays

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Vancouver's Jack Poole Plaza at the Olympic Cauldron for the holidays -- opening Wednesday, November 21 and running through Christmas Eve, December 24. This year's ninth edition of the German-inspired festivities has extended hours from 11:30AM to 9:30PM daily. 

The traditional German-style Christmas Market feature  80 huts stuffed with authentic sweets, treats and treasures. There is also a line-up of family-friendly activities plus live entertainment. 

Among this year's expanded highlights is the heated Alpine Lounge, a place to relax and enjoy hot beverages and food in a cozy environment. Also new is the Winterdeck, located next to the Alpine Lounge. The space features a festive entrance arch, giant lit-up picture frame and views across Burrard Inlet to the North Shore. 

There is even a Lovers' Lane -- an Instagram-worthy tunnel festooned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. Tying in with the love theme is a Love Lock Installation near the tunnel to which can be attached Vancouver Christmas Market Love Locks (available for $3 or bring your own). 

For the wee ones, Santa will be floating underneath the Olympic Cauldron in a 12-ft. sleigh. And this year marks the return of Canada's first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree, adorned with 36,000 twinkling lights. 
Food offerings: Gluhwein (hot-spiced mulled wine), German bratwurst, gulasch, spatzle, schnitzel, strudels, Transylvanian chimney cakes, German beer and wine. Vendors include: 
  • Organic Villa Vegan Haus
  • Charcuterie Haus
  • Bon Macaron Patisserie
  • Mr. Hot Cakes 
  • JJ's Fresh Roasted Chestnuts 
  • Howling Moon Craft Cider 
  • Das Waffel Haus
  • Wild Goose Winery
Shopping: Do your holiday shopping while perusing the dozens of booths featuring everything from jewelry to polar fleece, German beer steins to holiday ornaments made in Germany. There's even a booth selling Ugly Christmas Sweaters. 

Children's highlightsChristmas Carousel, Kinder Kraft Igloo, Santa Photo Hut and cookie decorating at Gingerbread Haus.

(at the gate)
Adults $12
Seniors $11
Youth 7-12 $5
Kids 6 and under Free 

(Discount for online purchases)

Jack Poole Plaza | Home of the Olympic Cauldron
(Vancouver Convention Centre West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver BC V6C 3GE 

Photos by Lindsay Elliott

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