Vancouver Christmas Market
Nov 22 - Dec 23, 11am-9pm
Dec 24, 11am-6pm


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2011/2010 Press Releases

Vancouver Christmas Market Press & Reviews

  • December 15, 2012 - Eat Magazine - 9 things to eat and drink at the Vancouver Christmas Market
    "For food-lovers, the market is a must for enjoying traditional German and Austrian foods"
  • December 15, 2013 - MomMomOnTheGo
    "The Vancouver Christmas Market is in full swing and it will not let you down. Full of great food, entertainment and of course wonderful Christmas products that you can buy, you will be sure to get into the Christmas spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market."
  • December 13, 2013 - HelloBC - Vancouver Christmas Market: From Germany With Love
    "You have so much to choose from among the vendors when it comes to indulging in food and sweets or gifts. My inner locavore was immediately drawn to West Coast Wild Foods, a company that specializes in wild mushrooms and also offers various coffee blends and wild berry jam. The Artisan Bake Shoppe was around to satisfy my sweet tooth."
  • December 11, 2013 - Vancouver Observer - Make it a Vancouver Christmas with these local holiday gift ides
    "The Vancouver Christmas Market isn't just for drinking glühwein and riding the merry-go-round: you can also find tons of hand-crafted gifts. You'll find not only Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, and handmade toys; but also handmade candy, chocolate, and other artisanal food items."
  • December 7, 2013 - Daddy Blogger Ricky Shetty
    "One of our favorite family traditions is going to the Vancouver Christmas Market at the Plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre!"
  • December 4,2013 - Raincity Parent
    "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."
  • December 3, 2013 - Wanderlust Megan
    "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."
  • December 1, 2013 - Hello Vancity
    "As soon as you walk in your met with traditional music and entertainment that sets the festive mood! From choirs to the carousel, the Christmas Market always has something in store"
  • November 28, 2013 - 604Pulse
    "Where else in the city can you indulge in bratwurst and schnitzel while enjoying a warm glass of Feuerzangenbowle or Glühwein (traditional German Christmas drinks) with the sounds of Christmas music in your ears?"
  • November, 2013 - Monte Cristo Magazine: Christmas in the haus
    "Fast becoming a staple on the holiday circuit, the German-themed market made up of brightly decorated wooden huts is home to more than 45 vendors, providing an assortment of handmade goods, unique gifts, and delicious food."
  • November 27, 2013 - The Chronicles of Wanderlust: 5 Things You Must Experience at the Vancouver Christmas Market
    "Picture yourself on an evening stroll with a toque about your head, and a scarf around your neck. Despite the winter’s chill that surrounds you, your hands are kept warm from the contents of your mug. The scent of cinnamon and apples waft through the air, and your path is guided by the luminous glow of Christmas lights. Such warm and fuzzy feelings can only be experienced this time of the year.. at the Christmas Market!"
  • November 27, 2013 - City Insighter
    "The event was a fantastic way to spend the night. Either with friend or family, we suggest its one of those events you must attend."
  • November 27, 2013 - North Shore Mama
    "Every year, this authentic German Christmas Market pops up right in the heart of Vancouver, making you feel like you are suddenly wandering around a little European village. It is one of my favourite ways of getting into the holiday spirit."
  • December 20, 2012 - Huffington Post - Top 5 Vancouver Christmas Events
    " Imagine you're in a quaint little village tucked away in the town of Göttingen, Germany. Now forget the pricey plane ticket to Europe, and head to the courtyard in front of the Queen E for the Vancouver Christmas Market."
  • December 14, 2012 - Vancouver Lookout - 360 Views of Vancouver
    "Christmas is coming, with the Vancouver Christmas Market being the perfect place to do your holiday shopping."
  • December 13, 2012 - The Food Gays
    "The Vancouver Christmas Market is pure foodie heaven, offering up everything from traditional German candies, waffles on a stick served with your choice of fresh whipped cream, syrup, cherries or chocolate – to hurricane potatoes, fried and dipped in different flavors."
  • December 12, 2012 - Ch@nky Monkey
    "The market is certainly a feast for the eyes, especially when you're looking for ornaments, decorations, and unique gift ideas this holiday season."
  • December 1, 2012 - 604 Pulse - Exploring Vancouver's Backyard
    "Something magical has taken place in the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Seemingly overnight, the plaza has been transformed from an urban space to a charming winter village complete with children’s carousel, beautiful music and tasty treats."
  • November 28, 2012 - Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach
    "Full of traditional wooden booths offering an array of German foods and crafts as well as live music and Christmas trees covered in twinkly lights, you can’t help but fall into the Christmas spirit. The market is kid friendly, with a big old fashioned carousel for the young and young at heart alike. Adults can indulge in a more “grown-up” beverage while browsing all the stalls. "
  • November 27, 2012 - The Girl in the Yellow Dress
    "The sites, the sounds the smells! Christmas has come to Vancouver in the shape of a real German Christmas Market."
  • November 26, 2012 - Gastro Fork
    "I think there is no better way to experience European delights than through the vendors here at the Christmas Market."
  • November 25, 2012 - Living fabulously and frugally in Vancouver
    "Carousel rides, mulled wine, baked apples, oh me oh my, sounds like Christmas nirvana and oh yes, it’s all here at the Vancouver Christmas Market at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Unlike the other Christmas markets I’ve shopped at, the Vancouver Christmas Market offers you unique gifts which I haven’t seen anywhere else"

More Reviews For The Vancouver Christmas Market From Our Guests

  • "Its been a german xmas market since it opened, and I love it. It was lovely and fun. The food is great and so I'd the atmosphere Keep up the great work, I will definitely be back".
    Jennifer, November 30, 2013
  • "Excellent food, excellent drinks, family-friendly, and lots of great local and international crafts in this magical seasonal market!"
    Graham, November, 2013
  • "It's a great event for family and friends. Great food and vendors. Lots of activities for young and old! I can't wait to go back this year and I will certainly be recommending it to friends and family."
    Ryan, November 2013
  • "A "Must Go" every Christmas Season!"
    Janine, November 25, 2013
  • "Absolutely Fabulous! I really enjoy that all the stalls have high quality products for sale. Everyone is so friendly it puts you in the Christmas spirit, it's lovely and very kid friendly! Thank You!"
    Karlie, November 27, 2013
  • "Loved the food. Feels like you are really in europe! Fun with family"
    Che, November 2013
  • "The best Christmas Market in the whole wide world!"
    Sabrina, November 26, 2013
  • "We bought a pass this year and were able to attend on four separate occasions. Had a blast each time, even got on tv with Ahorn TV. So happy to see the German Folk dancers from Saskatchewan, I'm always looking for a cultural experience as we are German and have a new generation that we want to expose to our culture as much as possible. It seems so difficult these days to find German cultural events. Now I just need to track down a good Oktoberfest celebration."
    Heidi, December 30, 2011
  • "The Christmas atmosphere and traditions are slowly going away. It is so nice to be a part of something that is preserving that tradition for some and making new ones for others."
    Natalie, December 17, 2011
  • "We went to the Vancouver Christmas Market tonight. The absolute best "grilled bratwurst" we've had since leaving Austria or Germany. My husband is native German and agreed. We bought a 6 pack of grilled bratwurst, to bring home to cook also. You all went to such a fine effort to put on this event, as authentic as possible. Thank you so much for your effort! We enjoyed ourselves immensely!"
    Julianna, December 15, 2011
  • "My husband and I attended the market last week. We are from out of town and I have wanted to check it out since I heard about it last year. We have been staying in town, waiting for our firstborn to make his appearance. While at the market, we bought a Christmas ornament to commemorate our baby's first Christmas. It was such a pleasure to be able to pick from so many beautiful ornaments - and so special for my husband, who's family is Pennsylvania Dutch, to find so many options for traditional German decorations! We finally picked one of Santa bringing gifts - something that is going to be strong enough for our son to play with as he grows and helps us decorate the tree. To me, Santa bringing gifts is one of those stories we tell at Christmas that encourages a belief in magic and miracles. The day after being at the market, we welcomed our own miracle into the world. Thanks for adding a special memory to one of the most important times in our lives."
    Erin, December 14, 2011
  • "We had a wonderful time at the Christmas market yesterday. I will return a few more times before Christmas and have some more of the delicious Glühwein!" Bernard, December 12, 2011
  • "Love the atmosphere at the Christmas Market :) Can't wait to take my parents from Germany there too!"
    Ina, December 12, 2011
  • "The Christmas Market was great again this year.......We just love the atmosphere! The changes you have made from last year worked very well, it was easy to get around! Keep up the good's to many more years of the market!!!"
    Irene, December 12, 2011
  • "Great Place to get into the Christmas Spirit! Glühwein was awesome as well as the beer from a real "Stein"! I'm German and I love the effort that has been put into this fabulous event! The kids enjoyed the Merry-go-round!"
    Jeanette, December 11, 2011
  • "Had a great time!!! Awesome atmosphere and great food!"
    Peter, December 11, 2011
  • "We had a great time at the Christmas Market yesterday. I took my mother, sister and niece. We love the set up and there were no line ups this year probably due to the better lay out. We were happy to get the bratwurst and gluhwein again and made sure we went to all the booths. Instead of ordering my Christmas ornaments online from Kathe Wohlfahrt I was able to buy them again at the Christmas market. They have such nice quality wooden ornaments hand made in Germany. A fun time was had by all and we are definitely making it a Christmas tradition."
    Nicole, December 10, 2011
  • "Love the new flow. Have been twice already and if time allows will try to sneak in another day. Did a little shopping, did a little drinking and a whole lot of eating. Good time. If you are thinking of going you will have fun. A little chilly in the evening so make sure you bundle up. The Feurerzangenbowle (for adults who drink alcohol) and the drinking chocolate are wonderful warm me ups. Music was also a very enjoyable."
    Marcella, December 9, 2011
  • "Thank you for a fantastic festive night last night. Christmas tunes, great tree and yummy food all washed down with some gluhwein and raclette."
    Siobhan, December 9, 2011
  • "What a great day at the Market! The food was amazing, Christmas Carols by Klapa Ruzmarin we beautiful & the kids had a blast on the carousel! Thank you for making our Christmas Season so special!"
    Nikki, December 8, 2011
  • "Tonight was my first visit to the market and was an absolutely amazing evening. I'm visiting my best friend in the city and we both thought just wonderful. Thank you for having this and being able to take time out of our busy lives to run away to Germany."
    Michelle, December 4, 2011
  • "Enjoyed the Christmas Market with my children and grand children. The Curry Wurst and the Glühwein were delicious. The children liked the Carousel."
    Romy, December 2, 2011
  • "Our family loves the whole Vancouver Christmas Market, but the new carousel was a particular hit with Danielle this year. Joy! A big part of the fun was picking her favourite horse (the rainbow one was chosen). The ride itself was a reminder of a special moment at the Frankfurt Christmas Market last year. Thanks for a fantastic family afternoon!"
    Lori, December 2, 2011
  • "3rd time at vancouver christmas market already. I'm always having such a good time there. Food and Glühwein are delicious and carousel is not only fun for the kids! :)"
    Liz, December 1, 2011
  • "I had such a beautiful Friday evening on Christmas market. You guys made a very good job with the new layout! Transfering the Wohlfahrt's decorations to the building was a big win. I have tried delicious Waffeln and Bratwurst. And yes, I will come again for some backed apple and other - since I bought Multiple entry pass."
    Petra, November 27, 2011

Video Reviews & Highlights

Explore B.C. with a Staycation - Check out the Vancouver Christmas Market with Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond, November, 2013

Daddy Blogger, Ricky Shetty, November 24, 2013

Highlights of the 2012 Vancouver Christmas Market

Shaw TV The Express, December 21, 2011

CBC Vancouver, December 15, 2011

Ahorn TV - December 10, 2011

BCIT Magazine - December 7, 2011

NovusTV City Lights - November 30, 2011

CityTV Breakfast Television - November 29, 2011


Archive - Press Releases and Media Advisories

Archive - Vancouver Christmas Market Reviews

  • December 21, 2011 - North Shore News
    "Christmas Market is a hit. The German-themed market debuted last season and has fast become a staple... After a recent visit with my extended family, it's easy to see why. My suggestion for visitors is to go hungry - and thirsty."
  • December 20, 2011 - Vancouver Observer
    "Last minute shopping, or a sudden craving for juicy German sauages. Whatever it is you'll be sure to find something at Vancouver's Christmas Market."
  • December 19, 2011 - Smelly Danielly
    "All the crafts and items they were selling were beautiful. Christmas ornaments, wooden carvings, stunning scarves, hand made soaps. I wanted it all! Over all it was great to visit, and so inexpensive, even with out the groupon. I’m glad we finally made it down to the Vancouver Christmas Market this year!"
  • December 13, 2011 - My story to you...
    "Every Year, the city of Vancouver holds a Christmas Fair. It boasts some of the most incredible handmade crafts and traditional European dishes and toys, it’s always loads of fun because the people are friendly and it’s always great to see that the tradition of creating crafts by hand is still going strong in people’s hearts."
  • December 12, 2011 - The Inspired Biologist
    "The market itself is a great weekend or after work visit with lots of traditional handmade Christmas crafts and ornaments and delicious food!"
  • December 12, 2011 - The Vancouver Observer
    "If you are searching for a festive activity to enjoy this holiday season, one of Vancouver's "must do" events is the second annual Vancouver Christmas Market."
  • December 11, 2011 - Munchkie's Munchies
    "Nobody does Christmas like the Germans! Or at least from what I saw and ate at the German Christmas Market in Vancouver. "
  • December 6, 2011 - Granville Online
    "The annual Vancouver Christmas Market, a traditional German Christmas market, has the foodstuffs to get you feeling festive, including traditional fruit stollen, German sausages and Feuerzangenbowle—a boozy German drink that you light on fire."
  • December 6, 2011 - Active Rain
    "Vancouver Christmas Market - German Uber-Fun! Want to reach down deep and access your inner German love for Christmas? Well, you've come to the right place! The Vancouver Christmas Market is like stepping into the Concorde (only way faster), and arriving in small town Germany. Don your laderhosen, grab your beer stein, and check out this wonderful market."
  • November 30, 2011 - Inside Vancouver
    "While North America preps for the holidays with retail blowouts, Europe primps for Christmas with street markets full of twinkly lights, handicrafts and tasty eats. But Vancouverites are lucky. We get to partake in both new world and old world festivities now that the German-style Vancouver Christmas Market is open daily in Queen Elizabeth Square."
  • November 29, 2011 - Alex The Mileage Millionaire
    "Germany Christmas markets are century old traditions where the community gather together for food, drink, laughter and fun... The Vancouver Christmas Market recreates this experience with authentic décor, complete with vendors in wooden shacks - resembling a tiny village."
  • November 28, 2011 - A Little More Good
    "I consider myself a bit of an expert on the topic of Christmas markets. Over the past twenty something years I’ve visited so many of them I couldn’t even recall them all if I wanted to... What is left now are the sweet memories of pretty lights, yummy comfort foods, and many unique finds I gave to loved ones over the years. The Vancouver Christmas Market has all that and more."
  • September 27, 2011 - Miss 604
    "I enjoyed walking around with weisswurst on a bun, a mug of Glühwein (mulled wine), listening to traditional carols with my mother, and picking out ornaments with my niece and nephews. The kids had fun making candles and chocolates, and visiting with the gingerbread characters that were walking around. Give it a shot if you missed it last year and try to go earlier in the day to avoid crowds, especially in the marketplace/ornament tent."











  • This year the market will have a marvelous tall Christmas Tree with fairy lights which creates a unique Christmas atmosphere surrounded by dozens traditional wooden booths, performance stages and festive decorations.

  • Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. A truly enchanting atmosphere.

  • Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of hosting world-class events. The Vancouver Christmas Market will change the way Vancouverites celebrate the Christmas season.

  • Christmas markets are a delightful way to begin holiday festivities. The crisp, cold air fills with the fragrance of sizzling sausages, sweet pastries, spices and hot spiced gluhwein. Booths sell sweet treats, such as chocolates, cakes, pastries, cookies and candies. Music of Christmas fills the air, in preparation for Christmas.