Guest Post written by Julie Bowen.
Enjoy An Authentic Christmas Market Experience
Vancouver is a fantastic place to shop. With a huge array of department stores, high end stores and a host of thriving boutique and independent stores too, whatever you’re looking for you’re sure to find it in Vancouver.
When the holidays approach Vancouver suddenly boasts an additional and exciting shopping option too; the Vancouver Christmas Market. Offering a wide array of unusual hand-crafted gift options, this is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for something special. People will be surprised and delighted by the traditional and bespoke traditional European treats.
Even the smallest towns and villages in Europe host their own Christmas markets. These are generally a much more subdued affair than the market we host in Vancouver, as the famous beer tent so popular here in Canada is often missing from the smaller rural European events.
In rural Europe the markets are used as meeting places for communities to come together, share local news and enjoy delicacies whilst picking up hand crafted Christmas gifts. In the larger European cities though the Christmas markets have a more vibrant festive atmosphere that is very similar to the atmosphere you will find here in Vancouver.
However, if you have visited Christmas markets when travelling in Europe and you think you know what to expect before you come to visit us but you may be surprised: Vancouver Christmas Market is completely unique. We have taken the very best aspects of different Christmas markets from all over the world and combined them to create a one of a kind experience.
Traditional Tastes of Europe
Each European Christmas market has something special to offer; the coastal city of Zeebrugge in Belgium, for example, is one of the most popular Christmas market cruise destinations in Europe and is famous for its delicious and varied array of Belgian chocolates.
You cannot visit the German Christmas markets of Berlin and Koln without enjoying a meaty bratwurst sausage. And the mulled wine in Eastern European markets such as coastal Tallinn is considered the richest available. However when you visit Vancouver Christmas Market you can travel the world in one meal time and enjoy each of these famous native dishes in one place. The ‘I love chocolate’ stall showcases chocolate from all over the world, for example, and ‘The Black Forest Delicatessen’ sells traditional German sausages.
Touring the Christmas markets of Europe is a great way to see several different cultures take on the Christmas market in one short vacation. If you’re lucky enough to live in or around Vancouver though, you don’t have to travel to enjoy the authentic experience of Christmases from around the world: simply book your tickets to the Vancouver Christmas market and get swept away by the excitement and the atmosphere!