Creating cherished Christmas memories with your little ones is one of the best things about the holiday season.
And in a magical setting here at Vancouver Christmas Market, we have an abundance of fun-filled activities that are guaranteed to get the kids in the festive spirit.
Everything from one-on-one Santa experiences and festive mascots, to Christmas carousels, crafting huts, scavenger hunts, and more awaits!
So bundle up and come on down.
Visit Santa Claus
Take a special journey with your kids and deliver those Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus in person. Santa will be taking time out of his busy toy-making schedule to visit the market at the Photo Hut each evening. Complete with beautiful lights and a festive atmosphere, kids can experience a magical fantasy world as they sit on Santa’s knee, pose for photos and share their Christmas wishes. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Photo Hut from 5pm-9pm on Monday–Fridays and 3pm-9pm, Saturday & Sundays. On December 24, Santa finishes early as he has a special job to attend to that night. Hours will be 12pm-6pm.
Take a Ride on the Christmas Carousel
No childhood is complete without taking a whirl aboard Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel. But it’s not just for kids. The whimsical woodland creatures and nostalgic music will trigger some of your fondest childhood memories. Children must be at least 2 years of age and 36 inches tall to ride the carousel. Tickets cost $3 or $10 for an unlimited day pass.
Meet Holly & Jolly
Everybody’s favourite gingerbread mascots, Holly & Jolly, will be on hand spreading festive joy throughout the market once again. The delightful duo love to dance around with visitors, give big warm hugs and pose for silly selfies.
Kinderhut Hunt & 4Cats Crafts
New to this year’s Vancouver Christmas Market, children and adults alike will delight in arts & crafts activities at six Kinderhuts throughout the market. Thanks to our friends and partners, 4Cats Arts Studio, your little ones can write a postcard to Santa, create spin-art snowflakes, build their own snowmen, plus more. But the fun doesn’t end there. Complete the Kinderhut Scavenger Hunt by collecting a stamp from all six huts to receive a free ride on the magical Christmas Carousel! Kinderhut Hunt maps are available at the Info Hut.
One of the best parts of the holidays is the sweet scent of gingerbread that fills the air. If you’re looking to create a Christmas tradition that your kids will always remember, come on down to the Gingerbread Haus. Purchase a decorating kit in which you’ll find a gingerbread cookie to adorn in colourful sprinkles, smarties, marshmallows, and other sweet treats. Take your delicious creation to go – Gingerbread Haus offers a free container to keep cookies fresh!
Kinderpunsch is just what its name translates to – Kid’s punch. After all, warm and spicy holiday drinks aren’t just for adults. This alcohol-free hot punch made with herbal tea, fruit juices and delicious festive spices will keep your kids warm and toasty this holiday season. Perfect for a brisk winter’s eve, Kinderpunsch is available at Das Apfelhaus.