Market Now Open – Top Ten Things to See & Do in 2017

November 22, 2017

This is it, the magic moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Today, we swing open the gates to the 8th annual Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza, and trust us – this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

More than 75 traditional huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures are guaranteed to delight. Tons of family-friendly entertainment and very merry activities are in store to get you into the holiday spirit.

Hearty Gulasch, warm Spätzle, and sizzling sausages will all be making a comeback, but we also have a host of delicious new delectables on offer. Think gourmet salmon burgers, Swiss-style Raclette, and artisanal chocolate bars fresh from the Alps.

And that’s not all.

This year, we unveil a 30-foot walk-in Christmas tree, gleaming with more than 36,000 twinkling lights. Our monumental Christmas pyramid is also back this year with a new ‘Flying Stage’ for the best view of performances.

As your mouth begins to water and you start to imagine the winter wonderland that awaits you, take a look at our Top Ten Things to See and Do at this year’s Vancouver Christmas Market.

We can’t wait to see you there!


  1. Shop

Vancouver Christmas Market is known for its amazing variety of rare and one-of-a-kind gifts from local and international artisans. Handmade treasures from elegant paper star lights and scented candles, to fine, intricately knitted gloves and unique German-made candle arches are waiting to be discovered. And the best part about shopping at the market? You can sip on a mug of spiced Glühwein while you’re at it.


  1. Catch a Show

This year’s market is loaded with non-stop live entertainment – more than 65 artists are slated in the lineup. For the first time, audiences can take in performances elevated on our very own ‘Flying Stage’. Perched 10 feet above the market, the ‘Flying Stage’ is located on the newly added second level of the Christmas Pyramid. Be sure to check out the full performance schedule for a list of award-winning singers, jazz bands, carollers and more:


  1. Fill your belly – and your cup!

Eat, drink and be merry with an abundance of scrumptious treats at the market. Bring your appetite and enjoy delicacies by 20+ food huts. On the menu is Gulasch, Spätzle, (handmade German egg noodles), bratwurst, gourmet soups, hand crafted alpine chocolate bars and Raclette. New this year: Eat F.I.S.H, who specialize in local sustainable seafood, as well as Persephone Brewing Co’s organic beer made from local ingredients, and Wild Goose Winery’s German style wines.


  1. Test your Holiday Smarts

Did you know that Christmas carolling first originated in England, or that the Christmas Pyramid is a tradition from Germany? If you enjoy gathering these fun facts, you will love our festive Trivia Night on Nov. 28. Cozy on up in our Alpine Haus and put your yuletide knowledge to the test.


  1. Feel like a kid again on the Christmas Carousel

Spin all around, up and down along to chiming holiday carols on Downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel. The young and the young at heart can enjoy a merry ride for just $3.


  1. Meet Santa

Meeting Santa Claus is a cherished childhood experience kids never forget. Adorned in a glittering array of twinkling lights and decorations, our enchanted Photo Hut is the perfect place for little ones to share their special moment with Mr. Claus and get that framable photo to look back on for years to come.


  1. For Kids – A Scavenger Hunt

Wondering how to keep the kids busy while the parents shop, drink and play at the market? Our friends and partners at 4Cats have fun free arts & crafts activities at Kinderhuts available for kids age four and up. Little ones can write a postcard to Santa, create spin-art snowflakes, build their own snowman, and more. Maps are available at the Info Hut.


  1. Deluxe Date Night

Christmas is one of the most romantic times of year, so why not bring your special someone along to our very first Date Night on December 6. Visit our winter wonderland and enjoy specially curated deals for duos, tastings for two, prizes for pairs and more romantic fun throughout the market.


  1. Photo Contest

Christmas will be here in a flash and to celebrate, we’re launching our first-ever photo contest. Be it a shot taken alongside the wintery Alpine-style huts, or a selfie snapped while enjoying a hot mug of mulled wine, we want to see all those yuletide pictures that sum up the holidays for you. Did we mention the grand prize is a trip for two to Germany? The top five photos, as voted by Vancouver Christmas Market fans, will also be featured in an article on Get snapping and don’t forget to use our hashtag #VanChristmasSnaps to be in with a chance to win. Prize valued at $4,650. With special thanks to Erdinger and Stiegl for providing this jaw-dropping prize.


  1. Step into Canada’s only Walk-in Christmas Tree

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Take in thousands of twinkling lights – 36,000 to be exact – as you traverse through a magical archway to enter Canada’s only walk-in Christmas tree. Bring your friends for a group shot inside – our magnificent tree comfortably fits up to 10 guests and rises above the market at 30 feet tall.

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