Eat, Drink & Be Merry at the 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market {Events}

Vancouver Christmas Market Carousel
Vancouver Christmas Market Skyline
Photo Credit: Vancouver Christmas Market

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of sleigh bells nipping at the back of our heels. Christmas is literally around the corner now and many of our favourite family traditions are about to open for the season and we are beyond holiday excited!

The Vancouver Christmas Market has always been one of the top things we make sure to do as a family to get into the holiday spirit, from the beautiful displays throughout the grounds, the live festive entertainment, and the most delicious sweets and treats to try out before hitting the carousel, it’s a place that our family has some of our favourite holiday memories – and we’re excited to capture some new ones this year. 

Alivia Vancouver Christmas Market Commemorative Mug

Get ready to fill your bellies this year with an array of mouth-watering traditional delectables including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine that my other half hasn’t stopped talking about since last December), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and so much more. The apple cider and hot chocolate are A’s favourite and she’s always excited to get her own tiny mug to warm her hands with each year.

This year’s market will also include a variety of new local vendors that will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German-style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co. Basically…. come hungry!

Vancouver-Christmas-Market Ornaments

This year’s market promises to offer its largest German festivities to date. The cherished holiday tradition will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with a multitude of festive family activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 215,000 visitors last season, the Vancouver
Christmas Market remains one of the city’s beloved holiday experiences.

“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Among this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and selfie-worthy light display. The Christmas Pyramid also returns, this year taller than ever with the addition of a brand new
‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market. The Flying Stage will host a lively line-up of festive entertainment daily. The entertainment line-up is stacked with a wide range of musical talent performing a steady stream of seasonal favourites that span every genre – from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel.

In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as the Christmas Carousel and the warming Alpine Haus tent, designed to accommodate more than 250 people, you can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees. For us, a visit to the market is always an excuse to pick up our annual Christmas ornaments to remember each visit. We have quite the wooden ornament collection happening on our tree!

Vancouver Christmas Market Carousel

Our family has made the trek down to the market for the past 3 years, and we are so excited that again, the city’s signature yuletide celebration will be returning to its expansive seaside home at Jack Pool Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). This location is perfect for families to drive or sky train down to with ample parking and transportation options against an incredible backdrop. There is literally something for everyone at the Vancouver Christmas Market and each year gets better and better!

Tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale! Have you grabbed yours yet?


Event Information:

When: November 22 to December 24, 2017: 11am – 9pm | December 24: Closed at 6pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron (Vancouver Convention Centre West) | 1055 Canada Place
Tickets: Single Admission Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5 | (Children under 6 are Free) | Christmas Packages from $25
More Information: Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos available at:

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{We have partnered with the Vancouver Christmas Market to share this information with you, as always.. all crazy Christmas excitement and event opinions are our own.}

Tara Jensen
Tara is a parenting influencer based on the West Coast. With her full time career in health care, she focuses on green living, healthy family choices and encouraging families to live a fabulously frugal lifestyle. She lives on coffee, cuddles and post-its, generally in that order. When she isn’t working, she can be found outdoors exploring beautiful British Columbia with her family.