The Vancouver Christmas Market is Now Open – Here are the Top Things to Eat, Drink and Do

The Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and there is no better spot in town to get into the holiday spirit. The market is modeled after the long-standing tradition of “Christkindlmarkts” found all across Germany. Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza is once again transformed into a charming European mini-town filled with mirth and cheer.

80 vendor booths feature local artisans and an assortment of food and drink. Ride the authentic German carousel before you take a stroll through Lover’s Lane where a 20,000-light archway garnished with mistletoe awaits.

Take a closer look at some of the attractions we wanted to highlight.

The Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Photo by Jeanne Chen

The Gingerbread Men quartet is a new addition to the Vancouver Christmas Market this year. Listen to these delightful gentlemen sing your favourite holiday tunes while you drink a cup of Glühwein – a mulled-wine made in the German Christmas tradition.

Gluhwein
Photo by Jeanne Chen

Food Worth the Long Wait

Make sure to come hungry if you’re visiting the Vancouver Christmas Market just for the food. Savor the warm and comforting Gulasch from Das Gulasch Haus. Indulge in the dreamy, melted cheese at Cheese Me Raclette. Stop by West Coast Wild Foods to pick up foraged mushrooms and decadent fresh truffles straight from the Pacific Northwest.

Gulasch
Photo by Jeanne Chen

Don’t forget to make room for dessert! Two Sweet Elves serve up classic Danish poffertjes – mini pancakes served with your choice of toppings. Top these off with Nutella and M&Ms or keep it simple with strawberries and cream.

Head to Transylvanian Chimney Cakes where they have Hungarian kürt?skalács. That is not a typo! Chimney cakes with flakey dough coated with cinnamon sugar, walnuts, or all the above.

Be sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate from I Love Chocolate to warm you up and further satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.

WunderBAR

Wunderbar
Photo by Jeanne Chen

Tickets to the WunderBAR ($34.99 online) will get you reserved seating inside a cozy winter cabin and a season pass to the Market. Your ticket comes complete with a Christmas cocktail, charcuterie, and a German dessert.

WunderBAR serves you holiday cocktails so you can drink-and-be-merry. Get a taste of award-winning spirits from BC’s original farm-to-flask distillery Okanagan Spirits.

For non-alcoholic beverages, Das Apfel Haus serves up sweet and spiced traditional German cider drinks.

Hot Deals

There is so much to explore at the Market that it is worth making multiple trips to see all it has to offer this season. This year, the Market is offering $10 Tuesdays until the week of Christmas. 2-for-1 Deluxe Date Nights include 2-for-1 entry, hot drinks, and carousel rides after 5pm. Date nights offered on November 27, December 4, and December 11.

The Market is open November 20 to December 23 from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM daily and December 24 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

Adult admission starts at $12.99 online, $15 at the gate. Buy Tickets Here.

Jessica Kaplan

Jessica Kaplan

Jessica is a writer, editor, and foodie with a passion for eating and drinking her way around the world. With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and several years in the wine industry, you can find her exploring new restaurants, experimenting with flavors in her own kitchen, or wandering around Granville Island in search of the perfect ingredient.