The Vancouver Christmas Market

Front entrance

My husband loves to travel. He’s one of those people who always has a trip planned in advance. If we don’t have the money to go, he shrugs and starts planning the next one. If we can’t go on a big trip, we might settle for a day trip. Last week he did some research and found out about the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Handmade incense burners

This traveling market opened for its eighth year on the Vancouver waterfront and features over 75 authentic German stores in the tradition of December Christkindlmarkts in small German towns.

Mulled wine bar topped with a concert hall

We skipped the mulled wine in favor of “coffee nogs” (eggnog lattes) topped with whipped cream and candy canes. I had mulled wine waiting for us at home.

The nutcracker stand

My daughter hit every one of the kinderhuts, where volunteers helped small children make free arts and crafts. She made her own snow man ornament, a snowflake out of pipe cleaners, and some randomized art courtesy of a paint spinner.

View of Stanley Park

It was a cold and misty day on the waterfront, and that kept the crowd light. It seems most visitors wait until dark to go and the lines get long after 5pm, so consider visiting early in the day for maximum breathing space.

Inside the tree of lights

My daughter loved the carousel, and we loved the wild mushroom soup. Other appealing food options included pretzels, huckleberry pie, spaetzle and pierogies.

The tree of lights looking up

The market runs daily through December 23 and closes on December 24 at 6pm.

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