Vancouver Christmas Market reveals 2018 dates, expanded offerings

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A modern holiday season tradition, the Vancouver Christmas Market will once again bring its twinkling lights, Alpine village vibes, and mulled wine to downtown for a month-long stay.

Running from November 21 to December 24, 2018, the 9th annual Vancouver Christmas Market will set up at Jack Poole Plaza and offer guests a festive, cheery escape into a Christmassy wonderland.

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For 2018, in addition to the expected decor, food, drink, and live entertainment–and that lovely carousel–the Market is adding some fun new features.

“This year, we are thrilled to present even more engaging holiday experiences for visitors of all ages to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether gathering to indulge in traditional German delicacies, shopping together for that one-of-a-kind gift, or meeting with friends to take in a wide range of special events […] we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to celebrate this joyous time of year!” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market in a media release.

Here’s what’s new this year:

  • Alpine Lounge: Heated seating area for enjoying food and drink
  • The Winterdeck: featuring a charming entrance arch, a giant lit-up picture frame, and stunning views of the North Shore
  • Lovers’ Lane: a 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe
  • Love Locks: A nearby installation near the tunnel to which lovers can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock’

Plus, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be there, Canada’s first walk-in Christmas tree (covered in 36,000 twinkling lights), and expanded food offerings that will have your cravings satisfied from rustic German fare to modern plant-based options.

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You’ll be able to chow down on tons of goodies, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine); German Bratwurst; Gulasch; Spätzle; Schnitzel; Strudels; Transylvanian Chimney Cakes; a selection of German beer; award-winning German style wine; vegan and vegetarian fare from the Organic Villa Vegan Haus; charcuterie from the Charcuterie Haus; sweet and savoury macarons prepared by Bon Macaron Patisserie; syrup-filled pancakes made by Mr. Hot Cakes; warm roasted chestnuts from JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts; and gluten free hard apple cider made by Howling Moon Craft Cider.

There will also be lots for kids to do, including photos with Santa and crafting, the carousel to ride, and much more for the whole family to enjoy.

For 2018, some special programming has been introduced:

  • Children’s Wish Weeks: November 23 to December 7
    The Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation. During the market’s ‘Children’s Wish Weeks,’ please visit the market and make a donation to help raise $10,000 to make a deserving child’s wish come true.
  • Free Carousel Fridays: November 23, November 30 & December 7
    Enjoy carousel rides on the Christmas Carousel offered by donation to Children’s Wish.
  • Shopping Day: November 25
    Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vancouver Christmas Market! This special day will feature one-day-only deals at gift vendors throughout the market.
  • Foodie Tuesdays: November 27 & December 4
    A chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under.
  • Club Christmas: November 29, December 6, December 13 & December 20
    Every Thursday, join us for some after-work drinks, and enjoy our new, later market hours as you bust-a-move with Vancouver’s coolest DJs at the Christmas Pyramid or belt out a tune at karaoke in the Alpine Lounge.
  • Kids Day: December 1
    Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (13 and under) will be able to enter the market and enjoy rides on the Christmas Carousel by providing a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation.
  • Deluxe Date Night: December 5
    Romance is always in the air at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but we’re hanging a little extra mistletoe for this special night of love! Enjoy 2-for-1 Entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors.
  • Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson Visits the Market: December 7
    Calling all Vancouver Canucks fans! We are delighted to announce that in support of Children’s Wish Weeks, November 23 – December 7, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be on site to help make a child’s wish come true. Visitors who make a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him. Are you skilled enough to take him on?

Tickets to the 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale, and are priced as follows: Adult $12, Seniors $11, Youth Age 7-12 $5, Children Age 0-6 FREE. Family ticketing and season’s passes also available.

Vancouver Christmas Market

When: November 21-December 24, 2018
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Coal Harbour