Vancouver Christmas Market Visit for Two, or Visit for Two or Four with Cider and Souvenir Mugs (Up to Half Off)

Downtown Vancouver

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Traditional German holiday foods, handmade gifts, and Christmas decorations stuff a European-themed Christmas market

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Expires Dec 24th, 2012. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid until 11/24. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $8 for admission for two and two carousel rides (up to a $16 value)
  • $17 for admission for two, two carousel rides, two hot spiced apple ciders, and two souvenir mugs (up to a $34 value)
  • $34 for admission for four, four carousel rides, four hot spiced apple ciders, and four souvenir mugs (up to a $68 value)

Saturday, November 24, through Sunday, December 23, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday, December 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Vancouver Christmas Market transforms the outdoor plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre into a holiday-themed winter wonderland. Visitors peruse the wares of vendors and listen to live musical performances throughout the market, eating German holiday treats and sipping cider. Children aged 6 and younger are regularly admitted for free. Customers also receive a re-entry pass and can redeem their passes and explore the grounds' festive offering any day or time during operating hours.

Vancouver Christmas Market

When does it officially become Christmastime? For Vancouverites, it's actually in late November, when the scents of mulled wine and gingerbread and the sounds of bells and trumpets fill the crisp air. It's a time when the eyes widen at the sight of little wooden huts decked out in twinkling white lights and pine branches, of a sparkling carousel pirouetting in the night. This is the Vancouver Christmas Market.

In founding this beloved wintertime utopia, Malte Kluetz brings a 700-year-old tradition from the streets of his native Hamelin, Germany, to the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. German Christmas markets are a staple of European holiday seasons, and over the past few years, the Vancouver market has become a similarly un-missable destination for locals.

Here, a forests' worth of light-spangled pine trees and wreaths crowd the plaza, joining 45 wooden huts in which craftspeople and chefs—many from Germany themselves—share their handiwork. Shoppers peruse hand-carved nutcrackers and ornaments, and at any given moment of the day or night, the music of carolers, a string trio, or a jazz band might warm chilly ears.

After a hug from the market's gingerbread mascots, children might go on a scavenger hunt, decorate candles, or head to the old-fashioned Christmas carousel, encrusted with hundreds of amber lights, to show parents just how good they would be at riding a pony if they had their own. When they're done, kids and their parents head off in search of herbed Bavarian bratwursts, pastries, bubbly German wheat beers, and inky, sweetly spiced gluhwein.

Like any good Christmas market, the Vancouver market's festivities are anchored by a massive tree. At its pinnacle sits a glowing star—a beacon signaling the arrival of the holiday season.

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