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$8 for Admission for Two and Two Carousel Rides (a $16 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
Drawing inspiration from a centuries-old German tradition, wherein people would warm away their winter blues and welcome the holiday season with uproarious festivities, the Vancouver Christmas Market fills the night air with mirth. Rows of lighted evergreens and more than 45 wooden huts lined with pine branches and twinkling lights spread out under the sky, allowing guests to duck in and examine European-themed, often handcrafted, wares. In addition to traditional German foods—bratwurst, fruitcake-like stollen, and mugs of hot mulled glühwein—the huts also house vendors slinging all manner of gifts and decorations. Woodcarvings, knitted scarves, and ornate beer steins perfectly slip into stockings, populate the space beneath a Christmas tree, or serve as spot-savers in the local hot tub, and delicate glass ornaments or nutcrackers help bring Christmas cheer into homes.
While guests peruse the collection of edible and giftable goods, they can also enjoy the sights and sounds of performances by traditional European choirs and dance troupes. At the on-site Kids' Market, a variety of age-appropriate activities entertain younger children, including a festive carousel, chocolate-lollipop-decorating stations, and gingerbread mascots.