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Choose from Three Options
- $9 for non-peak admission for two to Vancouver Christmas Market plus two carousel rides ($18 value)
- $18 for non-peak admission for two to Vancouver Christmas Market plus two carousel rides, two ciders, and two souvenir mugs ($36 value)
- $36 for non-peak admission for four to Vancouver Christmas Market, plus four carousel rides, four ciders, and four souvenir mugs ($72 value)
At the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, visitors stroll through a wonderland of little wooden huts adorned with pine branches and twinkling lights. They can browse hand-carved nutcrackers and ornaments while sipping apple cider and pause to ride the colourful carousel. The Groupons are valid on Monday through Thursday, November 25 to December 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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 55 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 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 German 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.