The Vancouver Christmas Market will be popping up on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza November 24th until December 24rd, 2010.
In the style of a traditional German Christkindlmarkt, you will be able to experience a full Christmas village with vendors and artisans taking up shop in wooden huts. Lights, decorations, gifts, crafts, a kids market, and plenty of treats await. Mulled wine, spicy gingerbread, carolers, trumpeters — you’ll be wishing everyone a Frohe Weihnachten!
The market will also host a variety of special events in early December and is available for private bookings. It is also licensed so you may partake in some traditional spirits and brews on-site but remember to drink responsibly. The nearest SkyTrain station is Stadium and it’s right off Georgia for North Shore and Downtown bus access.
Tickets are available at the door for $5 (adults), $2 (ages 7-12), and children under 6 years old are free. Follow the market on Twitter or Facebook for updates throughout the season.
Update November 24, 2010: CBC is reporting that there was an explosion and fire at the site of the Christmas Market this morning.
According to tweets from Stephen Quinn, a security guard spotted the gas leak and had everyone evacuate. No one was injured and the VFD have things under control. From a press release this afternoon:
Vancouver, BC The opening of the first annual Vancouver Christmas Market has been delayed due to a construction accident that resulted in a fire at the site on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza Wednesday morning.
Vancouver fire investigators say the fire started when a person drilling a hole in one of the Marketâ€™s huts drilled through a propane tank in the process. The propane ignited upon hitting an unknown heat source. Fortunately, no one was hurt as a result of the fire. Damage was contained to approximately six of the Marketâ€™s more than 30 vendor huts.
Update November 24, 2010: The fire caused damage to some electrical equipment on site, resulting in the need for extensive repairs and sourcing of parts, which will delay the opening until early the week of November 29.
Update November 27, 2010 per a press release today, the market will open tomorrow:
“Thanks to the efforts of workers and volunteers, the Market will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Sunday, November 28 at 11am and continue to run daily from 11am to 9pm through December 24th.”
Update I had the chance to check out the Vancouver Christmas Market last night, here are a few photos.
Feathered birds, wooden nativity scenes, alpen figures, and classic decorations. Among all of the ornaments I was surprised to see a festive pickle, however I did bring one home to adorn our tree.
The band played familiar tunes while the aroma of bratwurst, potatoes, cinnamon spice apple cider and sugary crepes filled the air. Although our night was extremely soggy, the kids had a wonderful time getting airbrush tattoos, meeting Holly & Jolly (the gingerbread mascots), decorating their own candles and chocolate candies.
Update September 2011 Vancouver Christmas Market returns this season.