Vancouver Christmas Market

Comments 99 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 5th annual Vancouver Christmas Market opens on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in Downtown Vancouver. This slice of European holiday cheer hosts 50 unique vendors and a variety of themed activities through to Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

Take a spin on Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel, enjoy some glühwein and schnitzel, and shop for holiday treats, gifts, and decorations. There is also a full schedule of live entertainment including a performance from the legendary Dal Richards on opening day, November 22nd.

Being in the open air, with the warm aromas of baked goods and European fare, shopping for gifts and browsing hundreds of unique ornaments are all reasons why I love visiting the market each year.

Vancouver Christmas Market Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market Vancouver Christmas Market Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market, located at 650 Hamilton St, will be open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm, and until 6:00pm on Christmas Eve. Admission is $7 for adults (13+) in the evenings after 4:00pm and $4 during the day from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Seniors (60+) receive $1 off admission, youth (7-12) are $3 and children (0-6) are free anytime.

For the price of any paid admission, visitors will be given a free season’s pass so that they can return to the market anytime over the course of the 33-day event. Those who attend between 11:00am and 2:00pm on weekdays can beat the crowds and enjoy 2-for-1 lunch admission.

Vancouver Christmas Market Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market Vancouver Christmas Market

Win Tickets

If you would like to check out the market, I have a 4-pack of gate tickets to give away (good for any day of the market). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite holiday decorations, crafts, or ornaments (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to the @VanChristmas Market from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Eygng

Follow the Vancouver Christmas Market on Twitter and Facebook for more special event information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Update The winner is Linda!

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99 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Aaron B.Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 11:17am PST

    Definitely the tree!!

  2. DaveWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 11:17am PST

    Christmas lights!

  3. BradWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 11:29am PST

    Stockings!

  4. ESTELA S.Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 11:39am PST

    WRAPPING PRESENTS….CRAZY, I KNOW!

  5. SarahWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 12:14pm PST

    My favorite decoration has always been the manjer! I used to take all the animals on adventures around the house πŸ™‚

  6. NicoleWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 12:42pm PST

    mistletoe! πŸ™‚

  7. StephanieWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 12:49pm PST

    The ornaments.

  8. LucWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 1:10pm PST

    The inflatable reindeer in the courtyard!

  9. Lisa GedakWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 1:38pm PST

    The best decoration is the mistletoe, what an excuse for a smooch:) Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. AlexWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 2:02pm PST

    best ones are what the kids make at school

  11. MoniqueWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 3:38pm PST

    snow globes!

  12. LauraWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 3:40pm PST

    The tree.

  13. SteveWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 3:41pm PST

    The lights all the way.

  14. Sandra TWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 4:04pm PST

    Love making snowflakes to put up in the office!

  15. Mary LeCleirWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 6:07pm PST

    bubble lights, takes me back to my childhood

  16. GraemeWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 6:34pm PST

    Definitely the lights and especially when there is snow.

  17. juliaWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 7:17pm PST

    Lichterketten

  18. ChrisWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 7:21pm PST

    Putting up the tree and wrapping the presents

  19. Dayna WilsonWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 7:51pm PST

    Home made ones that my kids and I make together.

  20. sunshine hWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 7:54pm PST

    We love walking around the neighbourhood to see the lights and inflatables.

  21. Anne :)Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 8:26pm PST

    Clove oranges~~ Makes the house smell AMAZING! And lights. The plain ones, not multicoloured.

  22. TracyWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 8:29pm PST

    A fully decked out Christmas tree!

  23. Melissa HoffmannWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 8:57pm PST

    Fancy handpainted glass Christmas balls.

  24. Tony EWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 9:12pm PST

    Little red balls

  25. KamWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 9:28pm PST

    Multi-coloured Christmas lights!

  26. LindaWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 9:29pm PST

    christmas lights

  27. JoanneWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 9:50pm PST

    Nothing beats the ornaments I made when I was in 4th grade. Always and will be a classic for me!

  28. AngelaWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 9:57pm PST

    Tweeted about the contest!

  29. GordWednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 10:10pm PST

    Christmas lights πŸ™‚

  30. Heidi C.Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 — 10:23pm PST

    lights

  31. IsabellaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 12:04am PST

    I think it’s between lights and ornaments. but who doesn’t love a good ornament?

  32. AustinThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 12:19am PST

    Definitely the family time and FOOD! And music and, gahh, just about everything. <3

  33. JasonThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 12:54am PST

    The lights the food…the clear blue winter days.

  34. DianneThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 1:08am PST

    christmas lights

  35. RebeccaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 1:22am PST

    I love my tree with bubble lights!

  36. DebThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 6:40am PST

    Love going out, getting the tree, trimming and decorating. Makes the house smell so fresh!

  37. BrittinThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 7:57am PST

    Homemade ornaments from when I was a kid – particularly the edible ones that have a bite taken out of them πŸ˜›

  38. MaryanneThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 8:25am PST

    We love lights! Lights everywhere!

  39. Daryl MThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 8:40am PST

    I love the smell of the tree and wreath!

  40. CatherineThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 9:27am PST

    I love the hand crafted ornaments my sisters and I made while growing up. We hang them on the tree each year! πŸ™‚

  41. Lisa T.Thursday, November 20th, 2014 — 9:58am PST

    My pewter nativity set πŸ™‚

  42. StevenThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 10:22am PST

    Love the ornaments that I made in elementary school in my youth.

  43. LindaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 10:28am PST

    I like tinsel.

  44. EileenThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 10:49am PST

    Wreath for the front door.

  45. LisaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 10:50am PST

    Love the Christmas lights on the trees and on the houses.

  46. CarinaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 1:44pm PST

    Love the tree and the lights.

  47. CindyThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 2:53pm PST

    Ornaments!

  48. SharaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 8:01pm PST

    I love the star I have for my tree. It was the one my parents used when I was a kid and my Mom sent it to me after I left NS for BC.

  49. daveThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 9:03pm PST

    christmas lights

  50. NinaThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 11:16pm PST

    christmas lights ~~~~ πŸ™‚

  51. Teresa KThursday, November 20th, 2014 — 11:47pm PST

    Lights

  52. PeterFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 7:06am PST

    I’m Australian so I always loved the snow-in-a-can as we could never get the real stuff!

  53. Julie VerhoevenFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 9:55am PST

    I love tradition and non traditional glass ornaments, but don’t have too many yet, I have two little boys who need to touch our tree!

  54. hoFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 11:15am PST

    Love this fair!

  55. JocelynFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 12:21pm PST

    Last year I bought a Christmas lava lamp for my husband which I totally love.

  56. rena orioliFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 1:27pm PST

    The tree..smells so good

  57. AmberPFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 2:03pm PST

    The Christmas Tree with homemade decorations!

  58. KristynFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 3:43pm PST

    I love ice sculptures, they dont last long in Vancouver but I find them so mesmerizing!

  59. Jen RFriday, November 21st, 2014 — 5:04pm PST

    The Christmas Tree!

  60. BrendaSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 12:27am PST

    Christmas Tree with lights, ornaments and presents underneath it!

  61. A.J.Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 12:30am PST

    I always liked making those popcorn on a string decorations. Or maybe it was just that I liked eating the popcorn before it made it onto the string lol!

  62. GraceSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 10:26am PST

    The Christmas tree!

  63. marisa.pSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 10:47am PST

    The tree- and candles. We love sitting with all the candles glowing and the log on tv….lol

  64. MarissaSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 10:59am PST

    Tinsel

  65. AnaSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 11:24am PST

    Manger scenes, the more elaborate the better!

  66. MaureenSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 7:31pm PST

    Snowman ornaments are my favourite.

  67. LynnSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 7:34pm PST

    Christmas tree

  68. LiseSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 10:07pm PST

    Santas and Angels

  69. Marlene FreylingerSaturday, November 22nd, 2014 — 10:34pm PST

    I love the vintage Santa ornaments.

  70. IngridSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 1:00am PST

    My mother and I made hundreds of German cookies at Christmas. The house would smell of vanilla and nutmeg for days.

  71. AnnemarieSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 1:13am PST

    Hanging up Christmas cards. We would string them up all over the house.

  72. MarySunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 3:31am PST

    I love the Christmas lights!!!

  73. stephanie smallSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 10:04am PST

    favorite Christmas decorations are nutcrackers and snow globes!

  74. ConnieSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 11:56am PST

    I love owl ornaments and reindeer decorations. They always make the tree look cheerful and bright especially if they’re sparkly!

  75. LindaSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 12:59pm PST

    Christmas lights and candles.

  76. EddieSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 1:18pm PST

    Spreading Christian Christmas joy ananthem whole feeling of Christmas.

  77. kaySunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 7:58pm PST

    Nutcracker!

  78. ShannonSunday, November 23rd, 2014 — 9:45pm PST

    Unique ornaments and stockings!

  79. CarolMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 6:43am PST

    I love to see the angel on the top of the Christmas Tree.

  80. ChistaMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 9:00am PST

    rudolph ornaments are my fave.

  81. WenMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 9:24am PST

    Angel at the top of the tree.

  82. KatyMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 10:19am PST

    Absolutely LOVE the Christmas Pickle I hang on the tree every year!

  83. Tracey FlattesMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 10:44am PST

    The Elf on the Shelf – my kids transform into angels once it appears!

  84. JPMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 10:59am PST

    My white Christmas tree!

  85. Michelle MMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 12:08pm PST

    Christmas tree and ornaments that my kids made.

  86. AilsaMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 8:17pm PST

    Can’t wait to go to this. It’s our first Christmas in Vancouver and I’m excited by all that’s going on .

  87. Anne GuagliardoMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 8:34pm PST

    Xmas tree πŸ™‚

  88. Katie BorrettMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 8:48pm PST

    My favorite decoration is fresh pine – it makes the house smell wonderful and is more of a natural image to Christmas rather than the sparkle and gold some of the decorating has become:)

  89. Deborah SmartMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 9:00pm PST

    My favourite holiday decorations have to be the ones my kids made when they were little – I still hang them up every year πŸ™‚

  90. Debbie SMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 9:30pm PST

    Its not Christmas without a Nativity Scene on the base of the fireplace πŸ™‚

  91. KristaMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 11:25pm PST

    I love making a new Christmas wreath with my daughter every year. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  92. Brenda AMonday, November 24th, 2014 — 11:42pm PST

    decorating the tree with the family!

  93. StotesTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 6:29am PST

    The lights!

  94. KimberleyTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 10:41am PST

    My family would love to see this at Christmas!

  95. HelenTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 12:15pm PST

    love the lights and the smells

  96. Stacey CookTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 6:52pm PST

    Looks like a great venue to get all your hard to buy gifts…..

  97. RosheenTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 6:53pm PST

    mmmm, the food ! And always love the tree

  98. MeaganTuesday, November 25th, 2014 — 11:14pm PST

    nutcrackers!

  99. Jamie DunneWednesday, November 26th, 2014 — 8:54pm PST

    NOTHING beats christmas lights. nothing.

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