Vancouver Christmas Market
Nov 22 - Dec 23, 11am-9pm
Dec 24, 11am-6pm


Music & Entertainment

Press, Media & Reviews

History of Christmas Markets


Traditional German Market Food & Beverages

A sampling of the terrific food and drink that you will find at the Vancouver Christmas Market

Feuerzangenbowle, Dresden, Germany

FeuerzangenbowleFeuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a sugar cube is flambéed with rum, dripping into mulled wine. It is often part of a Christmas or New Year's Eve tradition. The name translates literally to "fire-tongs punch". The resulting punch is served in mugs while the burner keeps the bowl warm. More important than the drink itself is the ceremony, conveying a notion of Gemütlichkeit.

Traditional Glühwein, Germany

GlueweinGlühwein is popular in German-speaking countries and the region of Alsace in France. It is the traditional beverage offered during the Christmas holidays and is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. Fruit wines such as cherry wine and cider are used as well instead of grape wine in Germany. This hot drink is very popular at the German Christmas Markets and at the Vancouver Christmas Market where you can enjoy a cup of Glühwein while strolling the Market with family & friends visiting our vendors and enjoying the entertainment..

Come to the Vancouver Christmas Market and have a little Gemuetlichkeit while shopping unique Christmas gifts and eating some delicious food. Also, the fruit-based non alcoholic version allows everyone to taste all Christmas flavours... What a cozy outdoor experience during Christmas time!

Krombacher Brauerei, Germany

Krombacher Brauerei is one of the largest privately owned breweries in Germany and ranks number 2 among Germany's best selling breweries. The brewery was founded on 4 February 1803 by Johannes Haas and since then uses the soft, low mineral water from the Krombacher Rock Springas as the basis for the brewed beer. The Krombacher Brewery produces the most famous Pilsener in Germany, a delicious Weizen, a wheat beer, and a traditional Altbier, Dunkel.

Artisan Bake Shoppe, North Vancouver

Artisan Bake ShoppeOriginally from Germany, Markus Jaeger produces a vast variety of German style bread and cakes in his bakery in North Vancouver. He is looking forward to presenting the famous Christstollen during the Vancouver Christmas Market. Stollen is a bread-like fruitcake made with yeast, water and flour, and usually with zest added to the dough. Candied orange peel and candied citrus peel, raisins and almonds, and different spices such as cardamom and cinnamon are added. Except for the fruit added, the dough is quite low in sugar. The finished cake is sprinkled with icing sugar. What a delicious tradition!

Black Forest Meat & Sausages, West Vancouver

Black Forest MeatsOriginally from the Black Forest region in Germany, Juergen Burckhardt relies on traditional products with a top quality. In his sausage production in North Vancouver he uses fresh ingredients and many original spices from Germany. You will taste it! At the Vancouver Christmas Market the original German Bratwurst, the small Kiddie Bratwurst and the tasty Smokie will be served with freshly baked onions or Sauerkraut at your choice. For many Europeans in Vancouver this will feel like home!

Besides the delicious German Bratwurst, Juergen Burckhardt showcases this year some more sausage specialties in his booth. Even his sausages wear Christmas attire this year! The salamis and other sausages are produced in fun-shapes with colorful decorations. With their festive look they make a nice gift for all meat & sausage lovers! It will be a yummy gift which will not be forgotten in the closet… Enjoy – and have fun choosing your favorite Christmas design, color and shape!
Black Forest Meat & Sausages Christmas Flyer

Das Deutsche Nudel Haus, Vancouver

With his usual incredible attention to detail, Marcus Pannwitz has recreated this popular dish from his youth in Germany. Though Schupfnudeln (rolled noodle), can be found throughout Germany it is a popular dish in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria where they sometimes called Fingernudeln (finger noodles)

Schupfnudeln are traditionally made from a special type of wheat flour called Weizendunst or rye in combination with eggs and several spices that give them their delicious taste.
They are traditionally given their distinctive shape (similar to an elongated American football) through a process of hand shaping and rolling. They are then served in different ways: as savory dish with sauerkraut and bacon, or sweet with sugar and cinnamon.

Das Deutsche Nudelhaus will also serving Käsespätzle, another German Pasta dish that became very popular at last year's Market! Fresh German style Spätzle are roasted in the giant skillet with bacon & onions and finally topped with a cheese flambée!

Coffee & Nuts, Vancouver

Diana BriglioTwo families with Italian heritage cooperate to serve “tutte le specialità di caffè” at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Besides cappuccino, latte macchiato and espresso the “la mamma italiana” prepare biscotti and nuts as roasted almonds in a variety of flavors. You can even enjoy freshly roasted chestnuts which are a big tradition at German Christmas Markets.

Das Waffelhaus, Vancouver

Originating from Germany, Das Waffelhaus is bringing another Christmas market tradition to Vancouver. Das Waffelhaus team invites you to try its crisp, freshly baked traditional waffles topped with cherries, whipped cream, maple syrup or chocolate. For visitors with more adventurous tastes, they offer savoury pesto waffles served with sour cream, bacon bits, cheese and green onions. "You and your family will love the smell and taste of this delicious fare!

Enjoying the tasty waffles and hot beverages together with your kids while wandering through the festive Christmas Market will quickly become a new tradition for you in December. Das Waffelhaus is looking forward to meeting you soon.

i Love Chocolate, Vancouver

Imagine flowing milk and dark chocolate cascading down a fountain five tiers high then poured over fresh cut fruit of your choice placed in a glass topped with fresh whip cream or powdered sugar; your choice of 3 sizes or, take it one step further and order your chocolate and fruit in a sugar cone for a taste unlike you ever known. These unique combinations satisfy even the most finicky of chocolate lovers and it’s guaranteed to always be a hit with children and young teens soon to be craving for more. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Canadian Kettle Korn Extreme, Langley

Go on over to the Canadian Kettle Korn Extreme and try their world famous kettle korn! So you ask what is Kettle Korn? Kettle Korn is slightly sweet and slightly salty popcorn. It's made with a little sugar, a little salt and whole lot of pride. Kettle Korn is the biggest, roundest, Krispiest, lightest, tastiest kernels you shall ever have.

History has it that Kettle Korn was introduced to the United States in the 18th century by Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania, and sold in the movie theatres throughout Europe. Back then, as now, it is sold as a tasty treat at fairs and festivals. So go on over to the Canadian Kettle Korn Extreme Hut and try their Kettle Korn as well as their traditional family favourite Christmas treats.

Das Schnitzelhaus, Vancouver

A returning favourite to the Vancouver Christmas Market, our visitors can enjoy a true German classic: Schnitzel!
The breaded and fried cutlet has been a favorite dish in Germany for centuries and is now enjoyed all over the world. Served in a pita bread with salad toppings and delicious sauce, or with German style coleslaw, a definite must have at the market. You can also enjoy your Schnitzel on a plate with Potato salad which is a very traditional combination throughout Germany. Every German family has their own tradition how to prepare Potato salad – if you have any recipe ideas let us know on Facebook!

Das Schnitzelhaus uses only premium meat from local sources to guarantee the best quality. All Schnitzels are freshly fried and the gyros meat is cut off the rotisserie ready to serve. Enjoy this piece of Germany right in the heart of Vancouver.

Becker’s Bakery, German Cakes & Cookies, Vancouver

This year's Christmas Market will see the introduction of a great variety of authentic German desserts made locally, served by Becker's Bakery, originally from Germany and since 2011 in Vancouver. Besides sweet cream cakes, pastries and cookies, we are happy to offer spicy cakes and cinnamon cookies as well, traditional baked goods for Christmas.

Our selection will also include famous Black Forest cake and warm strudels, and we are sure that you will be eager to try our very famous speciality: German-style cheesecake with a selection of toppings. You are invited to enjoy these desserts with a (locally roasted) hot gourmet coffee by Mogiana Coffee, Richmond.

Das Apfelhaus, Berlin, Germany

The Apfelhaus has a long history at the Vancouver Christmas Market and was twice voted “Best Hut” by visitors to the market. Stop by and try a real German Christmas Market Specialty, the Bratapfel. The Apfelhaus offers Bratapfel varieties such as the classic "Go Nuts Apple", "Choco-Cherry Bomb" and "Bery- Berry Apple" with blueberries and cranberries, topped with a mouthwatering warm vanilla sauce. Come visit us at the Christmas Market often to check out our daily selections. Enjoy this year's refined recipes. Or how about an original German Apple Strudel with cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of clove? Delicious hot apple cider will also be served to make the Christmas Market a cozy experience!

Flammkuchen-Kueche, Cariboo

At our booth we offer a very traditional dish from the far South West corner of Germany, where France, Switzerland and Germany meet in one point, called the “Three Country Corner”. Besides the classic recipe with Speck (Black Forest style bacon) we offer a vegetarian version as well with Gruyeres cheese and caramelized onions. There will be more regional specialties offered on our booth, but the main focus is on the “Flammenkuchen”.

The Flammkuchen, in English-French known as tarte flambée is an Alsatian dish composed of thin bread dough rolled out in a circle or a rectangle, which is covered by crème fraîche, onions and bacon. It is one of the most famous gastronomical specialties of the region. We are happy to have a partnership with Tartine Tarts (
For more information please visit or








  • This year the market will have a marvelous tall Christmas Tree with fairy lights which creates a unique Christmas atmosphere surrounded by dozens traditional wooden booths, performance stages and festive decorations.

  • Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. A truly enchanting atmosphere.

  • Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of hosting world-class events. The Vancouver Christmas Market will change the way Vancouverites celebrate the Christmas season.

  • Christmas markets are a delightful way to begin holiday festivities. The crisp, cold air fills with the fragrance of sizzling sausages, sweet pastries, spices and hot spiced gluhwein. Booths sell sweet treats, such as chocolates, cakes, pastries, cookies and candies. Music of Christmas fills the air, in preparation for Christmas.