What guests are saying…

“Third time at the Vancouver Christmas Market already.Food and Glühwein are delicious and carousel is not only fun for the kids, but adults too! :)”
~ Liz

“Absolutely Fabulous! Everyone is so friendly it puts you in the Christmas spirit, it’s lovely and very kid friendly! Thank You!”
~ Karlie

“Loved the food. Feels like you are really in Europe! Fun with family”
~ Che

“We went to the Vancouver Christmas Market tonight. The absolute best grilled bratwurst we’ve had since leaving Austria or Germany. You all went to such a fine effort to put on this event, as authentic as possible. Thank you so much for your effort! We enjoyed ourselves immensely!”
~ Julianna

“Thank you for a fantastic festive night last night. Christmas tunes, great tree and yummy food.”

“It’s a great event for family and friends. Great food and vendors. Lots of activities for young and old! I can’t wait to go back this year and I will certainly be recommending it to friends and family.”
~ Ryan

“A “Must Go” every Christmas Season!
~ Janine

“I’m always looking for a cultural experience as we are German and have a new generation that we want to expose to our culture as much as possible. It seems so difficult these days to find German cultural events.”
~ Heidi

“Tonight was my first visit to the market and was an absolutely amazing evening. Thank you for having this (event) and being able to take time out of our busy lives to ‘run away to Germany’.”
~ Michelle

“While at the market, we bought a Christmas ornament to commemorate our baby’s first Christmas. It was such a pleasure to be able to pick from so many beautiful ornaments – and so special for my husband, who’s family is Pennsylvania Dutch, to find so many options for traditional German decorations!”
~ Erin

“Great place to get into the Christmas Spirit! Glühwein was awesome, as well as the beer from a real “Stein”! I’m German and I love the effort that has been put into this fabulous event!”
~ Jeanette

“Our family loves the whole Vancouver Christmas Market, but the new carousel was a particular hit with Danielle this year. Joy! A big part of the fun was picking her favourite horse (the rainbow one was chosen). The ride itself was a reminder of a special moment at the Frankfurt Christmas Market last year. Thanks for a fantastic family afternoon!”
~ Lori

“Love the atmosphere at the Christmas Market 🙂 Can’t wait to take my parents from Germany there too!”
~ Ina

“The Christmas Market was great again this year. We just love the atmosphere! The changes you have made from last year worked very well, it was easy to get around!”
~ Irene

“Instead of ordering my Christmas ornaments online from Kathe Wohlfahrt I was able to buy them again at the Christmas market. They have such nice quality wooden ornaments hand made in Germany–we are definitely making it a Christmas tradition!”
~ Nicole

“…been twice already and if time allows will try to sneak in another day. Did a little shopping, did a little drinking and a whole lot of eating. Music was also a very enjoyable.”
~ Marcella


What media are saying…

North Shore Mama
“Every year, this authentic German Christmas Market pops up right in the heart of Vancouver, making you feel like you are suddenly wandering around a little European village. It is one of my favourite ways of getting into the holiday spirit.”

Huffington Post – Top 5 Vancouver Christmas Events
“Imagine you’re in a quaint little village tucked away in the town of Göttingen, Germany. Now forget the pricey plane ticket to Europe, and head to the courtyard in front of the Queen E for the Vancouver Christmas Market.”

Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach
“You can’t help but fall into the Christmas spirit. The market is kid friendly, with a big old fashioned carousel for the young and young at heart alike. Adults can indulge in a more “grown-up” beverage while browsing all the stalls. “

HelloBC – Vancouver Christmas Market: From Germany With Love
“You have so much to choose from among the vendors when it comes to indulging in food and sweets or gifts. My inner locavore was immediately drawn to West Coast Wild Foods, a company that specializes in wild mushrooms and also offers various coffee blends and wild berry jam.”

Vancouver Observer – Make it a Vancouver Christmas with these local holiday gift ides
“The Vancouver Christmas Market isn’t just for drinking glühwein and riding the merry-go-round: you can also find tons of hand-crafted gifts. You’ll find not only Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, and handmade toys; but also handmade candy, chocolate, and other artisan food items.”

Daddy Blogger Ricky Shetty
“One of our favorite family traditions is going to the Vancouver Christmas Market!”

Gastro Fork
“I think there is no better way to experience European delights than through the vendors here at the Christmas Market.”

Raincity Parent
“This authentic German Christmas Market has the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends and family.”

Hello Vancity
“As soon as you walk in you’re met with traditional music and entertainment that sets the festive mood–from choirs to the carousel, the Christmas Market always has something great in store!”

“Where else in the city can you indulge in bratwurst and schnitzel while enjoying a warm glass of Feuerzangenbowle or Glühwein?”

Monte Cristo Magazine: Christmas in the Haus
“Fast becoming a staple on the holiday circuit…providing an assortment of handmade goods, unique gifts, and delicious food.”

The Chronicles of Wanderlust: 5 Things You Must Experience at the Vancouver Christmas Market
“Picture yourself on an evening stroll with a toque about your head, and a scarf around your neck. Despite the winter’s chill that surrounds you, your hands are kept warm from the contents of your mug. The scent of cinnamon and apples waft through the air, and your path is guided by the luminous glow of Christmas lights. Such warm and fuzzy feelings can only be experienced this time of the year at the Christmas Market!”

City Insighter
“The event was a fantastic way to spend the night. Either with friend or family…it’s one of those events you must attend.”

Eat Magazine – 9 things to eat and drink at the Vancouver Christmas Market
“For food-lovers, the market is a must for enjoying traditional German and Austrian foods”

Vancouver Lookout – 360 Views of Vancouver
“Christmas is coming, with the Vancouver Christmas Market being the perfect place to do your holiday shopping.”

The Food Gays
“The Vancouver Christmas Market is pure foodie heaven, offering up everything from traditional German candies, waffles on a stick served with your choice of fresh whipped cream, syrup, cherries or chocolate – to hurricane potatoes, fried and dipped in different flavors.”

Ch@nky Monkey
“The market is certainly a feast for the eyes, especially when you’re looking for ornaments, decorations, and unique gift ideas this holiday season.”

604 Pulse – Exploring Vancouver’s Backyard
“Something magical has taken place in the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Seemingly overnight, the plaza has been transformed from an urban space to a charming winter village complete with children’s carousel, beautiful music and tasty treats.”

The Girl in the Yellow Dress
“The sites, the sounds, the smells! Christmas has come to Vancouver in the shape of a real German Christmas Market.”

Archive Press

North Shore News
“Christmas Market is a hit. The German-themed market debuted last season and has fast become a staple… After a recent visit with my extended family, it’s easy to see why. My suggestion for visitors is to go hungry – and thirsty.”

Vancouver Observer
“Last minute shopping, or a sudden craving for juicy German sauages. Whatever it is you’ll be sure to find something at Vancouver’s Christmas Market.”

My story to you…
“Every Year, the city of Vancouver holds a Christmas Fair. It boasts some of the most incredible handmade crafts and traditional European dishes and toys, it’s always loads of fun because the people are friendly and it’s always great to see that the tradition of creating crafts by hand is still going strong in people’s hearts.”

The Inspired Biologist
“The market itself is a great weekend or after work visit with lots of traditional handmade Christmas crafts and ornaments and delicious food!”

The Vancouver Observer
“If you are searching for a festive activity to enjoy this holiday season, one of Vancouver’s “must do” events is the second annual Vancouver Christmas Market.”

Munchkie’s Munchies
“Nobody does Christmas like the Germans! Or at least from what I saw and ate at the German Christmas Market in Vancouver. “

Granville Online
“The annual Vancouver Christmas Market, a traditional German Christmas market, has the foodstuffs to get you feeling festive, including traditional fruit stollen, German sausages and Feuerzangenbowle—a boozy German drink that you light on fire.”

Active Rain
“Vancouver Christmas Market – German Uber-Fun! Want to reach down deep and access your inner German love for Christmas? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Vancouver Christmas Market is like stepping into the Concorde (only way faster), and arriving in small town Germany. Don your laderhosen, grab your beer stein, and check out this wonderful market.”

Inside Vancouver
“While North America preps for the holidays with retail blowouts, Europe primps for Christmas with street markets full of twinkly lights, handicrafts and tasty eats. But Vancouverites are lucky. We get to partake in both new world and old world festivities now that the German-style Vancouver Christmas Market is open daily in Queen Elizabeth Square.”

Alex The Mileage Millionaire
“Germany Christmas markets are century old traditions where the community gather together for food, drink, laughter and fun… The Vancouver Christmas Market recreates this experience with authentic décor, complete with vendors in wooden shacks – resembling a tiny village.”

A Little More Good
“I consider myself a bit of an expert on the topic of Christmas markets. Over the past twenty something years I’ve visited so many of them I couldn’t even recall them all if I wanted to… What is left now are the sweet memories of pretty lights, yummy comfort foods, and many unique finds I gave to loved ones over the years. The Vancouver Christmas Market has all that and more.”

Miss 604
“I enjoyed walking around with weisswurst on a bun, a mug of Glühwein (mulled wine), listening to traditional carols with my mother, and picking out ornaments with my niece and nephews. The kids had fun making candles and chocolates, and visiting with the gingerbread characters that were walking around. Give it a shot if you missed it last year and try to go earlier in the day to avoid crowds, especially in the marketplace/ornament tent.”