Getting Festive at the Vancouver Christmas Market

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Canada.



Christmas is one of my favourite holidays so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I stepped off the plane in Vancouver. I saw the whole city decked out in twinkling lights and beautifully decorated trees. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Marc and I decided to get into the Christmas spirit early this year and headed to the annual Vancouver Christmas Market.



Located in downtown Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza, this German themed market offers over 50 vendors specializing in handicrafts, toys, home decorations, jewellery, clothing and much more. If you want to get some holiday shopping done, this is the place to do it.





We meandered past the aisles of lit up stalls and pointed out all the cool knick knacks up for sale. Our window shopping came to a complete stop when we caught sight of the mesmerizing carousel.



My inner child couldn't resist. I just had to go for a ride!



Once our merry-go-round came to an end, the smell of mulled wine and apple cider caught my attention. I hopped off my horsey and followed my nose!




I don't think anything beats a hot apple cider on a chilly night. There's also German beer on tap if you're in the mood for something refreshing.

Looking for more than a drink? Don't worry, this market has got your stomach covered! An endless array of tasty food vendors are at your service. Feeling Christmassy? Indulge in gingerbread and other delicious baked goods. Want to satisfy a big hunger craving? Black Forest specializes in fat Bratwurst sausages and massive pork legs served with sauerkraut.




Want to try something new? Visit Chef Ismail's Turkish Gourmet for a slice of Turkish pizza. There's also beavertails, waffles, kettle corn and chocolate fondue if you've got a sweet tooth.





Patrons chit-chatted with friends and family while enjoying their tasty snacks. Down the road, a live band kept the crowd entertained with classic carols.



The food, shops and carousel were all great but what took the cake was the tree. Towering high above us, the tree looked magical as it glimmered in the moonlight.




The Vancouver Christmas Market is held until December 24th and open from 11am to 9pm daily. Tickets can be bought at the door or online at their website.

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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