Vancouver Christmas Market kicks off 10th edition with expanded light tunnel, tasty holiday treats, and new events

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      The 10th annual Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza (1055 Canada Place) today, and runs through December 24 with countless festive treats, activities, and entertainment for the entire brood. 

      The yuletide event is one of our city’s most popular holiday traditions, and will feature more than 80 huts offering everything from mulled wine to chimney cakes, handmade goods to seasonal décor, and much more. 

      New additions to this year’s market include an improved Winterdeck with lit-up seats, heaters, and photo opportunities of the North Shore. The Lovers’ Lane has also expanded to 40 feet, embedded with even more lights and mistletoe.

      In terms of new food vendors, guests can expect to find turkey legs (pro-tip: get the combo that adds melted cheese on top from Cheese Me Raclette), poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes), and pistachio cream spread, among others.

      New food items to try this year include mini Dutch pancakes from Two Sweet Guys.
      Tammy Kwan

      Returning fan-favourites is the Love Lock Installation, where market-goers can attach a Vancouver Christmas Market-themed love lock. For those who want to hunker down and enjoy their food and drink in a cozy space, head to the heated Alpine Lounge or the WunderBAR: an 840-square-foot VIP seating area with Christmas cocktails, charcuterie platters, and German desserts.

      Other attractions include the Christmas Carousel, Christmas Pyramid and its “flying stage”, the gingerbread duo, Kinder Kraft Igloo, and Canada’s first walk-in Christmas tree have also made a comeback. 

      “We have come a long way since the very first Vancouver Christmas Market in 2010 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Initially, no one believed Vancouverites would attend an outdoor market in the wintertime. However, we persevered and welcomed more than 100,000 guests that first year!” Malte Kluetz, founder and CEO of the Vancouver Christmas Market, said in a press statement.

      We don't doubt many guests will be taking photos with the gingerbread duo.
      Tammy Kwan

      The market will once again be partnering with Children’s Wish Foundation, B.C. and Yukon Chapter, and visitors can make a donation to the charity at the gate throughout the season, or on Kids Day (December 1). 

      Here are some of the special events taking this year:

      $10 Tuesdays

      November 26, December 3, December 10 , and December 17

      In celebration of the 10th anniversary season, every Tuesday between November 26 through December 17 will feature admission to the market for just $10. 

      Deluxe Date Nights

      November 27, December 4, and December 11, from 5 p.m.

      Share magical evenings with your friend or loved one at our Deluxe Date Nights! Guests are invited to enjoy 2-for-1 admission on the evenings of November 27, December 4, and December 11, starting at 5 p.m. This deal can be purchased at the gate and also includes 2-for-1 non-alcoholic hot drinks and carousel rides. 

      Kids Day

      December 1

      Join Holly & Jolly for a day of family fun! Youth (12 and under) can enjoy admission and carousel rides by donation to Children’s Wish Foundation all day long. All ages are encouraged to support Children’s Wish by making a donation to take a photo with Gingerbread Mascots Holly & Jolly, everyone’s favourite princesses from Enchanted Events Vancouver, and Santa Claus himself!

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