The Vancouver Christmas Market is a German-inspired Christmas market featuring food, drink, and activities related to Christmas!
This is an annual event that takes place from mid-November to Christmas Eve at Jack Poole Plaza on Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver. It is the only European-style Christmas Market in the lower mainland.
The market is mainly outdoors, but does have an indoor heated tented seating area. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is a great place to go to get into the Christmas spirit and socialize. You can stroll around listening to Christmas music and Entertainment and do some of the Activities, browse the wares in the vendor huts, buy christmas gifts, and enjoy some traditional Food and Drinks.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is also good for a date night. It has a Lover's Lane and Love Lock installation!
This video will show you the market from above to give you a perspective of the size of the market.
The 2022 Vancouver Christmas Market is on for the 12th year and will take place from November 12, 2022 to December 24, 2022.
New for 2022 is the Schwibbogen (traditional german decorative candle holder), AR experience, and the Sky Curtain which has 440 light strings and 22,000 lights that connect the Christmas Pyramid to the vendor huts!
There will be 90 huts this year which includes new vendors.
There are also special nights and hours:
The Vancouver Christmas Market has live entertainment events.
Live performances of Christmas songs will take place from the 'Flying Stage' which is on the 2nd storey of the Christmas Pyramid.
The live entertainment will take place from 4:30pm to 9:30pm on Weekdays, and from 12pm to 9:30pm on Weekends.
Check out the entertainment events schedule here: Vancouver Christmas Music Entertainment Schedule
There are a bunch of activities to do at the Vancouver Christmas Market.
The Holiday Carousel is back and is free to ride in 2022!
There is a Scavenger Hunt for children.
There is a Lovers' Lane which is an extended walkway with 20,000 twinkling lights with mistletoe at the end.
There is a Love Lock installation where you can attach a lock to show your love to your significant other. You can either purchase a lock or bring your own.
There will be a huge walk-in Christmas Tree that has 36,000 twinkling lights and ornaments.
There will be a WinterDeck is an outdoor area that features a large photoframe where you can get pictures of the north shore mountains. &bnsp;It has lots of seating to sit in and enjoy some of the food and drinks that you purchase.
The Alpen Haus is a large tent that is covered and heated. It has views of the north shore and seating where you can sit and enjoy some of the food and drinks that you purchase
There is the huge Christmas Pyramid which towers over the site. This is where the live Entertainment will take place.
There is also a Santa's Mailbox.
The Holiday Carousel at the Vancouver Christmas Market is a traditional carousel with horses!
For 2022, the carousel ride has been sponsored so it is free to ride. In 2022, there is a 'pay-it-forward' option that benefits a charity.
To ride the carousel children must be 2 years old and 36" tall.
A number of the vendors sell food at various prices.
Some of the food that you can expect to find at the Vancouver Christmas Market are:
A number of the vendors sell drinks at various prices.
Some of the drinks that you can expect to find at the Vancouver Christmas Market are:
A number of the vendors sell Christmas/winter items. These items are great for Christmas gifts!
Some of the items that you can expect to find at the Vancouver Christmas Market are:
Tickets are available online and on site. Tickets are good for admission only, i.e. Food, drinks, and purchases made inside are extra.
Be sure to buy your tickets as soon as possible because they are sold out especially on weekends and just before Christmas.
You need to book a 30 minute arrival time slot when you purchase your ticket. You need to arrive within this 30 minute time slot. However, you can stay inside as long as you wish.
They have announced a couple of discounts (promo codes):
There also sell collectible mug and beverage tokens online.
2022 Ticket Prices (before taxes and fees) are: Adults (18-64): $17.99, Seniors (65+): $14.99, Youth(7-17): $9.99, Children (0-6): Free.
They have Season Passes available also for $35.99 (2022 price).
The box office accepts cash, credit, and debit.
You can buy tickets online at: BUY Vancouver Christmas Market Tickets
One of the traditions of the Vancouver Christmas Market is that each year they sell a mug that you can buy when you buy your tickets. You can use this mug when you buy the mulled wine!
Check out the site map here: Vancouver Christmas Market Site Map
Vancouver Christmas Market Jobs for 2022 were posted on Indeed. The deadline for application was October 18, 2022.
These are the frequently asked questions about the Vancouver Christmas Market
The dates for the Vancouver Christmas Market are from November 12, 2022 to December 24, 2022.
The times that the Vancouver Christmas Market is open are:
The Vancouver Christmas Market is worth it depending on your expectations.
If you enjoy browsing/shopping for christmas-related items, enjoying Christmas foods, German beer, and Muld wine, and listening to Christmas music then you will probably enjoy it. Note that you will likely spend money inside in addition to your admission for food, drink, and/or Christmas items.
Yes, Vancouver does have a Christmas Market called the Vancouver Christmas Market. This page has all the information about it.
However, there are some Christmas related events such as the Vancouver Christmas market (discussed on this page), Bright Nights Christmas Lights, and the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights.
Yes, the Vancouver Christmas Market is primarily outdoors. All the huts and activities are outdoors. However there is a large heated tent with seating that you can go into to warm up and eat/drink.
You can buy tickets online at: Vancouver Christmas Market Tickets
Only service animals are permitted to enter the Vancouver Christmas market.
If it rains, the Vancouver Christmas Market is still open. You will need to 'suck it up buttercup'!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is probably more for adults than children.
However, there are activities for children such as the Holiday Carousel, scavenger hunt, and Santa's Mailbox. Note that the Carousel has age (2+) and height (36"+) restrictions.
If you are looking for another Christmas activity nearby, you should check out the Bright Nights Christmas Lights in Stanley Park. You can stroll through millions of Christmas Lights and Displays and visit Santa's Workshop!
Note that the miniature train will NOT be operating in 2022 for this event.