This past weekend I had the opportunity to checkout the first day of the 3rd Annual Vancouver Christmas Market. The market, which is modeled after an authentic German Christmas market, is open from November 24th till December 24th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in the downtown core. It’s festive, bright and full of delicious sites, smells and tastes!
Full of traditional wooden booths offering an array of German foods and crafts as well as live music and Christmas trees covered in twinkly lights, 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.
We started out with beverages where I sampled a pilsner and some spiced Gluhwein to keep warm.
Deciding what to eat was the day’s biggest challenge – everything looked so good! We decided on Das Deutsche Nudel Haus for our main meal. I had the spaetzle cooked with cheese and ham and topped with roasted onions and then topped with more cheese that was torched nicely in front of me! Sean went with the Schupfnudeln covered in sauerkraut and bacon. Both were deliciously warm and satisfying.
Next up we sampled some traditional Swiss Raclette from Farmhouse Cheeses. The cheese was served with baby fingerling potatoes, meat, pickles and pickled pearl onions. I had to stop myself from eating Sean’s half while he was chatting with somebody else!
Then we decided to finish up with some dessert – one of my childhood favourites: Brataepfel from Das Apfelhaus. These are stuffed and baked apples served with vanilla sauce poured over them. Full of brown sugar, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon these make winter worthwhile. (they had other fillings as well!)
The market runs daily until Christmas Eve from 11am – 9pm everyday except Christmas Eve when it closes at 6pm. Tickets are $5 for those over 13. Kids from 7-12 are $2 and children 6 and under are free. This is definitely a fun, friendly, festive family event to take in over the holidays!
**the image of the cut open baked apple is courtesy of Sean Neild.