Vancouver Christmas Market – Full of Christmas Cheer

christmas wreath
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!

Vancouver Christmas Market Collage

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.

Winter Beverage Collage

We started out with beverages where I sampled a pilsner and some spiced Gluhwein to keep warm.

german food collage

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.

German food collage

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!)

collage of Christmas images
There was so much more we wanted to try! Everything from traditional Brezels, waffles, Strudel, Stollen, to Schnitzel, and Bratwurst (and even more!).  I guess another trip is in order!

Music and carousels
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.


  1. says

    Big thanks Melissa for taking such beautiful photos of food, ornaments and of the market. We really appreciate your support and if you had eaten Sean’s half, I don’t think anybody would have blamed you….well maybe Sean. :) Glad you were able to make it out to opening day and it was a pleasure to meet you! Happy holidays Melissa and we look forward to seeing all your wonderful readers at the VCM this year.

    Also for readers that use Instagram, make sure you tag us with #VCM for your chance to win an amazing merchandise package of steins from Krombacher and Ayinger Breweries.

    • Melissa says

      Thanks Jed! Sean and I were discussing the best way to go about making our own. Will definitely have to give your recipe a try – it looks very simple… but turns out so delicious!

  2. says

    That looks so awesome! Especially the cheese. Pretty much every city in Northern England has German Christmas markets around this time.. and they look really similar to Vancouvers! There is usually a big beer tent as well with music and beer and sausages. Wish Calgary would put on on

  3. says

    What a beautiful market! I could get lost in there so I guess I’m lucky that I don’t live handy to it. A little envious that you are able to visit.

  4. says

    The mugs are really original.. they look exactly like the ones I’ve seen from Germany and Austria.

    And now I feel like having some raclette… with potatoes, pickled onions gherkins and some salsiz!

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