Thanks to a TeamBuy Vancouver deal, I decided to make a stop tonight at the Vancouver Christmas Market, promoted as a traditional German outdoor Christmas market. The market is located outside of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the corner of West Georgia Street and Hamilton.
There are ticket booths at the entrance. Entrance fees for adults is $2 from 11am – 2pm (Mondays-Fridays only), and $5 per person any other day and time. Adults who want to drink must get a wristband from another booth. All booths are like outdoor wooden huts, making it feel more to the German theme. All around the area was Christmas decorations of lighted Christmas trees, very decorative nutcracker statues, and inflatables.
Although not a very large market, I had the opportunity to purchase some tasty German food and spiced wine called Gluehwein ($6 a mug – Note: you have to pay $4 deposit for the Vancouver Christmas mug, but you get your $4 back if you want to return the mug otherwise you can keep it). This spiced wine was stronger than I expected but very delicious. I chose the apple spiced wine, which tastes like a strong liquor filled apple cider. They also have non-alcoholic drinks such as hot mulled spice apple cider or fruit punch. Another stall sold egg nog and hot chocolate/coffee. There’s also stalls with German beer, baked goods, baked apples, strudel, goulash, schnitzel, roasted pork (yes they actually roasted a whole big at the market), and what I tried, the bratwurst. Black Forest Meats offered a very tender and flavourful weisswurst (a pork & veal mixed bratswurst) and pretzel for $8. A bit overpriced for the food, but with the unique offerings, you can’t find these foods in just any location and have to specifically go to somewhere like the Vancouver Alpen Club or other specialty German restaurants to try.
There was live music when I went tonight around 6pm and a brass ensembled played traditional Christmas songs to a watching audience sipping their mulled wines and apple ciders. There was also an indoor Christmas ornament house selling traditional German Christmas ornaments and statues. My favourite was a Santa Clause statue. The handcrafted statue can only be purchased at the Vancouver Christmas Market in all of Canada, at $299 if you have the money for a novelty Christmas item to spend at the show.
Although a bit small, and the only irk is paying for the admission, I really felt a bit more in the Christmas spirit when I went to this market, and wish I was in Germany to see how festive it gets in a traditional German Christmas.
The Vancouver Christmas Market is on until December 24 from 11am – 9pm. The market is located at The Plaza outside Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the corner of West Georgia Street and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com.