Christmas has come early in Vancouver this year with the unveiling of a bigger, better holiday market.
The Christmas Market has swapped locations to fit more people, more food, and more signature yuletide decor for its 7th annual celebration.
President & Founder Malte Kluetz says the move was inevitable as the event became more popular each year.
“We have been at our old venue for six years and we have outgrown the space and we are now very happy to have more space, about fifty thousand square feet.”
Not only that, but Kluetz anticipates 200,000 visitors at this year’s market held at Jack Poole Plaza (previously at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza). The new location is also home to Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron and offers an additional 20,000 square ft. of space compared to the last venue.
What’s new at the market this year?
- For starters, Canada’s first Christmas Pyramid will tower over holiday visitors at 23 ft. tall. The idea came from a German tradition dating back up to 200 years, says Kluetz.
“The miners who could not afford a Christmas tree developed something of their own and they built these little pyramids that wear small ornaments that actually move and turn.”
The pyramid will be decorated with angels from European culture that will move and play various music. It will also house beverage stations for traditional German brews, and non-alcoholic cider.
- 21 new vendors have been added to the list of merchandise and food vendors, housed in a total of 70 traditional wooden huts throughout the festival.
- If it’s a bit chilly outside, the Alpine Haus can accommodate up to 250 people in a heated tent that offers warm beverages and a view of the North Shore.
- A daily demonstrations of how to make Feuerzangenbowle (literally, ‘Fire Tongs Punch’), a mulled wine and rum beverage.
Ticket information can be found in the release below or here. The Vancouver Christmas Market will be running from November 26th-December 30th.