Vancouver Christmas Market returns for 2018

Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza. Surrounding the Olympic Cauldron the Vancouver holiday tradition runs November 21 – December 24, 2018. This year, the yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, trinkets and much more alongside an expanded lineup of activities and live entertainment.

“Every season, families, couples, and friends make their annual pilgrimage to feast upon festive delights, warm themselves with mulled wine, shop for unique treasures, and share the Christmas cheer,” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “This year, we are thrilled to present even more engaging holiday experiences for visitors of all ages to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether gathering to indulge in traditional German delicacies, shopping together for that one-of-a-kind gift, or meeting with friends to take in a wide range of special events including Children’s Wish Weeks with an exclusive visit and on-site activity with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Deluxe Date Night, Kids Day, Club Christmas Thursdays, or Carousel Fridays, we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to celebrate this joyous time of year!” 

As always, the market vendors offer a great shopping experience, and the traditional German-style food and drink, especially Glühwein to keep you warm on a winter’s night. The bigger and bolder Christmas Market will offer visitors an abundance of new local vendors, as well as new attractions and events. Some of the highlights include the new Winterdeck located beside the Alpine Lounge, featuring a charming entrance arch, a giant lit up picture frame, and stunning views of the North Shore. Couples will want to stroll down Lovers’ Lane – an Instagram-worthy 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. A Love Lock Installation will be placed near the tunnel to which lovers can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock’, serving as a touching symbol of love and partnership over the holiday season. Families will enjoy a multitude of holiday activities including the market’s new Kinder Kraft Igloo, featuring a market-wide Christmas scavenger hunt for children, plus free arts and crafts.

 The Vancouver Christmas Market will also offer expanded holiday activities for 2018 visitors of all ages.

Photo: Lindsay Elliott

New events and highlights at the 9th annual Vancouver Christmas Market include:

Children’s Wish Weeks : November 23 to December 7
The Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Free Carousel Fridays : November 23 & 30 + December 7
Enjoy carousel rides on the Christmas Carousel offered by donation to Children’s Wish.

Shopping Day : November 25
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vancouver Christmas Market! This special day will feature one-day-only deals at gift vendors throughout the market.

Foodie Tuesdays : November 27 & December 4
A chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under.

Club Christmas : November 29, December 6,  13 & 20
Every Thursday, join us for some after-work drinks, and enjoy our new, later market hours as you bust-a-move with Vancouver’s coolest DJs at the Christmas Pyramid or belt out a tune at karaoke in the Alpine Lounge.

Kids Day : December 1
Join Holly & Jolly, the Market’s Gingerbread mascots, for a day of family fun! Youth (13 and under) will be able to enter the market and enjoy rides on the Christmas Carousel by providing a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation.

Deluxe Date Night : December 5
Romance is always in the air at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but we’re hanging a little extra mistletoe for this special night of love! Enjoy 2-for-1 Entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors.

Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson Visits the Market : December 7
In support of Children’s Wish Weeks, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will visit the Market to help make a child’s wish come true. Visitors who make a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him.

Tickets for Vancouver Christmas Market are on sale now:
Adult $12, Seniors $11, Youth Age 7-12 $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.

CBC Musical Nooners 2018 Line-Up

The CBC Musical Nooners make their return on Tuesday.  For the 9th year, the outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm, from July 10 – August 17

Opening day, July 10th is a celebration of Indigenous Culture and a performance by North West Coast First Nations rap duo Mob Bounce, taking the stage from Noon.  The Indigenous food truck, Mr Bannock, will also be on site to fill your lunch time appetites while you enjoy the music on stage. The rest of the opening week’s performers are in association with the Vancouver Folk Festival, teasing the great music performing at the iconic festival, as well the Surrey Fusion Festival brings performers to the nooners to highlight the world beats on stage there.

The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from HipHop, Pop, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, and more. Many CBC Music Searchlight competitors take the stage highlighting the best of local talent.

The line up for the rest of the season is;

July 10 – Mob Bounce (hip hop)
July 11 – Son de Madera (folk/world)
July 12 – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (folk)
July 13 – Little Miss Higgins (blues/country)
July 16 – Winsome Kind (indie/folk)
July 17 – Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (roots)
July 18 – Haley Blais (pop)
July 19 – Dawn Pemberton (soul/gospel)
July 20 – Rumba Calzada (Latin jazz)
July 23 – Adam Robert Thomas (jazz)
July 24 – Portraits of Us (acoustic)
July 25 – Fall Brigade (rock)
July 26 – The Long War (indie)
July 27 – Jen Hodge All Stars (jazz)
July 30 – Old Soul Rebel (soul)
July 31 – Sinclair & Bennett (blues)
August 1 – Will Stroet from CBC Kids (children’s)
August 2 – Lonesome Town Painters (bluegrass)
August 3 – Tanga (world fusion)
August 6 – BC Day, no concert
August 7 – Petunia & The Vipers (rockabilly)
August 8 – David Ward (funk)
August 9 – Roy Forbes (folk)
August 10 – Schwey (R&B)
August 13 – Desirée Dawson (soul)
August 14 – Caleb Hart (reggae)
August 15 – Sister Speak (world)
August 16 – Wooden Horseman (rock)
August 25 – Coco Jafro (funk)

For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.

5th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

VanChristmasMarketNow celebrating its 5th year, The Vancouver Christmas Market has become a holiday tradition for Vancouverites.  Once again the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza will be filled with traditional European wooden huts from November 22nd to December 24th, 2014. With a total of over 50 unique vendors, including 14 new huts and 17 different food choices, more than ever before, visitors of all ages will find the festive spirit at the Christmas Market.

Parents are encouraged to bring their kids along, so they can decorate their own gingerbread; take pictures with Vancouver Christmas Market mascots, Holly and Jolly; and try their hand at crafting their own Herrnhuter star. While sipping on your Glühwein be entertained by the cultural entertainment like the annual X-Mas Factor Singing Competition, carolers and of course Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

VanChristmasMarketThe 2014 Vancouver Christmas Market runs November 22nd to December 24th, open from 11am to 9pm daily (except Dec 24th until 6pm).
Adults (13+): $4 Special! Mon-Fri 11am-4pm / $7 – Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm & Weekends 11am-9pm
Seniors (60+): $1 off regular admission
Youth (7-12): $3
Child (0-6): FREE
Carousel Rides: Admission plus $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

*Admission Bonus: For the price of any paid admission, visitors receive a Season’s Pass to enjoy the Vancouver Christmas Market over and over during the 33-day event. Also, visit from 11 am to 2pm on weekdays and enjoy 2-for-1 lunch admission to help make your lunchtime spirits bright.

For tickets and information visit and follow @VanChristmas on Twitter & Instagram or Vancouver Christmas Market on Facebook to see the festive fun.

Vancouver Christmas Market crowns first X-Mas Factor Winner

The X-Mas FactorThe Vancouver Christmas Market added a new feature for its 3rd year, X-Mas Factor, a talent competition showcasing Vancouver’s undiscovered talent. Frankie Cena has been crowned the first X-Mas Factor winner during Saturday’s Finale,  with his rendition of “Grown Up Christmas List”. Runner-up prizes were awarded to Monica Song, who sang “This Christmas”, and Stephen Scaccia, singing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”.

Every Friday since the Vancouver Christmas Market opened November 24th, contestants have competed in the X-Mas Factor to reach the Finale. The Grand Prize, valued over $5000, included artist development, social media startup, graphic design, a photo shoot, styling by a Vancouver fashion designer, and a fully mixed and mastered recording of a song of the winner’s choice. The prizing from Studio Cloud 30 Entertainment and its affiliated sponsors (Jamie Kuse of Creativ Studios, Widejko Photography, Fashion Designer Carlie Wong, BigChip Media, and Invasion Media) is focused on advancing the finalist’s musical career. The two runners up receive a pared down artist development package courtesy of Studio Cloud 30.

There are just two days left to enjoy the 2012 Vancouver Christmas Market on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Vancouver Christmas Market asks. Do you have Xmas-Factor?

The Holidays and music go hand-in-hand, Christmas music and singing carols are part of the fun. This year the Vancouver Christmas Market invites you to take your vocal musings away from the office party and out to the Market Stage.

The X-Mas Factor is a new singing competition asking Vancouverites to showcase their vocal talent by interpreting a classic holiday songs. The contest will have you jingling all the way to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza for this delightful holiday season attraction. The X-Mas Factor is being brought to the Vancouver Christmas Market by Studio Cloud 30 Entertainment, a for-artists, by-artists music and talent development hub founded by R&B recording artist Warren Dean Flandez.

The first performers will take to the stage on the opening evening of the Vancouver Christmas Market on November 24th at 6pm to kick off the X-Mas Factor competition. From then on, every Friday during the Market contestants will showcase their interpretation of Christmas classics at 6pm and vie for the Grand Prize: a studio recording and talent development package valued at over $5000, courtesy of Studio Cloud 30 Entertainment and their affiliated sponsors.  While the competition is based on reinventing a holiday classic, the video submission can be of any song that showcases the singer’s talent and does not have to be Christmas-themed The deadline for submissions is November 23rd.

To sign up, visit 

Fairmont Hotels “Get Steeped” For November

For the second November in a row, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is celebrating the age old tradition of taking tea. The “Get Steeped with Fairmont” program runs in hotels and resorts around the world. With iconic properties like The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, London’s The Savoy, New York City’s The Plaza or the brand new Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai all brewing up special tea services. There is something for everyone, from tea-sommelier led tastings and unique tea infused cocktails each property across the chain is putting their own spin on tea.


In addition to the hotel tea services, guests can create their own tea tradition with Fairmont’s new limited-edition Eclipse blend, the first in a new series of select teas to be offered annually for “Get Steeped”.  The unique-to-Fairmont black tea blend, created in partnership with The Metropolitan Tea Company, is available at select properties and online at Fairmont shop alongside Fairmont’s wide selection of other signature tea blends.


With The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel all nearby, we Vancouverites have plenty of opportunities to “Get Steeped”.