Every year as Christmas approaches, a little bit of Germany pops up in downtown Vancouver and helps spread holiday cheer. The Vancouver Christmas Market has returned to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza and after admiring from afar previous years I decided to make my first visit.
As soon as you walk in through the entrance you’re greeted by a stand selling hot apple cider and what I was really craving, mulled wine. I grabbed a mug of it and made my way around, visiting various vendors in their wooden huts that sold local and authentic German products.
You have so much to choose from among the vendors when it comes to indulging in food and sweets or gifts. My inner locavore was immediately drawn to West Coast Wild Foods, a company that specializes in wild mushrooms and also offers various coffee blends and wild berry jam. The Artisan Bake Shoppe was around to satisfy my sweet tooth. They offer amazing gluten-free and vegan breads and sweets. Their chocolate covered rum balls were a delicious accompaniment to my mulled wine.
Dinner called for a favourite while growing up in my Czech household: schnitzel! The Das Schnitzelhaus hut sells schnitzels with various sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, or in a pita.
Across from the schnitzel you’ll hear a festive band playing beside the only Christmas carousel you’ll find in town. When the cold begins to bite, head inside a store dedicate to handmade and unique ornaments from Käthe Wohlfahrt. From incredibly intricate designs to simpler ornaments, there’s something for everyone.
It’s difficult to squeeze everything in one visit, but don’t fret! Buying one ticket gives you a season’s pass for the remainder of the market so you can visit anytime. The Vancouver Christmas Market runs until December 24th.