Vancouver Christmas Market

What: The city's annual Yuletide outdoor market is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Echoing the festive allure of traditional German Christmas markets, Vancouver's version––steps from the waterfront at downtown's Jack Poole Plaza––has become a seasonal must-do for many locals and visitors. They drop by for the 80+ artisan traders tucked into little wooden huts plus the toe-tapping live music and a chance to meet the Jolly Old Elf himself. The European flourishes are a huge highlight, especially the imported German ornaments, throat-warming mugs of Gluehwein and aromatic stands serving gulasch, schnitzel, turkey legs, Danish pancake balls and more. Arrive on a crisp winter's evening for the full glowing effect, including the illuminated carousel, towering walk-in Christmas tree, stroll-though 40-foot tunnel studded with 20,000 twinkling lights and this year's new landmark: a giant 10th anniversary Christmas mug in the centre of all the market action.

When: November 20 to December 24 (11:30am-9:30pm; closes at 6pm on December 24), 2019

Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver

Cost: Adults $15; seniors $13; youth $9; children 6 and under free (book via their website for discounts on these prices)

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