Christmas time is finally here. The first stop on my holiday adventures thoughout Vancouver was the 6th annual Vancouver Christmas Market. If I am being honest, I didn’t have very high expectations, I thought it would be just a little window shopping, walking (well more like shivering in the cold) past booth after booth of items too expensive for my ‘ just finished university’ budget, but I was pleasantly surprised.
They managed to transform Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza into a picturesque little Christmas village. It had lights, candy canes, nutcrackers, a mistletoe and a sparkling christmas tree – which makes for a perfect holiday instagram post. All of my skepticism was put to rest; I wasn’t looking at overly priced goods while out in the cold. There was a lot to do. For kids, there was crafts to make, gingerbread men to decorate, and a scavenger hunt to win a free ride on the carousel.
As for me, I followed my nose and ended up in the food section. I mean how could anyone ever go wrong hanging around all the food? There were tons of German food options. The most popular seemed to be Haxenhaus, serving up pork shank that looked amazing. They had a minimum of 20 people in line the whole time I was there. As I write this, I’m regretting not having the patience to wait in line for it and am almost debating going back to try more food. I opted for a waffle with strawberries, it was warm, doughy and amazing, I definitely could enjoy another one. In that same area, there were long tables that looked like they were straight out of a german beer hall. It was a nice space to just hang out and chat with my friends and enjoy the food and drinks, while getting the heat from all the cooking happening around us. All in all I really enjoyed my experience, the Germans really know how to do Christmas markets.