European Christmas Events 2012

Christmas is fast approaching and there will be two German Christmas events taking place on the last weekend of November, as well as a French Christmas market in December.

Annual Christmas Bazaar: 24 Nov 2012 – 12PM

Why not spend the afternoon in a warm seniors centre, find books, crafts, food and more, before heading out to the Vancouver Christmas Market in the evening?

Christmas is about giving and sharing, so let’s give a part of ourselves to the German-Canadian Benevolent Society and join in on the merriment!

3rd annual Vancouver Christmas Market: 24 November – 24 December

The Vancouver Christmas Market will be back at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for the 3rd time, running from 24 November – 24 December. This year, tickets will now come with a pass for the whole season! That’s quite a steal! Maybe the Christmas Market will be free next year, just as they are in Europe! 😉

Admission Rates (incl. HST)
Adult (13 + years) $5 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $2 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $2
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets


  • 25 November (2-6:30PM): Bulgarian Day
  • 27 November (4-6PM): Vancouver Westside German School’s Flashmob Dance
  • 29 November (7PM): Swiss Choir
  • 1 December (2-6:30PM): Ukrainian Day
  • 2 December: (4:30-7PM): Polish Zgoda Polonez Dance Troupe
  • 5 December (7-9PM): A French Christmas with Rejean Bussieres
  • 8 December (12-6:30PM): German Day
  • 9 December (12-6:30PM): Swiss Day
  • 11 December (7-9PM): Estonian Day
  • 14 December:Alliance Francaise de Vancouver Day
    • 4:30-6PM: Clarion Highland Dance Studio
  • 15 December (12-4PM): Dutch Day
  • 16 December (12-2PM): Portuguese Folklore & Dance
  • 19 December (7-9PM): A French Christmas with Rejean Bussieres

Update: 15 November – There’s currently a  SocialShopper daily deal that offers $8 for 2 ticket ($4 each), plus you get 2 complimentary carousel rides (they’re usually about $3+ each)! HURRY! The deal ends in 8 hours! Sign up and buy the coupon!

Update: 16 November – There’s another coupon deal, this time from WagJag, that offers A) $8 for 2 midweek tickets and 2 carousel rides (a $16 value) OR B) $17 for 2 midweek tickets, 2 carousel rides, 1 souvenir mugs and 2 spiced apple ciders (a $34 value). Sign up and buy the coupon!

Update: 19 November – The WagJag deal is still on for 3 days but now there’s yet another coupon deal from Groupon. There are 3 options: 1) $8 for admission for 2 and 2 carousel rides (up to a $16 value); 2) $17 for admission for 2, 2 carousel rides, 2 hot spiced apple ciders, and 2 souvenir mugs (up to a $34 value);$34 for admission for 4, 4 carousel rides, 4 hot spiced apple ciders, and 4 souvenir mugs (up to a $68 value).  Sign up and buy the coupon!

Check out the employment opportunities too, especially if you speak German because now you’ll get a chance to practise (or to help others practise)!

You can follow updates about the VCM via:

Christmas Bazaar: 1 Dec 2012 – 10AM

If you missed the Christmas bazaar on 24 November at the German-Canadian Care Home, it’s not too late for another one hosted at St Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (1573 East 18th Avenue). Starts at 10AM and goes on until 2PM.

MARCHÉ DE NOËL: 8 Dec 2012 – 10AM

This is a FREE event for all ages!

Taken from Alliance Francaise website:

Venez dénicher des cadeaux de Noël originaux et préparer vos fêtes à l’Alliance Française, en partenariat avec Le Centre Culturel Francophone. Entouré par des artistes, entre chocolats, bijoux, gaufres chaudes et bien d’autres stands, vous trouverez de quoi faire le bonheur de toute la famille ! De nombreuses activités seront proposés aux enfants jusqu’à la visite du Père Noël ! Programme à venir !

Discover original Christmas gifts and get ready for the winter holidays at the Alliance Française, in partnership with Le Centre Culturel Francophone. Surrounded by artists, among chocolates, jewellery, hot waffles and many other stands, you will find what you need to please the entire family! Many activities for children will be offered until the arrival of Santa! Program coming soon!

Festive Bach Cantatas for Christmas: 23 Dec 2012 – 3PM

Location: Chan Centre
Tickets: $32-63

This is part of the Bach Cantata Project. All selections will be sung in German.


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