German Christmas markets are a centuries old tradition in Germany bringing together the community with fun, laughter, good food and drink. This European notion has now spread throughout North America. The Vancouver Christmas market combines an authentic Christmas German Market and is so much more than just a craft fair. The rows of little wooden huts that are decorated in pine branches, strung with little white lights provide a festive and romantic setting, a focal point in the city.

There will be a variety of performances on the market centre piece stage including traditional European choirs and dance performances. There will also be daily workshops such as chocolate making presentations, drumming workshops and bee keeping demonstrations! That’s pretty cool!

There will be a kids market where children can make their own Christmas gifts. Business people will find a fun meeting place for a quick bite or a drink after work.

There will be a mix of food and merchandise booths including some German specialties such as Bratwurst, suckling pig, and lets not forget the amazing hot spiced red wine (Gluehwein)! This market looks like it is going to be an enchanting time! We can’t wait to go!

Visit: http://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

When: November, 24- December 24, 2011
Time: 11:00am-9:00pm
Where: Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (on Georgia between Cambie and Hamilton)
No matter what the occasion, the Vancouver Aquarium is always the place to be for great family entertainment! This holiday season head on over to the new Luminescence Exhibit, and meet Scuba Claus. The holiday exhibit is perfect for the whole family.

You can immerse yourself in a Jelly Swarm, a unique light installation created by Tangible Intervention in collaboration with origami artist, Joseph Wu. Over a hundred jellies with LED lights will fill the entire ceiling of a gallery. Control the lighting yourself at the touch of a button and create beautiful patterns of light throughout the amazing swarm hanging above you.

Christmas Tree switched on by the Electric Eel: The traditional favourite is back at the Vancouver Aquarium! Witness the sparkle and lights of a special Christmas tree that the electric eel helps light through electricity generated when it feeds. A must see for anyone who hasn't witnessed this before!

Scuba Claus: Back for his annual dive into the Strait of Georgia exhibit, watch Scuba Claus swim amongst the halibut, herring, sturgeon or sea stars.


When: November 24 - January 2
Where: Vancouver Aquarium
Website: http://www.visitvanaqua.org/events/magic-of-the-north
The Festival of Trees is a fundraising event that has become a holiday “must-see” tradition in Vancouver for thousands of people, and raises money for BC Children’s Hospital. This year is the 25th anniversary!

For corporate and individual sponsors, it’s an opportunity to showcase community leadership, creative flair and innovative themes all put to action in the decorating of some pretty amazing Christmas Trees! This is just the kind of event that will leave you feeling merry and festive all around!

The Festival is open to the public, who are invited to browse through the holiday display at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and upper lobby of Pacific Centre to cast a ballot for their favorite tree. Award categories include People’s Choice, Most Child-like, Most Creative and more!

There is no admission cost, but we suggest a minimum $2 donation to BC Children's Hospital Foundation for every vote cast for your favorite trees.  Come out to support a great cause and enjoy the Christmas spirit!

When: November 23 - January 3 (2011 - 2012)
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (791 West Georgia Street) and Upper Lobby of Pacific Centre (700 West Georgia Street)


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