Rain and cold weather didn’t stop the nearly 50 people who waited for the Vancouver Christmas Market to open yesterday.
The market has something for everyone – hand made ornaments, chocolate popcorn, Santa photos, vegan grilled cheese, gluten free candy, gingerbread, coffee with liquor, and of course glühwein, which market president Malte Kluetz described as warm mulled wine with spices, cloves, cinnamon and orange.
Kluetz said the atmosphere is what makes the market so exciting. He said it’s the music, lights, smells, sounds and the company of your
friends that complete that atmosphere.
“You can go shopping for Christmas gifts or just for yourself with a glass of glühwein in your hand or a beer and a pretzel. It’s just a different kind of shopping experience than you normally have,” Kluetz said.
Sweet and savoury treats for everyone
Kathy Heisler said she loves the market but there was never anything she could eat. Heisler said she decided to create a vegan booth, called the Berlin Vegan Eatery.
She said the opening weekend was very busy. “There are lots of people who are interested, either they’re vegetarian or vegan or just want to
eat healthy,” she said.
Heisler said coconut dhal is a very popular dish, “It’s a nice warm soup on a cold rainy day.”
Kluetz said they changed the layout of the market from last year, and they were able to add more booths.
He mentioned the vegan booth as being a good fit for Vancouvorites, but also listed Turkish pizza and crepes from Ukraine as two other new booths to check out this year.
Take a picture with Santa
Jordan MacDonald, who said he is “a representative of Santa” wore a Santa suit, and posed in a photo booth. The public can come into the booth and wear funny hats and use props to take four photo booth style photos with ‘Santa.’
Kluetz said the market is very similar to those in Germany.
“We try to recreate this kind of medieval market place you expect from European cities, that’s why it’s all wooden huts and all the décor makes it kind of unique,” he said.
The most popular booth is probably the glühwein hut, Kluetz said. “It’s such a big tradition at every Christmas market around the world. It’s very tasty and perfect for this type of weather.”
Market entrance fee for adults is $7, youth is $3, seniors are $6 and kids are free. Kluetz said tickets are good for the season.