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HERE ARE THE NEW EXPERIENCES TO DISCOVER AT VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
One of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions is returning to Jack Poole Plaza starting this weekend, and it’s filled with returning favourites and new experiences to discover.
Vancouver Christmas Market, a huge German-style holiday event popular with locals and visitors alike, is happening from November 12 to December 24.
Now in its 12th year, the Vancouver Christmas Market features more than 90 huts of authentic German sweets, treats, and treasures. You can also get your fill of delicious food, festive activities and live entertainment during your visit.
Vancouver Christmas Market is offering a variety of new activities and happenings this year, starting with a stunning Sky Curtain of Lights. The Market will be lit by a blanket of 440 light strings and 22,000 lights spreading from its centre, creating the perfect winter night sky.
Visitors will want to try the new AR experience, three special Instagram filters that will allow them to experience traditional European stories like The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and The Christmas Spider in a brand new way.
Speaking of photo ops, make sure to stop by the four-foot-tall Schwibbogen near the Market entrance for a festive holiday picture. A Schwibbogen is a traditional decorative candle holder that’s used during the Christmas season and is most famously displayed at the Striezelmarkt Dresden.
And a visit to the Vancouver Christmas Market isn’t complete without all the eats and treats! There are 24 new vendors from far and wide with unique items and products to enjoy.
Some of the new vendor huts for 2022 include Luv the Grub with delicious chutneys and spreads, World Pilgrim Artisans with artwork created by Indigenous Mayan Artisans in Guatemala, and Verity Pearl with beautiful, real freshwater pearls.
With everything from traditional German Glühwein, to mini syrup-filled pancakes, gulasch, and so much more, the Vancouver Christmas Market is as much about the festive holiday spirit as it is about the fantastic food.
You’ll also want to sing along to the live entertainment happening on the Flying Stage on the second storey of the iconic Christmas Pyramid. And your trip to the market wouldn’t be complete without a ride on the carousel!
And to delight children of all ages, everyone is invited to ride the HolidayLife Carousel presented by Interac® absolutely free of charge. There is an option to make a donation using Interac® Debit contactless payments to Make-A-Wish® Canada — so make sure to keep the giving spirit alive. Interac will match 100% of donations up to $50,000 to drive further impact.
Vancouver Christmas Market 2022
When: November 12 to December 24, 2022
Time: 4 pm to 9:30 pm (Now until November 25), 11:30 am to 9:30 pm (November 26 to December 23), 11:30 am to 6 pm (December 24)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Adult tickets start at $17.99, senior tickets (ages 65+) start at $14.99, and youth tickets (ages 7 to 17) start at $9.99. Children ages 0-6 are free. Purchase online
Drone Show: December 2 to 3 at Canada Place
METRO VANCOUVER HOUSING SALES REMAIN NEAR HISTORIC LOWS IN OCTOBER 2022
Activity for housing sales across Metro Vancouver continued to remain near historic lows in October 2022, a far cry from last October when heated home sale activity was above historical averages.
The number of listings from around Metro Vancouver continues to “inch upward,” according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), meaning more selection for potential home buyers.
Prices have also slipped slightly across all property types compared to last month but are up year-over-year for Metro Vancouver overall.
For October 2022, the REBGV reported 1,903 housing sales across Metro Vancouver, down 45.5% since October 2021, when 3,494 property sales were recorded. It’s also a 12.8% decrease compared to the 1,687 homes sold in September 2022.
October 2022 sales were 33.3% below the 10-year October sales average.
In a statement, Andrew Lis, REBGV director of economics and data analytics, points out that economic factors like inflation and rising interest rates are still top of mind for many home buyers.
“With sales remaining near historic lows, the number of active listings continues to inch upward, causing home prices to recede from the record highs set in the spring of 2022.”
Over 4,000 detached, attached, and apartment properties were listed for sale in October 2022, a 0.4% decrease compared to October 2021 and a 4.6% decrease compared to September 2022.
Year-over-year, the number of homes listed is still up over October 2021.
“This environment provides buyers and sellers more time to conduct home inspections, strata minute reviews, and other due diligence. With the possibility of yet another rate hike by the Bank of Canada this December, it has become even more important to secure financing as early in the process as possible,” Lis added.
REBGV’s jurisdiction covers Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Pitt Meadows, Sunshine Coast, Whistler, and all of the Tri-Cities and North Shore. In addition, other areas such as Surrey, Langley, Delta, and White Rock are part of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
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We’re excited to be attending West Vancouver’s Christmas Dundarave Festival of Lights and the Christmas Bonfire at Horseshoe Bay on December 4th!