Our new field reporter Nina Beier is checking out the Vancouver Christmas Market. This year, it is the fourth time that this centuries old German Christmas Market tradition is celebrated here in Vancouver. The Vancouver Christmas Market attracts every year tourists and residents of all ages.
Nina talks to Malte Kluetz, the founder of the Vancouver Christmas Market. He is telling about the development and success of his project.
Armin Portele, Co-Founder of Ahead24, is showing his booth and all the hand-crafted Christmas decoration and chocolate that he is selling. Everything is freshly imported from Germany!
Carolin Rigby offers German toys at her booth. She is also running the German Language Meet-Up Group here in Vancouver. This group is free for anybody to join, and it gives the opportunity to connect other people from Germany, other German-speaking countries, or to practice ones German language skills.
Stefan Wasinski, retail staff at Kaethe Wohlfahrt, is showing us around and giving a great introduction to some of the more than 1000 different product of their very famous German hand-crafted Christmas decoration.
Lastly, Nina is getting a short introduction to the different types of “Feuerzangenbowle” (mulled wine) that are available at Sascha Fels’ booth’s. And if you are not sure how much you can drink in a responsible way: you can stick to alcohol free variants.
It’s this time of the year again! Tomorrow, the Vancouver Christmas Market is opening its doors, this time with even expanded offerings of delicious food items! This year, it is the fourth time that this centuries old German Christmas Market tradition is celebrated here in Vancouver.
Across Germany, every year there are thousands of Christmas markets which attract millions of tourists and residents. So, come with your friends and family to get a unique and very close experience of really authentic German Christmas Culture. While walking through the outdoor Christmas village, which is beautifully decorated with myriads of Christmas lights, you will have the chance to find very special handmade gifts offered in the innumerable illuminated wooden huts, and to enjoy a great entertainment program, seasonal music, and mouth-watering traditional food items, such as spicy gingerbread, and first of all hot delicious mulled wine in the cold outside!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is located on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and it’s easy to reach by public transport. It is open from November 22 to December 24, 2013.
To get more information about what you can find at the Vancouver Christmas Market and about the tradition of Christmas Markets in Germany visit their website:
Have you watched our latest episode, yet? This time, it is first telling interesting details about some German words of greeting and politeness, and second introducing the German Canadian Business Association in Vancouver.
We attended a presentation about “Greeting Fluency” at the Yaletown Roundhouse, hosted by MLA Sam Sullivan. At this event, Joachim Waibel introduces the important German greetings and terms of politeness “Hallo”, “Danke” and “Bitte”. He gives an introduction of their meaning and demonstrates the varieties of usage in everyday life by means of entertaining and memorable examples.
We joined a meeting of the German Canadian Business Association in Vancouver. Goal of the German Canadian Business Association is to create an environment where members can connect and socialize. Thereby, this community helps to actively promote and foster professional and social relationships and to contribute to the enhancement of our European heritage. We talked to several members of the Association, and they told us how they came to be members and what the community means to them.