The Vancouver Christmas Market is back, with a newly redesigned layout and 20 new vendors. The traditional German Christmas market is located in the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (on Georgia Street, between Cambie and Hamilton) and runs until December 24th.

Here are just a few of the things to do as you stroll the wooden huts adorned with thousands of Christmas lights:

> Buy holiday ornaments, baked goods and other gifts
> Taste sweet mulled wine (gluhwein)
> Eat German cuisine
> Listen to live music
> Get photos with Santa
> Take the kids to the activity area where they can decorate candles and other crafts
> Ride the Christmas carousel (a minimum of $1,000 in proceeds from tickets for carousel rides will be going to The Province's Empty Stocking Fund)

The Vancouver Christmas Market was created by a German immigrant named Malte Kluetz, who recreated the 700-year-old German tradition for his downtown market. The second annual market has already been named one of the 10 most spectacular holiday markets around the world by Frommer's.

Tickets are only $5 for adults ($2 Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm), $2 for youth, and kids 6 and under are free. Hours are 11am-9pm daily; 11am-6pm on December 24th.

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