European Christmas Market

German Vendor at christmas market

Today it felt like being in Europe, without the plane ticket! Today at the Stanley Park Pavilion, we had entertainment provided by an accordion-player from the Netherlands, Romanian Treasure Group dancing, Polish Tunes singing, Blood & Iron; a medieval sword-fighting group demonstrating, and finally two dance groups from Bulgaria performing and then dancing in the middle of the big hall, inviting the visitors to join them!

The European Christmas Market, organized by the new Board of the Eurofest BC Society, took place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 between 11 am and 4 pm in Stanley Park. Last year, the same event took place in the most beautiful sparkling, albeit icy cold, sunshine. But today, the entire day was spent in the rain. But it didn’t deter any of the visitors, vendors or valuable volunteers from having a great time.

The next big event will be our 22nd Annual European Festival at the Vancouver Alpen Club on Sunday, May 31, 2020. We hope to see you all there. To prepare for this big event, we hold monthly meetings, where we help plan all aspects of the Festival. This takes a lot of board members and managers. If anyone wants to join the fundraising grant committee, please let us know at

We will be meeting at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1573 East 18th between Knight/Commercial in the basement. Anyone who would like to bring some snacks to share are welcome to. The church provides coffee & tea by donation. We will let you know the monthly planning schedule that will help us ensure a smoothly running festival. Our meetings start at 7 pm and go to 8:30 or 9 pm.

Here is a list of volunteer managers we will need for a successful festival.

a. Planning Team – we recommend each country have at least 2 members who take turns attending meetings
b. Admissions/Tickets
c. Cash Room
d. Advertising in the program guide
e. Beer Garden (Alpen Club)
f. Organizing: security, police, RCMP, first aid, insurance, storage etc.
g. Business plan and branding
h. Children’s Activities – must apply for a criminal records check
i. Cultural Tent
j. Design – posters, flyers, rack cards, program guide
k. Editor – checking out all written correspondence
l. Europe Day – May 9th event – we used to hold these in the past
m. Featured Country
n. Financial Developer – Grants, sponsorships, Silent Auction – We have a manager for the Silent Auction
o. Flag Parade
p. Marketplace/Trade Show
q. Marketing/Media/Social Media
r. Printing
s. Signage
t. Stage entertainment – We have a manager for this one already
u. Storage/Record Keeping
v. Talent Show
w. Volunteers and Volunteer appreciation activities
x. Website and selling promotions on the website
y. Youth activities
z. Communications – Mailchimp Newsletter etc. – We have someone doing regular newsletters and sending out regular e-mails

Please let us know if you are interested in taking on a manger’s position. Thank you for coming out to the European Christmas Market as a visitor, a vendor or a volunteer! Join us in January to help plan the 22nd Annual European Festival.

We also welcome sponsors, donors, advertisers & new members. Speak to a Board Member, or write us at Our new membership fees + 20 tickets per country are due on January 1, 2020, Membership fees are $50 per Society + $100 in tickets (20 tickets @ $5 each). It is important that everyone will fill out a membership form, if you haven’t recently done so.

Have a wonderful Christmas or holiday season and an amazing New Year!

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