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Vancouver Christmas Market called off due to COVID-19

Last Updated Oct 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm PDT

Summary

The annual Vancouver Christmas Market was cancelled despite organizers' best efforts to find some way to hold an event

A statement says the market is looking at offering virtual events, but details have not been finalized

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — There is no way to “safely execute” the Vancouver Christmas Market amid the pandemic, so it has been called off.

A statement posted to the market’s website says the decision was made after every effort was exhausted trying to find a way to put on some version of the annual event.

“Our team has spent every moment possible looking for ways we can safely execute the Vancouver Christmas Market event. Unfortunately, with the current safety guidelines and ever-changing directives for activations like ours, we could not get approval for the 2020 Vancouver Christmas Market,” the statement reads.

“Ultimately, we must prioritize the safety of our staff, vendors, and guests.”

A virtual event is not off the table, but details haven’t been settled yet.

“We would love to share the season together, virtually through our social media channels both by reminiscing in the past and enjoying the present,” the statement says.