The Westcoast Reader at the Vancouver Christmas Market


A giant Nutcracker mannequin
Photo credit: Ana-Maria Gheorghiu

The Westcoast Reader was at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

The Market is a German-style event.
In Germany, Christmas markets are
a tradition of over 700 years.

Thousands of visitors come every year
to see the attraction.

At the Market, you can find delicious German foods,
handmade Christmas ornaments and wooden toys.

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Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!


Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

Today is the first night of Hanukkah,
the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights.
A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah,
a nine-branch candle holder.

If you want to learn more about this holiday
or teach about it in class, click here
to find an extensive teacher’s guide with stories,
images, lesson plans and activities.

How to play dreidel

Shalom Sesame: The Missing Menorah

Happy Hanukkah!

Rosh Hashanah begins

A sweet Rosh Hashanah for you all (Photo: Thanh Mai Bui Duy / CC BY NC-2.0, Flickr)

A sweet Rosh Hashanah for you all
(Photo: Thanh Mai Bui Duy / CC BY NC-2.0, Flickr)

We wish a happy Rosh Hashanah to our readers and their families!

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
It is a special occasion for prayer and reflection.
It is also a day of celebration.


  1. Learn more about Rosh Hashanah here.
  2. Read about how Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in Canada.
  3. Try this Rosh Hashanah recipe for Apple-Honey Kugel.