[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Christkindlmarket Chicago returns to downtown Chicago on Nov. 20 and invites all visitors to enjoy one of the most enchanting atmospheres in Chicago during the holiday season.
Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Christkindlmarket Chicago transforms Daley Plaza into a magical picturesque European Christmas village filled with candy cane striped wooden huts and twinkling lights that harkens back to the traditional holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany.
Since 1996, German American Services Inc., a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, has hosted one of the largest traditional Christmas markets outside of Europe. More than 65 percent of the vendors travel from Germany to Chicago each year to share their fine wares and holiday traditions. With free admission, the Christkindlmarket Chicago attracts over an estimated million visitors each year from around the Chicagoland area, nation and the world. The Christkindlmarket Chicago is host to nearly 60 vendors boasting one-of-a-kind offerings that are destined to become treasured gifts for loved ones of all ages. The traditional wooden huts are filled with a wonderland of fine gifts including hand-made holiday ornaments, nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins, wooden toys, jewelry, wood carvings, and European sweets and treats. The market also has various heated walk-in cabins that offer a cozy place to take time and shop for unique gifts. The Grand Timber House and Festival Tent provide visitors a place to warm up, sit down and enjoy delicious food and drinks such as specialty sausages, potato pancakes, schnitzel, Stollen and pretzels.
Guests can also quench their thirst with a refreshing imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), which is served in the popular collectable souvenir mug.
Throughout the 35-day event, the Christkindlmarket hosts live entertainment and performances including school groups, professional singers, dance groups and much more. On weekends, the roaming Alpine Brass band with its festive German holiday music is sure to stir and awaken the spirit of the season in all. Special events include appearances by the Christkind (the namesake and symbol of the market), the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, Theatre day and much more! One of the most popular events is the daily Advent Calendar. Starting Dec. 1, one lucky visitor each day gets to help us count down until Christmas Eve and win a gift from one of the market’s special vendors.
The popular “Kinder Club” boasts fun activities geared towards the youngest visitors. Children and the young-at-heart can go on a scavenger hunt to explore the market, interact with the vendors and learn more about German holiday traditions. Collect an ornamental paper crown and the Christkindlmarket Passport activity book, which includes coloring pages, riddles and much more.
The Christkindlmarket Chicago 2015 is the perfect destination to get into the spirit of the holiday season, whether through an evening out with family and friends or a get-together with co-workers. The market offers the chance to plan holiday gatherings with reserved tables and food and beverage packages ranging from individual family tables up to 100 guests. Whether enjoying a “Stammtisch,” which means small get-together with friends, or a full tent reception, the Christkindlmarket is the perfect place to celebrate the season.
For more information, please contact us and visit the official website at christkindlmarket.com.
At Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (on Washington, between Dearborn and Clark Street)
Dates & Times:
Nov. 20 – Dec. 23
- Sundays – Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Fridays & Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Eve, 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
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