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Christkindlmarket Chicago
Christkindlmarket Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mid November
Christkindlmarket Chicago- a German tradition with International Flair and Local Color.

Chicagos popular, four week long outdoor holiday festival with international flair and local color, inspired by the famous outdoor holiday markets of Germany, attracts well over 1 million visitors every year.

In over 60 charming traditional timber booths and special display areas, vendors from Germany, Europe and the Americas offer a broad variety of products and specialties - from German Christmas delicacies and chocolates such as the famous “Nürnberger Lebkuchen” (gingerbread cookies) and Christmas Stollen, from Original German Christmas ornaments to artistic glass, pewter and straw decorations to wooden toys and nutcrackers, from cuckoo clocks to beer steins, from delicate lace products and hand-knit sweaters to candles, silver jewelry and music.

Christkindlmarket Chicago features inspiring demonstrations of glassblowing and woodcarving and weekend live performances by German American bands. Offers a “special little something” for every one - families and children relish the pretzels and Christmas cookies, the merry-go-rounds and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade on the first Thursday following Thanksgiving.

Chicagoans, business travelers and tourists alike unwind to the many musical performances by choirs and bands throughout the festival. On the weekend the Glen Sorgatz Brass Band adds musical notes to the holiday market.

After a shopping extravaganza, the popular and heated “Grand Timber House” on Daley Plaza and the Festival Tent invite visitors to enjoy the famous German “Gemütlichkeit.” Tasty traditional European and American food, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, schnitzel, goulash or hot dogs await them, to be savored with the famous hot Glühwein, a spiced red wine (served in signature Christkindlmarket Chicago mugs) or a cold German beer.

At the “Welcome to Germany” corner in the Festival Tent Pavilion visitors can learn more about Germany and its beautiful cities and landscapes. They will find diverse information to plan their next vacation or business trip. Companies or organization can also rent the special events area in the Fest Tent for special holiday receptions, incentive events or informal business meetings.

Daley Plaza between Washington, Clark & Dearborn Street.
Located right in Downtown Chicagos shopping & business district, Christkindlmarket is easily accessible by car, plane & public transportation. See the website for more information.
Admission & Parking
Admission is FREE!

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