Holiday Spectacular Christkindlmarket Chicago Celebrates 17 Years
Once a year, Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago transforms into a European holiday village filled with candy cane striped wooden huts and twinkling lights that harkens back to the traditional holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany. The magical atmosphere of the Christkindlmarket Chicago returns to Daley Plaza for its seventeenth year and is open daily from November 21 until December 24, 2012.
Since 1996, German American Services, Inc., a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc., has been hosting one of the largest traditional Christmas market outside of Europe. More than 65% of the vendors travel all the way from Germany to participate in this cultural event. Visitors will have plenty of opportunity to not only practice their German language skills but also to learn more about German culture without having to travel far. With free admission, it comes as no surprise that this event attracts thousands of individuals and families from the greater Chicago metropolitan area, the nation, and around the world.
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is host to over 50 vendors boasting one-of-a-kind offerings that are destined to become treasured gifts for loved ones of all ages. The vendors’ traditional wooden huts are filled with holiday ornaments of all colors, materials and sizes, 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 shop for unique gifts. The Grand Timber House and Festival Tent provide visitors a place to warm up, relax, sit down, and enjoy a place to eat and drink.
The air at the Christkindlmarket is filled with aromas of holiday spices, sweets and treats. German delicacies such as sausages, potato pancakes, and schnitzel sizzle at every corner of the market and the aroma of the traditional holiday goods like stollen, strudel, pretzels, and roasted nuts seize the senses. Visitors can enjoy an abundance of delicious fare and quench their thirst with a refreshing imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), which is served in a unique collectable souvenir boot-mug.
Throughout the 34-day event, the Christkindlmarket hosts live entertainment and performances. School groups, professional singers, and dance groups perform to the delight of the visitors. On weekends, the roaming Alpine Brass band, an ensemble of musicians playing festive German traditional and popular music, is sure to stir and awaken the holiday spirit in all. Special events include appearances by the authentic Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany, during the first weekend of the market, and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. The newest and most popular of the events is the daily Advent Calendar starting December 1st. One lucky visitor gets to open a door on the larger-than-life 6 ft. tall Advent Calendar. Each day a gift from one of the market’s vendors is featured and the lucky visitor gets to keep the gift as a prize.
Experience this unique holiday tradition in the heart of downtown Chicago. The market will be open daily from 11am until 8pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursday November 22, and Monday December 24, the market will close at 4pm. Admission is always FREE! For further information, please visit the official Christkindlmarket website at www.christkindlmarket.com or call us at (312) 494-2175.