Chicago’s Christkindlmarket brings a beloved German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival is an enchanting and inviting holiday village nestled in the center of the city’s downtown. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, the outdoor market is well-known for its vendors’ high quality gifts and food, holiday cheer and for being the ideal place for families to gather while establishing their own annual traditions.
Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket Chicago. The tradition is no longer just a German tradition, it has become a Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make this event a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE.
The Christkindlmarket is excited to announce that their very own Christkind will return in 2018!
This year she will again be present on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 pm throughout the entire duration of the market from November 16th– December 24th at Christkindlmarket Chicago on Daley Plaza, and on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. at the Christkindlmarket Naperville at Naper Settlement.
On Thursday, November 15, from 5-8:30pm, the Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony at the Preview Party, reciting her prologue translated from the original German. During the market, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions and telling Christmas stories.
Chicago – Christkindlmarket in Chicago is open from Friday, November 16th until Monday, December 24th. Admission is FREE. Check the website for exact dates and times.
Naperville – Christkindlmarket at Naper Settlement is open from Friday, November 23 until Monday, December 24. Admission is FREE. Check the website for exact dates and times.
Christkindlmarket – Chicago
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Christkindlmarket – Naperville
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540
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