Travel to Germany without leaving Chicago at Christkindlmarket Chicago.
For over 20 years this tiny European village pops up in the heart of the city with over 50 vendors in their traditional wooden huts selling one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, toys, beer steins, jewelry, and more along with sweet treats and delicious food. Christkindlmarket is as authentic as it can get with over 65 percent of the vendors flying in from Germany. The strudel, schnitzel, sausages, and imported beer will also help bring out the German culture. For the real cold days make sure to take advantage of the glühwein (hot, spiced wine) inside the Grand Timber House and Festival Tent.
The strudel and glühwein not German enough for you? How about the rotating array of musicians and performers that will grace the market like the Alpine Brass Band, Glen Sorgatz Phenix Trio, and the name sake and gift-bringer of the market Christkind. There will also be some non-German entertainment like the InVox, Barefoot Hawaiian Dancers, and the Children’s Lantern Parade.
Don’t forget to bring the kids to enjoy Kinder Korner where they can participate in some holiday arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and visits from Christkind. In addition, for those who might not be able to make it into the city they can still enjoy the magical tradition in Naper Settlement in Naperville. In Naper Settlement you can find the same German spiced wine, beer, food, and gifts along with a a special selection of vendors from the Christkindlmarket Chicago.
Christkindlmarket Chicago will run until Saturday, Dec. 24 at the Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. The market opens from Sunday–Thursday from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.–9 p.m. For a full schedule of events and more information visit christkindlmarket.com.
Christkindlmarket Naperville will be open until Saturday, Dec. 24 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, Ill. The market will be open Thursdays–Sundays. The hours are Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information on Christkindlmarket Naperville at christkindlmarket.com/naperville.