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Christkindlmarket Chicago 2019

​Drink some Glühwein, shop for presents, and enjoy German food delights at one of the largest Christmas markets in the US

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Christkindlmarket is held every year at Daley Plaza in Chicago. This joyful holiday festival attracts about 1 million visitors every season. The history of Christkindlmarket dates back to 1996 when the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest first held this festival on Pioneer Court. The inspiration came from Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany that has been known since 1545.

Christkindlmarket Chicago in Chicago - Best Season 2020
Best time for Christkindlmarket Chicago in Chicago 2020

The highlight of the Market used to be the city's largest Christmas tree and a small nativity scene. But some time ago the official Chicago Christmas tree was moved to Millenium Park. The market still has a smaller one.

Best time to see Christkindlmarket Chicago in Chicago 2020

The fair hosts Christmas choirs, folk dance groups and live bands. There is also a Santa house and plenty of vendors selling toys, holiday ornaments and Christmas decor. Vendors sell goods and foods from Germany, Ukraine and Austria. Christkindlmarket is loved for its souvenir mugs and German food like sausages, sauerkraut and potato pancakes.

Best time for Christkindlmarket Chicago 2020

Christkindlmarket is famous for European traditions and international flair. The outdoor market in the Chicago Loop is a family tradition for many Chicagoans who could not imagine Christmas without it.