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Christkindlmarket Milwaukee is a popular German-style Christmas market that runs from mid-November through Christmas Eve at the plaza next to Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Similar to the authentic winter holiday markets in Europe, Christkindlmarket Milwaukee has everything to provide a cozy holiday atmosphere. Dozens of vendors offer glimmering Christmas ornaments, along with traditional holiday treats. Be sure to sample some bratwurst, pretzels, roasted nuts, and finally warm up with a cup of hot spiced wine. The comforting sounds of music and holiday lights add to the overall bliss.
In addition to a premier holiday shopping experience, the market also caters to the youngest visitors. For kids, there will be Kinder Club offering various fun activities. Choirs and dance group performances are also on the schedule.
Hours, admission, and parking
The hours of operation differ by the day of the week: 11 am–8 pm on Sunday–Thursday, 11 am–9 pm on Friday–Saturday, and 11 am–4 pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Admission to the festival is free, but Fiserv Forum parking costs up to $15–20. Free street parking options are also available, though fill up quickly.
Other things to do during your visit
A visit to Christkindlmarket Milwaukee might be paired with some holiday events occurring at Fiserv Forum. Consider exploring the Deer District with its new restaurants, micro-brews, and bars.
The Christkindlmarket is a mix of German tradition with an international twist and local charm. The present Christmas market originated as Christkindlmarket Chicago, originally inspired by the 16th century Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. The traditions of high-quality gifts, festive food, and holiday cheer have been preserved over time. After a successful start in Chicago, Christkindlmarket expanded to Milwaukee in 2018.
In 2020, the event will temporarily transform into a virtual marketplace with an extended two-month season so that the Christmas market's fans can still do their holiday shopping online.