Christkindlmarket Chicago: November 21 - December 24, 201419th Annual Christkindlmarket Chicago
November 21 - December 24, 2014
This year, you can make your Christmas shopping a memorably merry experience. Christkindlmarket started as a seasonal bazaar in Nuremberg, Germany back in 1545. People could come purchase unusual knick-knacks and hand-carved items to inspire the holidays. Five centuries later, the European marketplace has become a locally loved tradition in the heart of downtown Chicago.
The open-air Christmas festival first came to Chicago's Pioneer Court in 1996 and is about to set up shop for its 19th consecutive year. The largest market of its kind, vendors travel from around the world to sell their creative specialties.
Stroll along the downtown Loop between November 21 through Christmas Eve to find unique treasures and thoughtful gift ideas. Christkindlmarket is just one more reason that Chicago is unrivaled for its merry-making spirit. With this unique shopping experience, you'll also have the chance to sample savory German fare, from pretzels and potato pancakes to signature schnitzels and sweet treats.
Blending cultural tradition and contemporary trends, the free open-air festival has something for everyone. With rows upon rows of vendor booths, you can bring home a bit of Bavarian flair this holiday season. Shop at Bethlehem Nativity Products, and decorate the fireplace with hand-carved wooden nativity scenes. Delight the little ones with old-world playthings from Discovery Toys and Toy Wonderland. Purchase authentic German goods ranging from beer steins to classic cuckoo clocks, whimsical ornaments, and nutcrackers carved with artistic precision.
Be sure to stop at Official Christkindlmarket Souvenirs so you can find a special keepsake to spread the cheer back home. Make reservations at our hotel soon to enjoy the full Christmas experience in Chicago.