German American Chamber of Commerce
We are looking forward to welcoming you back at the Christkindlmarkets in 2023!
What can you expect at the market? The German Christmas Market provides a safe outdoor experience in Chicago for the whole family that is always admission-free. The smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst and hot spiced wine, the sound of festive music, and the glimmer of sparkling Christmas ornaments, all in a cozy atmosphere – a visit to the market takes all your senses on a journey! Visitors can explore vendor products from around the world, participate in special events, and enjoy the unique shopping experience.
The Christkindlmarket unites cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the first outdoor markets of its kind, the Christkindlmarket is well-known for its vendors’ high quality gifts and food, holiday cheer, and for being the ideal place for families to make unique memories.
Since 1996, German American Events, LLC, a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, has hosted the Christkindlmarket Chicago as a free event, featuring international and local vendors with various offerings for all ages.
The German-style outdoor market has become so popular that it expanded to several locations in Illinois and Wisconsin in the past. In 2023 there are three locations : Aurora, Chicago, and Wrigleyville. The unique shopping experience, cheerful live entertainment and original food and beverages like the imported mulled wine from Germany, called Glühwein, make the Christkindlmarket a preferred and popular destination, mentioned by big media outlets like the Chicago Tribune, Choose Chicago, and Chicago Magazine. In 2021, it has been nominated as one of the Top 10 Holiday Markets by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice.
Each location page has its own “Plan Your Visit” section that includes information about vendors, parking, hotel deals, and live entertainment.
For more information please visit the website.