Prepare for the smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst, hot spiced wine, and festive music beneath the glitter of Christmas lights.
During the winter months those annual traditions like Christkindlmarkt are our shining lights in times of darkness. As Chicago’s notorious winter sweeps through the city the festive season counters it with jubilance and cheer. Which made the absence of sipping Glühwein in Daley Plaza last winter all the harder to swallow.
But worry not, Chicago’s German-inspired annual Christmas market is making a return this winter! After taking to the internet last year due to the global pandemic the 25th edition of the beloved Christmas market will return on Friday, November 19th.
This year both The Christkindlmarket Daley Plaza and The Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville will be welcoming guests into villages to peruse handmade gifts whilst enjoying German food and beverages beneath the snowflakes and glistening lights. Prepare for the smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst, hot spiced wine, and the magic of festive music all in the coziest of atmospheres.
Both markets will return on November 19th with The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza set to remain open through Christmas Eve on December 24 and The Wrigleyville edition in Gallagher Way running until New Year’s Eve.
“It’s been a tough year for all of us, especially for our vendors who own small businesses. We are so grateful that we can continue our beloved holiday event in person and celebrate our 25th Anniversary with all our friends,” said Christkindlmarket organizer, Maren Biester Priebe.
Since the inaugural Christkindlmarket in 1996, it has become a staple event and grown to be one of Chicago’s biggest tourist attractions during the festive season, usually drawing over 1 million visitors each year. International and local vendors flock to help provide an authentic and atmospheric experience at the German-style outdoor market. Delicacies such as mulled wine imported from Germany, cheerful live entertainment, and a unique shopping experience make the Christkindlmarket a much-anticipated festive highlight.
According to the Christkindlmarket website, COVID-19 health and safety regulations will be announced closer to the opening date but it is likely the event will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry.
For those who can’t make it down to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket events, there will be a virtual marketplace on the event’s website offering delivery nearer to the opening dates. You can learn more about Chicago’s 2021 Christkindlmarket event here or keep track of news via Christkindlmarket Facebook and Instagram pages.