Chicago's Annual Christkindlmarket Market Starts Today! -
Chicago’s Annual Christkindlmarket Market Starts Today!

Christkindlmarket Chicago kicks off today at Daley Plaza, an annual tradition inspired by the old Nuremberg custom dating back to 1545. Christkindlmarket honors and celebrates the traditions of Germany and Europe’s yesteryear in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, while mixing in Chicago’s holiday traditions.

The market is filled with attractions. Brass bands play for the public, choirs perform their favorite holiday songs and dance groups entertain with stunning moves. All of Christkindlmarket’s favorite vendors will be there as well, serving baked goodies, hot drinks, holiday beverages, toys and ornaments.

The city is very pleased to announce that for the first year ever Chicago will have its own Christkind throughout the entire festival. This fairy-like being dressed in gold with a crown upon her golden hair has traditionally visited Chicago from Nuremberg for the first weekend of the market. This year, the Christkind will be present at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, and at the market from 2 – 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Christkind will also make an appearance on December 4 to lead the children in the Lantern Parade.

Find this Christmas wonderland at the Daley Plaza on Clark, Dearborn, and Washington from November 26 until Christmas Eve. Christkindlmarket has become an excellent source for Chicagoans to find authentic goods from Germany, Ukraine, and Austria. This year the market will be open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For further details concerning the Christkindlmarket, the Christkind, or to register for the Children’s Lantern Parade, go to