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Christkindlmarket returns to Daley Plaza for 15th year

December 6, 2010 8:59:22 AM PST
Whether you're shopping for a unique gift, or stopping for a hot cup of apple cider, a visit to the Christkindlmarket has become a holiday tradition for many Chicago area residents.

The market runs daily through Christmas Eve.

Holiday Spectacular Christkindlmarket Chicago Celebrates 15 Years

Nestled in between Chicago's downtown sky scrapers, Daley Plaza is aglow with twinkling lights and filled with red and white striped huts during the holiday season. The Christkindlmarket Chicago (www.christkindlmarket.com) returns to the heart of the Windy City for the fifteenth year starting on November 24 and is open daily until December 24, 2010. Since 1996, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest has been hosting the largest traditional Christmas market outside of Germany in Chicago. More than 65 percent of the vendors travel all the way from Germany to participate in this cultural event. Visitors will have plenty of opportunity to not only practice their German but to learn more about German culture, without having to travel far. With free admission, it comes as no surprise that this event is frequented by thousands of individuals and families from the greater Chicago metropolitan area, the nation and around the world, every season.

Vendor tables shine with an abundance of one-of-a-kind treasures that are destined to become gifts for young and old, family and friends. Holiday ornaments of all shapes and sizes, Nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, jewelry, wood carvings and European chocolates are just a few of the items for sale from 50 vendors. While you admire the gifts and goodies, the smell of simmering sweets and savory treats wafts through the air. German delicacies, such as Bratwurst, potato pancakes, and Schnitzel are sizzling at all corners as the aroma of Stollen, Strudel, pretzels, and roasted nuts seize your senses. Visitors can quench their thirst with a refreshing imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Gluehwein (hot spiced wine) which is served in a red anniversary souvenir boot-mug.

The holiday spirit will be stirred and awakened by the sounds and activities occurring at the market. Special events are scheduled throughout the duration of the Market. They will include singing, music, dancing and special appearances by the authentic Christkind from Nuremberg,

Hours of the Christkindlmarket Chicago 2010

Sundays - Thursdays: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fridays - Saturdays: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Closing Hours:
Friday, December 24th, last day 11:00am - 4:00pm

Featured on ABC7 Chicago:

  • Kastenkrippe (handmade Austrian Nativity Scenes) $700.00 (Visit www.christkindlnativity.comfor history of these)
  • Handmade Cuckoo Clock $98.00
  • Hand Carved Bird Wistle $5.00
  • Hand Carved Wooden Angel $129.00
  • Mouse King Nutcracker $299.00
  • Santa with Sled Smoker $158.00
  • "Ornament of the year - 2010" $8.95
  • Carved Moose $16.00
  • Bierstein $29.50 (many styles available)
  • "Kissing" Hand Carved Cork Stopper $24.00

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