Christkindl Markets | History

An age old tradition – The German Christkindl Market

Karl Wenzel Zajicek, Christmas Market at HofStrolling through festively decorated and illuminated streets, taking rides on old-fashioned carousels, buying handmade Christmas decoration, listening to German Christmas carols, and drinking hot spiced wine; Christmas markets are a beautiful tradition which takes place every Christmas season in Germany and throughout Europe.

The Tradition of German Christmas Markets:

Weihnachtsmarkt - Heinrich Matvejevich ManiserGerman Christmas markets date back to the 14th century. Originally, the fairs provided only food and practical supplies for the cold winter season, but soon the markets became a beloved holiday tradition and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. German Christmas markets usually open in the last week of November and close down right after Christmas Eve on December 24th. You can visit them from 10 or 11 a.m. until 9 or 10 p.m. at night.

What you will find at a German Christmas Market:

Christkindlmarket_workshopChristmas markets are the perfect place to find a unique Christmas gift or souvenir, such as handmade toys, Christmas ornaments and decorations, pottery, and crystal ware. And no visit to a German Christmas market is complete without sampling delicious treats including:

  • Gluehwein ¬ mulled wine, a hot spiced wine
  • Rostbratwuerste – typically charcoal-grilled sausages
  • Lebkuchen – gingerbread biscuits
  • Brataepfel – baked apples
  • Gebrannte Mandeln – roasted almonds
  • Maronen – roasted chestnuts
  • Marzipanbrot (Marzipan Bread) – a big piece of Marzipan, shaped like a loaf of bread
  • Stollen – traditional German Christmas bread with dried fruits, nuts, spices, and sugar icing

The Denver Christkindl Market is always striving to make our visitors’ experience an unforgettable one. Enjoy live music and dancing, German, European and local craft vendors, authentic food and drink, and a true spirit of an Old World Christmas. The festival organizers, the German American Chamber of Commerce and the German Cultural Foundation, hope you enjoy this little slice of Germany and come back year after year!