The Christkindlmarket is excited to announce that our very own Christkind will return in 2017!
While the Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany has visited the Chicago market in previous years during the first weekend of the market, 2013 marked the first year there was an original Chicago Christkind. This year she will again be present on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. throughout the entire duration of the market from November 17th – December 24th for the 22nd Annual Christkindlmarket Chicago on Daley Plaza, and on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. at the Christkindlmarket Naperville at Naper Settlement.
Keeping with the tradition from previous years, the Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony at the Preview Party, reciting her prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Christkindlmarket Chicago. Additionally, during the market the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions and telling Christmas stories. She will also be part of the popular Kinder Club programming, which made its debut at last year’s market. Her appearances will be included in the events calendar as they are scheduled.
History of the Christkind
The Christkind, a fairy-like being dressed in gold and white robes with a crown upon her golden locks, is the namesake of the Christkindlmarket Chicago. Christkind folklore dates back to the 1500s and stems from traditional customs: parades during the holiday season were guided by one “grand” angel, the Christkind. Since then, and still today, she is the bearer of gifts to most children in German speaking countries, much like Santa Claus is in the United States. Traditionally, gifts are exchanged December 24th and delivered by the Christkind, who leaves gifts under the Christmas tree and disappears before the children can catch a glimpse of her.
Free Admission - Open Daily
Sun - Thu 11Am - 8Pm
Fri - Sat 11Am - 9Pm
On Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)
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