Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

By: the Christkindlmarket Team



Welcome to the Christkindlmarket Chicago's Blog, written by your very own Christkind! Read through to learn about the Christkindlmarket behind the scenes and fun facts.






Christkindlmarket Milwaukee Opening this Winter

Jul 16, 2018

Christkindlmarket Milwaukee Opening This Winter at Brand New Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

The Christkindlmarket Milwaukee will transform the beautiful Deer District plaza into a traditional German winter wonderland this holiday season


Contact: Morgan Kingsland | | 312-494-2177


MILWAUKEE, WI (Tuesday, June 26, 2018) — German American Events, LLC is thrilled to bring the beloved tradition of the Christkindlmarket to the most German of major American cities: Milwaukee. Visitors will experience the delight of an authentic German festival in the heart of the city at the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center. Celebrate the season with festive shopping, delicious European and German delicacies, hot spiced wine (Glühwein), fine beers, hand-crafted ornaments, entertainment, family fun and much more.


The Christkindlmarket Milwaukee will transform the plaza into a picturesque holiday village featuring around 30 vendors in traditional candy cane striped wooden huts. Rooted in German tradition, the Christkindlmarket is a place for celebration and holiday cheer. Visitors will be delighted by live entertainment and activities throughout the event, and will make holiday memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center’s Deer District plaza from November 17th through December 31st.


Christkindlmarket Milwaukee hours are as follows:

Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday 11am – 9pm

Thanksgiving (Nov. 23), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) 11am – 4pm

Christmas Day (Dec. 25) Closed


Admission to the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee is always free.


For more information on the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee, visit Detailed information about vendors, events, and activities will be added as they are finalized.


About Christkindlmarket and German American Events, LLC


German American Events (GAE, LLC), a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, is a non-profit organization that creates and produces the Christkindlmarket Chicago, Naperville, and Milwaukee. All Christkindlmarket locations are modeled after the classic German holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany, with traditional candy-cane striped huts. These free annual outdoor holiday markets host vendors from Germany, Europe and around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. The markets are rich in cultural tradition and include special events, entertainment and activities that are fun for the whole family.


Recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine, USA Today, TripAdvisor, and 10Best as one of the best holiday markets in the world, the Christkindlmarket Chicago opened in 1996 and has grown to be one of the most beloved Chicago holiday traditions. The Christkindlmarket, now celebrating its 23rd year, features almost 60 vendors, and attracts over one million visitors each year from around the Chicagoland area, the nation, and the world. The Christkindlmarket Chicago will open this year on Nov. 16.


In 2014, the GAE, LLC team opened a second Christkindlmarket location in the suburbs, settling in Naperville in 2016, where it doubled in size and welcomed over 200,000 visitors. Featuring all the tradition, culture and fun of the original Chicago market, these locations paved the way for the Christkindlmarket’s first out-of-state location in Milwaukee.



About the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center


Opening on August 26, 2018, the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center (WESC) will be a preeminent sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee. Designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen Architects and HNTB, the venue will offer incomparable sightlines, customer service and amenities. The WESC will include 17,500 seats for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts, and will offer 34 luxury suites and three clubs. The new venue will host a diverse schedule of events, including major concerts, family shows, the Milwaukee Bucks, Marquette men’s basketball, and other sports and entertainment.


Founding Partners for the WESC include BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Company. A naming rights partner will also be named. 


The Construction Manager of the venue is Mortenson Construction and the Project Manager/Owner’s Representative is CAA ICON.


For more information on the WESC please visit






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