Creating new holiday traditions is one of my favorite aspects of being newly married. For as long as my husband and I have been together, we’ve made it a habit to visit Chicago during the holidays for the Christkindlmarket.
The Christkindlmarket is a German and European holiday market, named for the Christkind- an angelic being with golden hair and robes who delivers gifts to children on Christmas Eve. The market tradition originated in Nuremberg, Germany back in 1545, and this year marks the 21st anniversary of Chicago’s winter festival.
Since the market is held out in the open, it’s important to dress warm! This year I wore five layers (including a sweater, hooded sweatshirt, and winter jacket) along with thick wool socks and boots to avoid frostbite. And don’t forget a scarf to fight off the notorious Chicago wind. As you can see above, even the pigeons were doing their best to avoid the chill.
There’s plenty to see and experience at the market. Free standing shops have everything from traditional candies and kebabs, to hand-painted ornaments and woven hats. Take some time to enjoy a hot cup of apple cider or a cheesecake filled pretzel 🙂
The market opens in mid November and runs through December 24th. So if you’re in the Chicago area, take a moment to check it out. You might even get lucky and catch a glimpse of the infamous Christmas goblin, Krampus!