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A German Christmas Market in Chicago

The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is a real Chicago holiday tradition since 1996.  It is modeled after the fabulous Christmas markets of Germany.

It was evident that the Chisttkindl Market is a special holiday tradition for many Chicago families.  I saw many children were dressed up for photos with Santa, and the adults were having a good time eating traditional German food and drinking strong, warm spiced wine out of ceramic boots.

Chicago Christkindl (Christmas) Market

As I meandered around, the atmosphere was festive.  Various Christmas songs danced into my ears as I walked about.  Street musicians played upbeat renditions of holiday favorites.  Smells of sauerkraut and sugared, roasted nuts tickled my nose, wafting in and out of range as I walked amidst the aisles of food and gift vendors.

A variety of traditional German foods tempted me as a meandered amonst the stalls.  Baked apples filled with marzipan and nuts, strudel, bratwurst and potato pancakes served with apples and sour cream tempted my tastebuds.

Christkindl Market Food 1

Potato Pancakes Chicago Christkindl (Christmas) Market

Strudel at Chicago Christkindl (Christmas) Market

The market is a festive and delightful place to do some holiday shopping, with vendors selling traditional German crafts as well as unique and handmade items from all over the world.

Chicago Christkindl (Christmas) Market

Chicago Christkindl (Christmas) Market

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