Opening Hours: |
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am. - 8:00 pm.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am. - 9:00 pm.
First Day, November 26, 2013 -- 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 -- 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013 -- 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Daley Plaza -- 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago
Admission is always FREE.
Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago
brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago's
largest open-air Christmas festival was first held on Pioneer Court in 1996. By special invitation of
Mayor Richard M. Daley, Christkindlmarket Chicago moved to Daley Plaza in 1997 and has become a staple event on
the plaza ever since. Together with the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE),
Christkindlmarket Chicago has grown to become one of the most popular winter attractions in the heart of Chicago.
Christkindlmarket Chicago has announced that it will be introducing its very own Christkind for the first
time in 2013.
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.
Be sure to visit Santa's House on Daley Plaza.
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