In the cities Germany, Austria and the German-speaking part of Switzerland, vendors set up stalls in the plaza around the cathedral to sell charming gift items and all manner of holiday goodies. Denver’s 2017 Christkindl Market takes place downtown in Skyline Park (on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe St,), from Friday, November 17 through Saturday, December 23.
The park is transformed into a magical “old world” European village with wooden vendor huts, lights, festive music and an authentic German Bier Hall.
Sip on authentic Glühwein (mulled spiced wine) or Bavarian style Bier, as you wander through the market and enjoy the opportunity to purchase finely crafted artisan gifts and holiday treats sold by local Coloradan, European, and international merchants in charming wooden huts. Patrons can cozy up inside the heated Festival Hall and be entertained by live music with their family and friends.
The Market features a variety of gifts, such as glass-blown ornaments, hand-carved wooden figurines, children’s toys, lanterns, Alpaca scarves, and culinary delights ranging from European pastries and chocolate to savory chestnut soup.
Throughout the 37-day event, the Denver Christkindl Market hosts FREE live entertainment and cultural performances in a German Festival Hall. Visitors are invited to come celebrate the holidays and commemorate the season with a traditional German beverage served in collectible mugs or Bier Steins!
The Denver Christkindl Market is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday & Saturday (and the week of Christmas, December 18 to 23) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with special hours on Thanksgiving Day of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A complete schedule of events and entertainment may be found on the Christkindl Market website.
Street parking is available — but can be tight at times. Please also be aware that street parking meters run until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.