Experience an Old World Christmas at the annual Denver Christkindl Market. It’s downtown’s favorite free holiday celebration, back for another month of festivities and holidays crafts.
The market brings German and European flare to the Mile High City. Every year it opens up the Friday before Thanksgiving and lasts thru Christmas Eve’s Eve. This 20th year, the Christkindl Market runs from Friday to Wednesday, on November 19th to December 23rd, 2021 in Downtown Denver at Civic Center Park, across from the capital building. It’s found on the corner Broadway and Colfax. The cost of admission is free!
The word Christkind means “Christ-child” in German. Like Santa, Christkind brings gifts to the children of the land, in regions of German, Austria, and Europe. She’s fairy-like with blonde hair and a white gold dress. Her roots can be traced back to the protestant reformer, Martin Luther (1483-1546).
You can hear her prologue during the Grand Opening Ceremony, and possibly catch a glimpse of her wandering around the market on weekends.
German Christmas Market in Downtown Denver
The Denver Christkindl Market features live music, dancing, local and European craft vendors, as well as authentic fare. It’s organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce and the German Cultural Foundation. In addition to Christkind, you’ll have a chance to see St. Nikolaus and Krampus.
The marketplace consists of cozy wooden huts, each decorated for the season. Both Colorado and international merchants will be in attendance. Sip on Bavarian-style beers and European coffee during your stroll around. There is a heated Festival Hall to warm up and watch the live entertainment. Hot snacks include Bavarian-style pretzels, freshly smoked salmon, and homemade Goulasch.
Additional entertainment exists just steps away from the market. Right next to the market is a seasonal outdoor skate rink that operates through February, weather permitting. It’s free to skate and only a few bucks for rentals.
- Artisan Marketplace
- Authentic German Cuisine
- Bier, Glühwein, Schnaps, Hot Chocolate
- European Confections
- Live Music
Christmas markets are a longstanding tradition in Germany and throughout Europe, dating back to the 14th century. Communities comes together to enjoy the season, with Christmas carols, hot spiced wine (affiliate link) called Gluehwein, handmade decorations and old-fashioned carousels. Traditionally, they open in late November and close on Christmas Eve.
Address: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Date: Friday – Wednesday | November 19 – December 23, 2021
- Sunday – Wednesday | 11am – 7pm
- Thursday – Saturday | 11am – 9pm
- Thanksgiving Day | 11 am – 4 pm
- December 17 – 23 | 11 am – 9 pm