Denver Christkindl Market 2011

Christkindl Market pipers

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As you plan your holiday schedule, this is an event you must include on your list. It’s the 11th Annual Denver Christkindl Market at Skyline Park along the 16th Street Mall. Running November 25 through December 23, this event revives the old German traditions surrounding Christmas.

As early as the Middle Ages, German towns have held Christkindl markets in there town squares, and the tradition is still widely observed in German-speaking countries. The Denver Christkindl Market is a production of the German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter.

Shoppers at the Christkindl Market

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The market brings the sites, sounds and flavors of the holiday season to Denver with a German twist. Merchants sell everything from baked goods to lace. This is the type of shopping experience that is enjoyable and enlightening, and you’re bound to find something for just about everyone on your Christmas list.

The official opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 26, beginning at 5 p.m. Market hours are 11 a.m. to 7 pm. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday with special extended hours for the Parade of Lights on December 2 and 3.

There are three themed weeks during the market. Week one is German Week – this is when my husband and I plan to attend. With German language groups meeting in the evenings, as well as German music, dancing and food, this week is like an Oktoberfest with a holiday flair, and you know how much we love Oktoberfest here in HeidiTown!

Poses with nutcracker at Christkindl Market

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Next up is Children’s Week. It’s imperative that you bring the kids down to visit with St. Nickolas so they can celebrate his birthday on December 6, and tell him what is on their Christmas wishlist. A variety of children’s activities are planned specifically for December 5, 6 and 7.

Week three is The Greatest Generation Week with special music and entertainment specifically designed for seniors and veterans on December 12th through the 14th during the day.

The last week of the Denver Christkindl Market is dedicated to those last minute shoppers. From traditional German food to authentic European crafts such as handmade clothing, this market makes shopping fun.

While in the area, be sure to slap on some skates and take a spin on the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, just around the corner from the Christkindl Market.

Visit the Denver Christkindl Market online or on Facebook.

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