From right before Thanksgiving until right before Christmas eve, the corner of 16th St. and Arapahoe is transformed into a wonderful German holiday market to shop, drink, dance, eat and get into the festive season. The Christkindl Holiday Market has been around for 18 years celebrating all things Christmas with a German twist. Craving some gluvine (hot spiced wine)? Or some stout beer? Or hand crafted ornaments, garments and toys? The market has you covered.
Want to hear some live music? Members of Denver Symphony Orchestra have been spotted up on stage. So have polka bands, accordionists, and some local celebrities such as the mayor, radio personalities and newscasters. Hungry? There are plenty of authentic German food vendors serving salmon, sausages, and so much more.
You get the idea….
For those of you who are wondering what is a Christkindl I can be of some help. In Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries of that region the Christkindl is the traditional bringer of gifts during Christmas. The literal translation is Christ Child but thought of more as a sprite like child usually depicted with blonde hair and angelic wings, dressed in white. The Christkindl usually visits on December 6th to bring presents to children in the same way Santa Claus visits on Christmas Eve. The market is regularly visited by the Christkindl, as well as St. Nicholas and Krampus.