We look for VOLUNTEERS to make the event even greater. Please contact us, if you are interested!        
        CHRISTKINDL MARKET         Atlanta, GA.         December 2 - 24, 2016         Enjoy a traditional German Christmas festival.         We look for VOLUNTEERS to make the event even greater. Contact us, if you are interested!        
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Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET. Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the first Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET - the city's first and largest winter holiday festival at Atlantic Station.

Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Also find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

Atlanta Christkindl Market

EVENT DATE

December 2nd – 24th, 2016

HOURS OPEN DAILY

Mon – Fri: 11 am – 10 pm
Sat: 11 am – 10 pm
Sun: 1 pm – 8 pm

EVENT LOCATION

The Christkindl Market is taking place in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station is located in Midtown Atlanta – off 17th Street, just west of the I-75/85 Connector.

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ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET in Central Park at Atlantic Station, 245 18th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363

Northbound on I-75/85:
Take the 17th Street exit – Exit 251A, turn left, Atlantic Station is located just over the Connector.

Southbound on I-85:
Take the 10th/14th/17th Street exit – Exit 84. Take the 17th Street exit, turn right, Atlantic Station is located on the right.

Southbound on I-75:
Take the 16th/14th/10th Street exit – Exit 250. Follow 16th Street access road. Continue on 16th Street to State Street. Turn right on State Street, crossing over 17th Street.

By MARTA train:
Take any North/South (Red or Gold) line train to Arts Center Station. Atlantic Station is an approximate 10 minute walk from Arts Center OR take our Free Ride Shuttle in the Marta bus bay.

By MARTA bus:
Bus 37, Defoors Ferry Rd./Atlantic Station route.

The Atlantic Station Free Ride Shuttle operates daily from 5:00AM to 1:00AM to and from the Arts Center Marta station via 17th Street.

PARKING

Parking at Atlantic Station is a breeze. Just follow signs for parking. The entire district rests on a 3 level parking facility providing 7,200 parking spaces and 16 color-coded stairwells to get you where you want to go. Stairwells closest to the Christkindl Market in Central Park have the color-code red (no. 6) or purple (no. 7). Should you wish to make a quick stop, consider on-street parking with credit card-friendly meters located throughout the District. The height restriction for the parking deck is 6'8". If you arrive with a vehicle higher than that (e.g. mini buses or tour buses) please follow directions for "group travels".

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ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET in Central Park at Atlantic Station, 245 18th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
Atlantic Station map

GROUP TRAVELS & HOTELS

Are you planning on attending the Atlanta Christkindl Market with a group and travel by bus? Tour Bus Parking Assistance is offered to all buses visiting Atlantic Station. Bus drop off is at the corner of Tower and Market Street. From there Atlantic Station's officers will escort buses to one of our surface lots for parking. We ask that you contact eddy.romero@hines.com at least 48 hours in advance of your groups arrival or call the concierge desk at (404) 410-4010.

Do you plan to stay over night and require recommendations for a hotel? Atlantic Station is centrally located in Atlanta with many hotels in close proximity. Some hotels are even in walking distance. We are happy to help you find a hotel that may also offer shuttle buses to the event location. Please contact the concierge desk at (404) 410-4010 for assistance.

MORE INFO

The Christkindl Market is free admission.

Look for specific events, activities and performances in our event calendar. Please note that dates and times may change.

For all media inquiries please contact us via email at info@christkindlmarket.org or use our contact form. We will get back to you promptly.

We are looking for volunteers! If you are interested, please click here.

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Atlantic Station
245 18th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
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What is a CHRISTKINDL MARKET?

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt (literally meaning “Christ Child Market”) is a street market celebrating Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, in Northern Italy and the eastern French regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Savoy. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland. In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market. Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights visitors welcome the "Christkind" (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child, especially at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt (literally meaning “Christ Child Market”) is a street market celebrating Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, in Northern Italy and the eastern French regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Savoy. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland. In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market. Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights visitors welcome the "Christkind" (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child, especially at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.

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Who is the CHRISTKIND?

Christkindl is usually depicted as a little child with curly blond hair that has never been seen by the kids. The parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring gifts if they are curious and try to spot it. As a traditional ceremony the whole family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up and the gifts that the Christkind has just brought are waiting to be opened. The parents tell their kids that the Christkind has just left. In some traditions, the departure of the Christkind is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.

This year's Christkind is Teresa Treuheit from Nuremberg, Germany. You can be excited to see the original Christkind at our Atlanta Christkindl Market on December 2nd to 4th. The Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony, reciting her prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Additionally, during her visit the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions and telling Christmas stories.

Christkindl is usually depicted as a little child with curly blond hair that has never been seen by the kids. The parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring gifts if they are curious and try to spot it. As a traditional ceremony the whole family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up and the gifts that the Christkind has just brought are waiting to be opened. The parents tell their kids that the Christkind has just left. In some traditions, the departure of the Christkind is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.

This year's Christkind is Teresa Treuheit from Nuremberg, Germany. You can be excited to see the original Christkind at our Atlanta Christkindl Market on December 2nd to 4th. The Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony, reciting her prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Additionally, during her visit the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions and telling Christmas stories.

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EVENT CALENDAR

The 2016 schedule of events will be posted soon and updated frequently! Come back and check out new events and dates. The calendar will be filled with fun activities for the whole family such as the Grand Opening Ceremony with the original Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany.

Never been to traditional German Christkindl Market and curious what's going on? Our event calendar will give you a better idea of what to expect. Just click a calendar date below to see what will been going on!

MORE TO DO at Atlantic Station

Also consider other events around the Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. During the entire holiday season you find attractions for youngsters and the young at heart.

We invite everyone to consult our concierge desk located at Central Park for additional and updated information. Phone (404) 410-4010

Visit Santa in his house in Central Park and have photos taken with him.

Mon - Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm

Please consult the concierge for the few dates, when Santa won't be home.

Gather around the Christmas tree in Central Park for a magical snow show each evening.

Sun - Thu: 7 pm
Fri - Sat: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm

Skate on Atlanta's largest outdoor ice rink.

Mon - Thu: 4 pm - 10 pm
Fri - Sat: 3 pm - 11 pm
Sun: 3 pm to 9 pm
Holidays: 3 pm - 11 pm

Take the kids for a holiday ride on the Snowball Express.

Mon - Fri: 3 pm - 9 pm
Sat: 12 pm - 9 pm
Sun: 1 pm to 8 pm

VENDORS & PRODUCTS

The traditional market offers many things to eat, drink or buy as a gift or memory. Most food and beverages are imported specifically for our event from Germany. Here are just a few to name that you should be excited about.

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Mulled wine (in German "Glühwein")
When it’s cold outside, a hot spiced mulled wine will warm you again after your stroll around the market. It comes along in a beautiful mug, which is designed especially for our event. It’ll be the perfect souvenir for your kitchen cupboard at home! We will offer alcoholic mulled wine for adults, but also a non-alcoholic version for children.

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Imported beer: And in case for slightly warmer days we will also serve Grieskirchner Pils beer from Austria. This beer won the highest European beer award "the DLG Gold", which is awarded by the German Agricultural Society.

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Brats (in German "Bratwurst"): Mmmhh, that does not only smell tasty, but our German brats taste best with some German mustard in a freshly baked bread roll or try the "Currywurst", a brat with lots of curry ketchup on top.

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Bakery products: Local Marietta based Bernhard's Bakery freshly bakes traditional German breads, cakes, cookies and other seasonal bakery goods. All his products are organic or natural baked goods with of old authentic German recipes.

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Marzipan: For your sweet tooth we import Lubs marzipan, which is certainly the finest marzipan you can find in Germany. All products are organic and made using traditional recipes with only the best ingredients.

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Lebkuchen: Lebkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas treat, somewhat resembling gingerbread. Leupoldt from Germany has been baking these classics since 1905. Their exquisite "Lebkuchen" is made with carefully selected raw materials, fresh roasted almonds and nuts and a unique spice selection.

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Christstollen: A holiday must-have: rich and fruity stollen. Stollen is a buttery loaf made from yeasty dough, packed with chopped nuts, raisins, and candied orange peel, frosted with powdered sugar. It is one of the Christmas specialties that are traditionally prepared all over Germany. It also goes by the name of  "Christstollen". Our Christstollen from Lebkuchen Schmidt are your chance to share some of the tradition-rich longed-for delicacies from The Old World.

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Pralines & truffles: Pralines and truffles made of selected chocolate - this is Berning's world. The chocolate factory Gustav Berning from Georgsmarienhütte near Osnabrück, Germany produces the finest confectionery products in the craftsman tradition with almost a century of confectionary tradition.

goufrais

Chocolate confect: Goufrais is a cocoa confectionery in the form of a tiny "Gugelhupf" cake, which first is of solid consistency, melts slowly in your mouth and will wow your taste buds. Covered in 100 per cent fine cocoa powder, the aromatic perception is particularly long lasting. To Europeans, this sweet delight will be a reminder of a much-loved childhood treat. Everyone else will be amazed by enjoying it for the first time. Goufrais is the perfect choice as a precious present for your loved ones, especially because it contains no alcohol, no nuts and no gluten. 

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Christmas decorations: Traditional handcrafted products from Germany are an essential part of the articles sold at the Christkindl Market. We have chosen the best selection from dozens of hand crafters. You'll find tree ornaments, nutcrackers, candleholder, "Räuchermännchen" (incense smokers) or other decoration pieces handmade from wood or glass.

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Wooden toys: 100% handmade wooden toys, games, signs and engraved gifts from Tim's Wooden Toys. Tim has been in the business of making wooden toys for more than 26 years.

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Glass art: Christmas markets are wonderful places to find gleaming Old World ornaments. Straub Artglas of Zwiesel, Germany manufactures glass ornaments with finest engravings in different shapes and colors. Since they are handmade each one is a little different. Choose the one that you like best.

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Plush toys: Since 1880, Steiff has been making plush toys and collectibles that set the world standard for quality. Made from only the finest materials each Steiff animal is meticulously hand-sewn and hand-finished by our staff of talented artisans in Giengen, Germany. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears. Steiff invented the Teddy bear in 1902.

The German American Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving German language and culture in the southeastern United States, and to supporting institutions with a similar goal.

The GAC-Foundation strives to strengthen the transatlantic relationship by advancing intercultural awareness and know-how between German speaking countries and the United States, through the support of educational activities, community events, and the arts.

Find out more on www.GAC-Foundation.org.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Christkindl Market is organized by the GAC-Foundation, a non-profit organization that depends on volunteer work. We are still looking for additional help on the ground during the event, but also in November for preparing and making sure that this event is just how we want a fine and welcoming Christkindl Market to be.

We are looking for the following support:

+ booth staff during the event
+ guerrilla marketing in November
+ preparing products and inventory
+ set-up and break down of the village

If you have interest and time to share, please contact us. We are grateful for your support! Email us at volunteer@christkindlmarket.org or give us a call at (706) 457-5799.

CONTACT

For questions or information on the Christkindlmarket Atlanta, feel free to contact the German American Cultural Foundation via email at info@christkindlmarket.org or give us a call at (706) 457-5799.

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