Atlanta Christkindl Market

The Atlanta Christkindl Market is a FREE event sponsored by the GAC-Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the education of German language and culture throughout the southeastern U.S.

The quality of a traditional Christmas market depends on maintaining a high standard of the vendor products it offers. The Atlanta Christkindl Market is proud to offer its visitors a huge variety of traditional German products, craftsmanship, seasonal gastronomic specialties and new gourmet street food.

Products which can be found at the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ 2019 (but not limited to) are nutcrackers, German incense smoker, glass ornaments, holiday ornaments of all colors, materials and sizes, Christmas Pyramids, candle arches, window decorations, tablecloths, Plauener Spitze Modern German lace products from Saxony/Germany, one-of-a-kind handmade items that can be made and demonstrated on site, tea, handwoven winter wears, jewelry, wooden toys, wood carvings, crib figurines, wooden novelties, beer steins, special gifts and more.

On the culinary side the Atlanta Christkindl Market offers a variety of food such as pretzels, Currywurst, Schnitzel, Leberkäse (literally translates as liver cheese — a meatloaf made from finely ground corned beef, pork, bacon, onions, and further ingredients), and Bratwursts (there will be different types since the different German regions have different kinds of Brats), Stollen (traditional cake with candied fruits and nuts), typical German Christmas cookies, candied nuts (a popular treat at festivals in Germany like the Oktoberfest), and Quarkbällchen (pastry). The market will also have drinks, and the most popular drink served at German Christmas Markets is Glühwein. Glühwein is mulled wine made from red wine with cinnamon and other herbs and spices. Glühwein is available in other countries, but there is no German Christmas Market without Glühwein. 

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.

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, our market will feature a Christkind; she 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.

Santa is coming to town!

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season come visit Santa at Atlanta Christkindl Market. Whether your children have been naughty or nice, Santa is ready to hear their Christmas wishes and take heart-warming holiday photos.

View Santa’s Hours

Grand Opening Ceremony

November 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm
at Centennial Olympic Park

Market Hours

We’re open daily

Thursday, November 21 – Monday, December 23:
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Special Hours

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov 28:  CLOSED

Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm

More Information

  • The Atlanta 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 media@christkindlmarket.org. We will get back to you promptly.
  • We are looking for volunteers! If you are interested, please click here.

Atlanta Christkindl Market