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About Atlanta Christkindl Market2018-11-04T18:36:06+00:00

Atlanta Christkindl Market

The Atlanta Christkindl Market is an 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 2018 (but not limited to) are nutcrackers, German incense smoker, smoker ovens, glass ornaments from Lauscha Thuringia/Germany, holiday ornaments of all colors, materials and sizes, Christmas Pyramids from Seiffen Erz Mountains/Germany, Spanbaum, 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, snow globes, tea, handwoven winter wears, jewelry, wooden toys, wood carvings, crib figurines, wooden novelties, beer steins, wooden wrist watches from Austria and more.

On the culinary side the Atlanta Christkindl Market offers a variety of food such as Brats, fresh out of the oven Pretzels, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, potato pancakes, stews, Spaetzle, potato dumplings, roasted nuts, stollen, gingerbread, fines chocolate treats, cakes and pastries, bread, Doener, Leberkaese, Chimney Cakes, European sweets and treats, Gluehwein, beer and more.

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.

2018 Event Dates

November 23– December 23

Official Opening

November 29, 2018 at 6PM

Atlantic Station Tree Lighting

November 17 – All Day Long

Market Hours

Wednesday – Saturday:  11AM – 9PM
Sunday:  Noon – 7PM

Special Hours:
Monday, December 17:  11AM – 9PM
Tuesday, December 18:  11AM – 9PM

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 office@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.

Atlanta Christkindl Market