If you’re looking for a handcrafted toy this holiday season, you might want to check out the Christkindlmarket, located at the Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loopbetween Dearborn, Washington, and Clark Streets.
The Christkindlmarket, Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival, is a traditional holiday market that features a variety of crafts and food from around the world. Look for handcrafted nativity scenes, wood-carved animals and dragons, and wooden games at the market.
More than 50 vendors are scheduled to participate this year, with many from Germany.
First held on Pioneer Court in 1996, the Christkindlmarket has been held at the Daley Plaza since 1997.
If you are visiting the Christkindlmarket with children, you’ll want to attend during the Children’s Lantern Parade on Dec. 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants in the parade light lanterns and tour the market while singing German and American carols. As registration is required to participate, call 312.644.2662 in advance. A fee applies.
Other events are planned during Christkindlmarket, including Glen Sorgatz and the Alpine Brass and The Seelie Players.
Christkindlmarket is open daily from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24. Its hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.