This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of Christkindlmarket in Chicago. Christkindlmarket is an annual event representing the market held in Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg Christmas Market dates back to the sixteenth century where villagers would sell items such as ornaments, jewelry, stuffed dolls, food, and all sorts of other things in preparation for Christmas, as well as bringing joy to the winter. The market is featured with Christkind, an angel who brought gifts to children. As the market became a tradition in Germany, it spread to Chicago in 1995. According to the Christkindlmarket website, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest Inc. was looking for a way to benefit both Germany and the U.S through trade. The founder of the institution thought it would be beneficial if Christkindlmarket was spread globally. In 1996, the first Christkindlmarket was held in Pioneer Court but was later moved to Daley Plaza. Christkindlmarket was later built in Wrigleyville consisting of two locations in Chicago. According to Chicago Loop Alliance, Christkindlmarket brings roughly a million attendees amongst the few weeks it's open.  

“I think it's a great place to go and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones,” junior Sabina Poplawski states. The atmosphere is very unique, and there is nothing better than sipping on hot chocolate in unique mugs while exploring German “villages.” 

Amongst Hersey students the hot chocolate is a hit. “[My favorite thing is] the hot chocolate and the take away mugs,”  junior Bella Firato said.

 “My favorite part is the hot chocolate and the food,” sophomore Angelina Stasiak states. Besides the hot chocolate, the food is a runner up. The potato pancakes and the different types of sausage that are sold are very famous and keep many people coming back to indulge in German delicacies. Every year Chicago sets up the market with the intent to spark joy in the visitors with this cultural experience.

“I think it's a beautiful way to spend the holidays with your family,” junior Riya Gandhi said. Due to COVID last year, Christkindlmarket was virtual and only for purchasing goods. With the market being fully back this year, new mugs consisting of a beautiful green with the Chicago Skyline saying “25th anniversary” were distributed.  Besides the mugs, the market sells ornaments, jewelry, clothing, and all sorts of other items — perfect gift ideas for the holidays.  

After your hot chocolate and potato pancake run, if you still have energy, you can walk around Millenium Park, watch the lights, and go ice skating. The city is full of festive decorations that “just feels jolly and happy,” Poplawski said.