One of the best things about December in Chicago is going to the Christkindlmarket.

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Christkindlmarket is an annual Christmas market held in Daley Plaza every year around the holidays.

The market features all kinds of Christmas-themed vendors and attractions, from baked goods to holiday ornaments and dance groups to bass brands…and of course, Santa!

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Christkindmarket is inspired by Christkindlesmarkt, a German holiday market dating back to the 1500s!

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Christkindlmarket first came to Chicago in 1996, thanks to the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

Now in its 19th year, the market brings in more than a million people annually!


There’s still plenty of time to check Christkindlmarket out! It runs until Dec. 24. For more information, check out it’s website here.

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