Now that December is here, holiday merriment is in full swing! This year marks the first year that they Christkindlmarket is in Naperville. There is a larger one in Chicago, but it is certainly a nice holiday treat without having to go to the city!
|Christkindlmarket creations from all over the world dazzle.|
Before this weekend, I had not been to a Christkindlmarket in quite some time. My goal was to get a pretzel---which I did. But, I also wanted a chance to revel in a jubilant atmosphere and the Christkindlmarket definitely rose to the challenge!
This year's Christkindlmarket resides in Naper Settlement alongside historical buildings. There are tours available at the Victorian mansion during the Christkindlmarket. Twinkling lights and intricate glass ornaments will cause you to pause while strolling through. We spied amazing creations from Germany, Slovakia, Austria and the USA.
|Dangling glass ornaments make guests take pause strolling through Christkindlmarket.|
|Intricate woodwork crafted in Germany is awe inspiring.|
There are a number of food tents with German treats including yummy pretzels, pierogies, potato pancakes, brats and roasted nuts. Of course, there are beer tents and tents for cider and hot chocolate. Speaking of beer, there are gorgeous steins as well!
Naper Lights also infuses more cheer into the event. The walk through light display provides extra holiday merriment and even some photo opportunities for families.
Christkindlmarket and Naper Lights provided for a jovial evening adventure for us! A lovely way to revel in the holiday spirit -- and perhaps accomplish holiday shopping!
Hours: Thursdays 11AM-7PM; Fridays & Saturdays 11AM-9PM; Sundays 11AM-6PM; Special hours December 19-23 -- open each day 11AM-9PM; December 24 11AM-4PM
- Grab a brochure to identify booths you would like to visit
- Be prepared to wait in line.
- Christkindlmarket was quite crowded during our visit so may be difficult to navigate with strollers.
- Within the tents, there are many glass ornaments easily within reach so you really will need to watch young children.
- There is a pay-for-parking area. If you go just beyond, you may find free street parking.
- Admission is free.