The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures presents its sixth annual Christkindlmarkt -- a traditional German Christmas market -- in downtown Phoenix at Heritage Square, 7th Street and Monroe, Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Christkindlmarkt – a celebration held throughout Germany and Central Europe since the Middle Ages – brings cherished German and European traditions to downtown Phoenix with holiday entertainment, German, Austrian and Swiss cuisine, vendors and local artisans selling merchandise like children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, and activities and entertainment for the whole family! Admission is free.
Browse through traditional handicrafts, including handmade soaps and candles, jewelry, ornaments and toys. Enjoy traditional Christmas food and beverage specialties from Germany, including Nuernberger bratwurst and wieners, sauerkraut, Gulasch soup, real German Laugenbrezeln (hot soft pretzels), apple strudel, "Lebcake" style gingerbread cookies (Lebkuchen), hot roasted chestnuts, roasted sugar almonds (gebrannte mandeln), German Christmas cookies, hot mulled wine (Gluehwein), hot apple cider, hot cocoa, coffee (available with a variety of schnapps), and German winter beer from Warsteiner.
Entertainment includes traditional Christmas music, a vocal choir and a bell choir from Mountain View Lutheran Church, performances by the AZ Puppet Theater, and a special appearance by the Christkindl and Saint Nikolaus with gifts for the children in attendance.
The event is easily Light Rail accessible from the 3rd St & Washington/Jefferson St. stop. Ample parking is also available in the Heritage and Science Park garage located on the southeast corner of Monroe and 5th Streets.
For more information, visit the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures website at ac4gc.org. The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to establishing a place for people of Germanic background to share their traditions, history, contributions, culture and celebrations with their fellow Americans from all backgrounds.
Vendors, Organizers Needed for December Event
The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures will present its sixth annual Christkindlmarkt in downtown Phoenix at the Heritage Square, 7th Street and Monroe Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 10 a.m. to 5p.m.
The Christkindlmarkt – a celebration held throughout Central Europe – will bring cherished German and European traditions to downtown Phoenix with holiday entertainment, German and Austrian cuisine, vendors and local artisans selling merchandise like children’s toys and Christmas ornaments, and much more for the whole family! Admission will be free.
The event is not until December, but the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures is currently seeking vendors whose merchandise fits with this theme. They could also use more help from downtown Phoenix businesses and others in organizing this event.
If you would like to be a vendor or would like to help organize the Christkindlmarkt, please contact Wolfgang Klien at (480) 502-8510 or contact us through the website.