Atlanta Christkindl Market™ 2018-06-06T20:58:49+00:00

Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET™ – the city’s first and largest winter holiday festival at Atlantic Station.

The Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is the German American Cultural Foundation’s official Holiday event and the city’s largest German Christmas Market. After launching in 2016 and a successful second year in 2017, bringing in over 250,000 visitors, the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is aiming to double its activities in 2018!

Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Also, find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

2018 Event Dates

November 30– December 23

Official Opening

November 30, 2018 at 6.00pm

Atlantic Station Tree Lighting

TBD

Market Hours

Wednesday – Saturday:
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday:
Noon – 7:00 p.m.

Event Location

The Atlanta Christkindlmarket™ is taking place on Tower Street NW at Atlantic Station.  The thriving urban community of Atlantic Station is situated in the progressive “New South” just off 17th Street, west of the I-75/85 Connector in the heart of Midtown Atlanta and near Georgia Tech Campus. They put boutique shopping, local dining and innovative businesses together – all within walking distance, helping to create the necessary German ambiance to bring this Market to life.

Driving Directions

Parking

Parking at Atlantic Station is a breeze. Just follow signs for parking. The entire district rests on a three-level parking facility providing 7,200 parking spaces and 16 color-coded stairwells. Stairwells closest to the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ at Tower Street have the color-code purple (no 7) and orange (no 9).

Parking Map

Group Travels & Hotels

Are you planning on attending the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ with a group and travel by bus? Tour Bus Parking Assistance is offered to all buses visiting Atlantic Station. Bus drop off is at the corner of Tower and Market Street. From there Atlantic Station’s officers will escort buses to one of our surface lots for parking. We ask that you contact eddy.romero@hines.com at least 48 hours in advance of your group’s arrival or call the concierge desk at (404) 410-4010.

Do you plan to stay overnight and require recommendations for a hotel? Atlantic Station is centrally located in Atlanta with many hotels in close proximity. Some hotels are even within walking distance. We are happy to help you find a hotel that may also offer shuttle buses to the event location. Please contact the concierge desk at (404) 410-4010 for assistance.

More Information

  • The Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is free admission.
  • Look for specific events, activities and performances in our event calendar. Please note that dates and times may change.
  • For all media inquiries please contact us via email at info@christkindlmarket.org or use our contact form. We will get back to you promptly.
  • We are looking for volunteers! If you are interested, please click here.

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What is a CHRISTKINDL MARKET?

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt (literally meaning “Christ Child Market”) is a street market celebrating Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, in Northern Italy and the eastern French regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Savoy. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland. In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market. Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. On opening nights visitors welcome the “Christkind” (originally boy Jesus, but more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child, especially at the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.

Who is the CHRISTKIND?

Christkindl is usually depicted as a little child with curly blond hair that has never been seen by the kids. The parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring gifts if they are curious and try to spot it. As a traditional ceremony, the whole family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up and the gifts that the Christkind has just brought are waiting to be opened. The parents tell their kids that the Christkind has just left. In some traditions, the departure of the Christkind is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.

This year’s Christkind is Teresa Treuheit from Nuremberg, Germany. You can be excited to see the original Christkind at our Atlanta Christkindl Market on December 2nd to 4th. The Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony, reciting her prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Additionally, during her visit the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she roams the market, sharing German holiday traditions and telling Christmas stories.

Entertainment

The 2018 schedule of events will be posted soon and updated frequently! Come back and check out new events and dates. The calendar will be filled with fun activities for the whole family.

If you would like to present your School, group or company band, choir, theatre, dance and ballet group on the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ stage please contact our office for available slots at office@christkindlmarket.org.

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Vendors & Products

The Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is the German American Cultural Foundation’s official Holiday event and the city’s largest German Christmas Market. After launching in 2016 and a successful second year in 2017, bringing in over 250,000 visitors, the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is aiming to double its activities in 2018! You can count on us!

Stats

  • Over 500,000 projected visitors
  • Up to 30 Christmas Booths
  • Free Entry

Marketing

  • Daily events
  • Individual promotions of vendors, artisans and sponsors
  • Video and photo services available upon request

Logistics

  • Logistical support available to Atlanta from anywhere in the world

Staffing

  • Supporting the Market with designated, informed staff

Join our family of successful vendors, artisans and producers today. We’d love to hear from you.

Please contact office@christkindlmarket.org for further information.

German American Cultural Foundation

The German American Cultural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the German language, bringing the best of German culture to the Southeast of the United States, and educating the next generation of American economic leaders on the rewards of being able to respond to different corporate cultures and lifestyles.

The Foundation strives to strengthen the transatlantic relationship by advancing intercultural awareness and know-how between German-speaking countries and the United States through the support of educational activities, community events and the arts.

Find out more on www.GAC-Foundation.org.

Gold Sponsors

Bauerfeind

Burr Forman

Bronze Sponsors

USP

Fischbowl Productions LLC

IFF

The Color Spot

BBVA Compass

Diverse
Resources, Corp.

Call for Volunteers

Hello and best greetings from the Atlanta Christkindl Market™!

The Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is presented by the 501(c)(3) non-profit German American Cultural Foundation (GAC-F). To ensure a smoothly run of the Atlanta Christkindl Market™ it takes a wonderful team of people. This is why we need you … yes YOU!

Are you a wonderfully kind person and able to help us out this year? Would you like to meet other volunteers, and staff who enjoy an event that will spread Holiday cheer amongst children and adults alike, while exposing them to the festivities of one of Germany’s oldest cultural traditions?  Would you like to see talented musical acts and entertainment, and, most importantly, take home some great memories of a German Holiday experience to share? If so, this is the place to be!

The German American Cultural Foundation is delighted to give you an Official Volunteer Certificate which is a great way to build your resume. Or do you know other places where you have over 500,000 visitors all over the world in a month?

Interested? Please contact us. Email us at office@christkindlmarket.org or give us a call at (706) 457-5799.

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Contact Us

For questions and information on the Atlanta Christkindl Market™, feel free to contact the German American Cultural Foundation via email at office@christkindlmarket.org  or give us a call at (706) 457-5799.

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German American Cultural Foundation