Atlanta Christkindl Market 2017-12-11T16:00:43+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.

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.

2017 Event Dates

November 24 – December 23

Atlantic Station
Tree Lighting

November 18, 2017

Open Daily

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

Event Location

The Christkindl Market is once again taking place in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station is Atlanta’s premier destination for shopping, dining, and events for the entire family – located off 17th Street, just west of the I-75/85 Connector in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

Atlantic Station is an upscale commercial and residential area located near the Georgia Tech Campus. At its heart is the open-air Atlantic Station mall, with popular fashion and home decor stores. Cultural institutions include the Millennium Gate Museum, with temporary art exhibitions, and the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum.

Driving Directions

Parking

Parking at Atlantic Station is a breeze. Just follow signs for parking. The entire district rests on a 3 level parking facility providing 7,200 parking spaces and 16 color-coded stairwells to get you where you want to go. Stairwells closest to the Christkindl Market in Central Park have the color-code red (no. 6) or purple (no. 7). Should you wish to make a quick stop, consider on-street parking with credit card-friendly meters located throughout the District. The height restriction for the parking deck is 6’8″. If you arrive with a vehicle higher than that (e.g. mini buses or tour buses) please follow directions for “group travels”.

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 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.

Event Calendar

The 2017 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.

Never been to traditional German Christkindl Market and curious what’s going on? Our event calendar will give you a better idea of what to expect. Just click a calendar date below to see what will be going on!

More To Do at Atlantic Station

Consider other events around the Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. During the entire holiday season, you can find attractions for youngsters and the young at heart.

We invite everyone to consult our concierge desk located at Central Park for additional and updated information. Phone (404) 410-4010

Visit Santa in his house in Central Park and have photos taken with him.

Please consult the concierge for the few dates, when Santa won’t be home.

Gather around the Christmas tree in Central Park for a magical snow show each evening.

Skate on Atlanta’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Take the kids for a holiday ride on the Snowball Express.

Check out everything happening at Atlantic Station!

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Vendors & Products

The traditional market offers many things to eat, drink or buy as a gift or memory. Most food and beverages are imported specifically for our event from Germany. Here are just a few to name that you should be excited about.

Glühwein

Mulled Wine (in German “Glühwein”)
When it’s cold outside, a hot spiced mulled wine will warm you again after your stroll around the market. It comes along in a beautiful mug, which is designed especially for our event. It’ll be the perfect souvenir for your kitchen cupboard at home! We will offer alcoholic mulled wine for adults, but also a non-alcoholic version for children.

German Street Food
Enjoy the unique flavor’s of Bratplatz’s German street food – from chicken schnitzel sandwiches, to pretzel bites with beer cheese, to leberkäse! These items are guaranteed to evoke nostalgia in anyone familiar with German street food culture, and excitement to those new to it. You will be assured two things when choosing Bratplatz: Fun food and great hospitality!

Bernhard's Bakery

Bakery Products
Local Marietta based Bernhard’s Bakery freshly bakes traditional German breads, cakes, cookies and other seasonal bakery goods. All his products are organic or natural baked goods with of old authentic German recipes.

Tim's Wooden Toys

Wooden Toys
100% handmade wooden toys, games, signs and engraved gifts from Tim’s Wooden Toys. Tim has been in the business of making wooden toys for more than 26 years.

Straub

Glass Art
Christmas markets are wonderful places to find gleaming Old World ornaments. Straub Artglas of Zwiesel, Germany manufactures glass ornaments with finest engravings in different shapes and colors. Since they are handmade each one is a little different. Choose the one that you like best.

Sheiff

Plush Toys
Since 1880, Steiff has been making plush toys and collectibles that set the world standard for quality. Made from only the finest materials each Steiff animal is meticulously hand-sewn and hand-finished by our staff of talented artisans in Giengen, Germany. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears. Steiff invented the Teddy bear in 1902.

Handcrafted Decorations
The whimsy of handcrafted decorations delights the eyes and fills the air with Holiday spirit at every Christmas Market in Germany. Christian and Lauren love visiting them with their family. This year they were inspired to bring authentic German crafts to Atlanta Christkindl Market with their own boutique shop…for all who seek to create memories and celebrate tradition.

Goufrais

Confectionery
Goufrais – our well-known delight in form of the traditional “Gugelhupf”. For some the very form of this confection recalls the “good old times” where our grandmother’s recipes gave rise to a homely feeling.

Lebkuchen Schmidt

Pastry
Nuremberg Lebkuchen owe their worldwide reputation to one Nuremberg business: Lebkuchen-Schmidt, the oldest mail order company for Lebkuchen and pastry delicacies. For over 80 years, we´ve sent our scrumptious delights to places all over the world.

Nutcrackers
Steinbach’s high standards and resourcefulness are what have helped make our Nutcrackers world famous. The subjects of the Steinbach Nutcrackers are also unique and are taken from art, literature and folklore from all over the world and along with their limited production makes them highly collectible.

Sigikid

Toys
In today’s world, many of our daily interactions are quick-paced and short-lived. We often tend to forget one of the most important human attributes: the ability to play. At sigikid, we put all our focus on playing. Our products are designed to make children happier. To achieve this, we use the most wholesome and important ingredients available: Quality and Love!

German American Cultural Foundation

The German American Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving German language and culture in the southeastern United States, and to supporting institutions with a similar goal.

The GAC-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

The Christkindl Market is organized by the GAC-Foundation, a non-profit organization that depends on volunteer work. We are still looking for additional help on the ground during the event, but also in November for preparing and making sure that this event is just how we want a fine and welcoming Christkindl Market to be.

We are looking for the following support:

  • booth staff during the event

  • guerrilla marketing in November

  • preparing products and inventory

  • set-up and break down of the village

If you have interest and time to share, please contact us. We are grateful for your support! Email us at volunteer@christkindlmarket.org or give us a call at (706) 457-5799.

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Contact Us

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

Atlanta Christkindl Market

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