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  • Writer's pictureJoey Amato

Athenaeum Foundation to host second annual Christkindlmarkt

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

For the second consecutive year, the Athenaeum is hosting Christkindlmarkt, a celebration of the holiday season and German Heritage, to be held in the Rathskeller Biergarten in late-November through mid-December.

This year, Christkindlmarkt is expanding their holiday celebrations to include Hanukkah on Saturday, Dec. 9, Las Posadas on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Kwanzaa on Sunday, Dec. 17. Each celebration will feature music and festivities relative to the holiday. Christkindlmarkt will also feature Krampusnacht on Saturday, Dec 2 and Sankt Nikolaus Fest on Sunday, Dec 3

“Traditionally, a Christkindlmarkt is a place for the local community to gather and celebrate the season with traditional German food and holiday shopping,” said Athenaeum Foundation president, Craig Mince. “This year, we’ve decided to put an inclusive spin on Christkindlmarkt by adding days to celebrate other seasonal holidays.”

Festivities include transformative decorations, live entertainment on the Biergarten stage, warm raclettes & gluhwein and other traditional German food and beverages. This year, the Christkindlmarkt will have an expanded Christmas tree lot managed by Digs Garden Center.

Like last year, the market will feature 12 vendor huts, which will be occupied by local artisans and merchants. Each hut vendor will sell holiday-specific items, local memorabilia, gifts and more. The Christkindlmarkt will also include live entertainment on the Biergarten stage.

The market will be open Fridays through Sundays in December, starting on Friday, Nov. 24, and concluding on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Hours opening weekend, Nov. 24 – Nov. 26 (weekend after Thanksgiving):

Friday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Saturday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m

Hours all other weekends, Dec. 1 – Dec. 17, will be:

Friday: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

For more information about Christkindlmarkt, please visit

Photo courtesy of Craig Mince


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