About the Denver Christkindlmarket
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This annual event brings authentic German and European holiday traditions to Denver! The Market is hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado, a non-profit 501c6, and features both local and international small business vendors.
The Market opens every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, and lasts through the 23rd of December. The event offers an authentic German holiday experience, including opportunities to meet St. Nikolaus, Krampus and the Christkind herself. Guests can savor the season as they enjoy authentic Glühwein, Bavarian-style Biers, European coffee, or hot chocolate while wandering through the Market. Each charming wooden hut offers finely crafted artisan gifts and holiday treats sold by local Coloradan and international merchants. Guests are invited to enjoy live entertainment while snacking on Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh smoked salmon, or Goulasch with their family and friends.
2020 was a year unlike any other. Learn about changes to the Market and new regulations in place to help keep the Market safe by visiting our COVID-19 Page.
German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chapter
The Denver Christkindlmarket is planned and executed by the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO). This chamber is dedicated to encouraging, extending and promoting trade, commerce and investment between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Colorado. The Colorado Chapter is the local representative of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest. With six main locations throughout the US, the German American Chambers of Commerce are an integral part of the global network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad – with over 140 locations in 92 countries.
Our organization combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and professional consulting services for market entry, apprenticeships in the US, and more. The GACC-CO represents German and American companies and individuals in the Rocky Mountain Region and promotes the deepening of German-American dialogue, business, and trade. The mission of GACC-CO is to open doors in the realms of business and education for our members who are looking for German-American business opportunities.
The Christkind (German “Christ-child”) is the traditional Christmas gift-bearer in parts of Germany, Austria, and in other European countries. She is a fairy-like being with a white and golden dress, blonde locks and golden crown. If you look closely, she is featured on the Denver Christkindl Market logo. The idea that the Christkind brings children their Christmas gifts goes back to the protestant reformer, Martin Luther (1483-1546).
The Christkind plays a special part our annual Grand Opening Ceremony, reciting her famous prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Denver Christkindlmarket. Additionally, during the weekends of the market, the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet her. She enjoys photo opportunities with guests throughout the market.
German Christmas markets date back to the 14th century. Originally, the fairs provided only food and practical supplies for the cold winter season, but soon the markets became a beloved holiday tradition and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.