Illinois November 27, 2017
Illinois Has Its Very Own German Christmas Market And You’ll Want To Visit
With the end of November comes just the beginning of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for gifts or just looking to take in some festive activities, this German Christmas market in Illinois will do the trick.
Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit like this merry event. Keep scrolling for more information.
The town of Belleville, Illinois is fantastic at celebrating the holidays. Each year, the town is decorated and locals come out (even in the cold) for one of the most festive events around.
The 4th annual Christkindlemarket will take place November 24 - December 23, 2017. It sets up in Public Square in downtown. The market dates back to the mid-16th century and represents Nuremburg, a town in Germany that was known for its traditional festival.
Visitors will find a plethora of goods, many you didn't event know existed. Shop German lace, hand-blown ornaments, hand-carved Santas, accessories, home decorations, and much more.
Of course, you'll find a plethora of Russian and Ukrainian nesting dolls for sale as well. Get some for the whole family, or better yet, one to represent each member of your family.
Another wonderful thing about this German Christmas market is that you'll get to taste foods you've never heard of before and perhaps some you've always wanted to try. Like any good festival, the food is a huge draw for customers.
Children will have the chance to visit Santa here, and live reindeer are scheduled to visit one day each weekend from the end of November through Christmas.
Each year, there are also parades, a tree-lighting ceremony, wood-carving demonstrations, and live music to keep bringing locals back to the square.
The market includes traditional events and activities to honor the culture from whence the idea came. Though it may be cold, nighttime is the best time to visit due to all the lights.
Admission is free and hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Belleville Christkindlemarket takes place at
30 Public Square in Belleville, and you can get more information on its Facebook page or website.
For more holiday cheer,
visit this magical winter walk in Illinois that will positively enchant you.
Have you ever been to this German Christmas market? Share your experiences and finds with us!