Denver’s German Christkindl (Christmas) Market 2017

You know, from past posts, that I LOVE German Christmas markets! I’ve posted in the past about Nuremberg’s famous Markt, as well as the five (yes, five) in Bamberg while I lived there. So imagine my delight when I discovered that Denver has a German-style Christmas market! Of course I made a special trip downtown to check it out. If you saw my previous post about the Christmas parade, well, the market was my ramp-up to the parade.

The market is located in the heart of downtown Denver in Skyline Park. It’s easily accessible via the free Sixteenth-Street Mall bus. Sixteenth Street is the pedestrian shopping and restaurant district. When I hopped off the free bus, I saw an approximately-German-style market sign:

Actually, to split hairs, a truly German sign would read Christkindlmarkt, but who’s counting? However, I was surprised to find that the market looked fairly similar to the Christmas markets in Germany, including the wooden stalls. Even some of the vendors were the same! Here’s a gallery of some of the scenes:

One factor I was surprised to see was the enclosed Festival Hall:

If you recall my Denver Oktoberfest post, you’ll know that the beer tent there was not totally authentic. However, here at the Christkindl Market, they had a sort-of-proper German one, complete with a beer stand at one end serving real Paulaner beer from Munich:

They also had a stage and, at the time, tap dancers.

While tap dancers aren’t particularly German, later there was a Lederhosen-clad oompah band and slap dancers as well.

It’s been warmer than usual here in Colorado this December, but the Christkindl Market sure helped set the holiday mood. So much so, that, as my holiday gift to you, I’m including a recipe here for authentic German Gluhwein – a hot, spiced wine that’s a perfect winter drink:

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Mulled Wine (Spiced German Glühwein) Recipe
Glühwein is hot, red wine infused with citrus and spices. This is an authentic German recipe - serve it at your winter holiday parties or enjoy it at home as part of your traditional celebrations.
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
6-oz cups
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
6-oz cups
  1. Wash the lemon and orange and remove any labels. Cut them in half.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan combine sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a low boil and simmer until syrupy.
  3. Squeeze the orange and lemon halves into the pan and drop the empty rinds in as well. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Lower the heat and continue to cook without boiling or simmering for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For Glühwein use any type of red wine as long as it’s a fairly good one. You can’t dress up a bad wine by adding the spices. A slow-cooker is a good way to keep Glühwein warm on a party buffet table.

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Leave me a comment below if you try the recipe and let me know what you think. Happy Holidays!

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  1. Paula Showen

    Looks like you’ve been having a wonderful holiday season! Hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!

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