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