If you find yourself in Carmel, Indiana around the Christmas holidays you should definitely visit their Christkindlmarkt. If you have never been to a Christkindlmarkt, you are missing out. It is basically a big Christmas bazaar with it’s roots in Germany. You will find lots of traditional crafts, food, and drinks. I recommend trying the Glühwein, which is a spiced, mulled wine served warm. It really hits the spot on a cold winter’s day.
From the event’s website
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has brought the old-world charm of Christmas in Germany to Carmel, Indiana. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is an open-air Christmas market in traditional German style, and was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2017 with the support of the City of Carmel and Mayor James Brainard.
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is dedicated to creating an authentic German market with products sourced from Germany and other German-speaking European countries. You will find a blend of traditional German foods and gifts being sold from small wooden huts, and the market surrounds a beautiful outdoor ice skating rink.
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has become the premier holiday offering in Indiana, attracting well over half a million people since the opening. An extensive poll by USA Today’s 10BEST travel media group has named Carmel Christkindlmarkt the No. 1 winner in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Holiday Market. In addition the market received the distinction of being the top Christmas market in the state of Indiana by Taste of Home Magazine in 2017.
Christian Werner invites visitors to watch his historic and unique craft. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is honored to also host world-renowned woodworkers from the Erzgebirge region, who share their craft and culture through demonstrations.
In 2018 the Carmel Christkindlmarkt brought another German ambassador to the market. The iconic Glühwein Pyramid at the center of the market is the first of its kind in the United States.
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