Four bags of garland, three wooden huts, two bearded men...and a giaaaaant Christmas tree! A stroll through the setup of Denver's infamous Christkindl Market in Civic Center Park recently invoked the tune "The 12 Days of Christmas" in our heads as we wondered in amazement at the transformation happening before our eyes. Granted, there are MANY more bags of lush garland and candy cane-striped huts than that, but you get the idea. This festive spread is an exiting sight to see even before it's finished!
The beloved annual event opens on the Friday before Thanksgiving (November 20th this year), and lasts through December 23rd. An homage to a European tradition dating back to the 14th century, the Denver Christkindl Market is a chance for guests to have an authentic German holiday experience through food, shopping, entertainment and even sightings of the German Christmas gift-giver, Christkind herself!
As many Denverites know, the market has always been held in Skyline Park. This year - its 20th - the Christkindl Market is emerging anew in Civic Center Park. It's of course going to be a new event in many ways, thanks to the year that is. We stole William Reed, Executive Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chapter and producer of the market, away from the busy preparations to talk about the new venue, new regulations and new additions shaping Christkindl's 2020 pivot.
Why is Civic Center Park such a great location for the Christkindl Market?
Speaking of breathing room...
So there won't be a dance floor, but what other fun, exciting things can guests expect? You mentioned there have been rollercoasters at German markets?!
You'll be here in Civic Center Park for over a month. Talk about the value of this type of activation in the heart of Denver.
You've been doing this for a long time - what's YOUR favorite part of the market?
Ditto, William. We at the Civic Center Conservancy are inspired throughout the year by the guests at our programs and events who bring life into this beloved historic space. We're thrilled about this joyful activation in the Heart of Denver - for the park we love so much and the city we're so proud to be a part of.
The Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the City and County of Denver to restore, enhance and activate Denver’s historic Civic Center Park - elevating and sustaining this historic urban oasis as a vibrant and iconic cultural and community hub. Learn more at www.civiccenterpark.org/civiccenterconservancy.