Inspired by a centuries-old custom originating in German-speaking Europe, Cincideutsch will for the second consecutive year bring the Christkindlmarkt tradition to Cincinnati. This year, the holiday market expands from a single weekend to encompass three consecutive weekends (Nov 29–Dec 1 at Fountain Square and Dec 6-8, 13-15 at Findlay Market). Local vendors will staff half-timbered booths, offering a large scale of handcrafted gifts, unique collectibles, seasonal decorations, traditional holiday sweets, beer, Glühwein (hot spiced wine) and other hot beverages.
“There are plenty of Oktoberfests here in town, but I always saw the need for an authentic German Christmas market,” says Cincideutsch President and Co-Founder, Olaf Scheil, a native of Lübeck, Germany. “The Christkindlmarkt is a tradition that is hundreds of years old and such an integral part of German culture still today. And the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt is just like those found all over Germany—a place for people to gather with family and friends, enjoy the seasonal weather and celebrate the holidays.”
Although the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt strives to ensure an experience that rivals that of a trip overseas, room always remains for Cincinnati’s culture to shine through. Once the market is moved from Fountain Square to Findlay Market, the Over-the Rhine Brewery District will hold tours on Saturdays at 1pm that explore Over-the-Rhine as was a port-of-entry for immigrants seeking opportunity in a new land. The tours, which are available for $15, will visit three pre-Prohibition breweries, including underground lagering cellars. Additionally, the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt at Findlay Market will feature a one-of-a-kind entertainment schedule. Brass music will be performed by the Ohio River Brass Quintet, the Blechbläser Zinzinnati, and song provided by the Kolping Saengerchor, the Fairview German School Kinderchor (children’s choir), and the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC). Free holiday crafts will also for families during scheduled times.
For more details about the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt and its full entertainment schedule, visit markt.cincideutsch.com. News updates can be found at facebook.com/cincideutschmarkt and Twitter @cincideutsch. Vendor opportunities are available at Findlay Market (Dec 6-8, 13-15). Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Along with presenting sponsor, Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, the Christkindlmarkt is graciously funded through gifts from Siemens, The Audi Connection, UBS Financial Services, The German Consulate General-Chicago, Ruthman Companies, Seemless Printing and private donors.