Denver Christkindlmarket (CO) 2021 Guide ft. Dates, Tips, Etc

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The Denver Christkindlmarket is a magical event that showcases vendors from Germany and beyond, as well as local artisans.

Shopping the hut-styled booths, you can find handcrafted gifts and traditional hand‑carved wooden figurines, meet the Christkindl along with St. Nikolaus and Krampus, and of course, savor the tastes of the season while sipping Glühwein and listening to German music.

In this Denver Christkindlmarket guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonders of this Christmas event in Central Colorado for yourself.

NOTE: We last visited this Christmas market in December 2015, so note that some things may be different this year. We’ve tried to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible, but let us know if you spot anything we should change!

When is Denver Christkindlmarket?

According to the German American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, this year’s Denver Christmas Market dates are November 19 – December 23, 2021.

  • Sunday – Wednesday: From 11 am to 7 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: From 11 am to 9 pm

Exceptions:

  • December 17 – 23: From 11 am to 9 pm
  • Thanksgiving Day: From 11 am to 4 pm

Check out our list of holiday fairs in Colorado or our full list of Christmas markets in the USA dates for more info.

Where to Stay for Denver Christkindlmarket

In need of a place to stay? Here are some quick recommendations for hotels near Denver Christkindlmarkets:

Budget: Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Downtown. The hotel is an absolute find, and it combines the reliability of Hampton Inn & Suites and a good location in downtown Denver with a reasonable price. It sits a few more blocks to the city’s edge but is still within walking distance of just about everything downtown. The views of the Rockies here are amazing at sunset.

Mid-Range: Hotel Indigo. The Hotel Indigo is located in downtown Denver’s LoDo District and immediately adjacent to Union Station. Here, you’ll find chic surroundings, comfortable rooms with all the necessities. We found the Fitness Room to be well appointed here, and especially liked the morning a la carte breakfast.

Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel Denver. This is a beautiful luxury hotel with upscale amenities, a spa, a rooftop pool, and an excellent farm-to-table restaurant. The Four Seasons is within walking distance of the Denver Christkindlmarket, sports, and arts complex. We opted to take the free shuttle service, taking us anywhere we wanted within 3 miles of the Hotel.

Where to Find the Denver Christkindlmarket

This year’s Denver Christmas Fair is at Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 – downtown Denver, near the Denver Capitol.

Admission is Free!

What to Eat at Denver’s Christmas Market

One of the best parts of the Holiday Season is the food, and the Christkindlmarket in Denver is a true feast. Local and international chefs work to bring authentic food, drinks, desserts, pastries, and sweets to this event… and you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Cinnamon pretzels, Christmas Stollen, Viennese apple strudel

These sweet European pastries are delicious anytime, but at Christmas, they are extra special. We loved trying the Christmas market’s cinnamon pretzels and grabbed a few to enjoy later at the hotel. Oh, don’t forget a glass of hot apple cider (or two).

Knödel

Knödel are boiled German dumplings made from bread or potatoes. They are yummy as a side dish or, my favorite, in a soup.

Pierogi

Another specialty of the Market is the Eastern European delicacy, Pierogi. If you have never tried homemade pierogi, you are in for a treat. These delicious dumplings – filled with potatoes and cheese, pork, or mushrooms, make a filling snack or even a dinner.

Holiday Drinks

What is Christmas without hot chocolate? Or for the adults, German Bier, Glühwein – a spiced mulled wine, and Schnapps?

What to Buy at the Christmas Market in Denver

The Denver Christkindl Market is the perfect place to browse for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, with a huge selection including…

European Handicrafts

It is easy to find beautiful hand-crafted items at the Christmas Market, such as these Metreshka Dolls (Nesting Dolls) representing Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. These are, without a doubt, some of my family’s favorite gifts.

Christmas market matreshka dolls
Image Credit: Evgeny Meshkov/Pixabay

Hand-made German Toys & Gifts

Another favorite to be found in the stalls of the Christkindlmarkt are authentic German toys, ornaments, and nutcrackers, straight from Haselbach, Germany.

Gifts from Local Makers

Still, looking for the perfect Christmas gift? The Denver Christkindl Market will also have local artisanal items such as candles, oils, honey, textiles, and even hand-blown glass.

Extra Tips for Visiting the Denver Christmas Fair

Dress Warmly

While it is not likely to snow, in early December, the temperatures may drop below freezing. If you are staying downtown, you may find yourself walking everywhere, so it’s smart to bundle up in layers just in case.

Always Bring Cash

Some vendors take cash, and some do not. It is always better to be safe than miss out on that last exquisite glass ornament.

Where to Find More Info on Denver’s Christkindl Market

If you are looking for more information about the Denver Christkindlmarket, visit the official website.

Help us improve this Denver Christmas Market Guide!

Do you have a pro tip about the Denver Christkindlmarket? A unique souvenir you loved, or a delicious treat you tried? Let us know in the comments what your insider tips are for the Christkindl market in Denver, so we can help improve this guide.

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