Throughout select weekends in November and December, the adorable faux-Bavarian town of Helen, Georgia becomes a Christmassy wonderland thanks in part to its annual Christkindlmarkt, which fills the town with cozy stalls and the scent of familiar Yuletide treats like mulled wine and freshly baked cookies.
In this Helen, GA Christkindlmarkt guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonder of Helen’s famous Christmas Market for yourself.
NOTE: The information below is compiled for your convenience from official sources, however this is still a Christmas market we haven’t been to personally. To help us improve this guide, let us know in the comments if you have any insider tips to add, and we hope to visit soon to give you a first-hand scoop of what to expect.
When is Helen Christkindlmarkt?
For 2023, the dates for the Helen Christkindlmarkt are:
- November 25 – 26
- December 2 – 3
Read our full list of Christmas market opening dates in the USA for more.
Where to Stay for Helen Christkindlmarkt
Many people opt to visit Helen Christkindlmarkt as a day trip, but if you want to be in the heart of the action and stay overnight, here are some accommodation options:
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Where to Find Helen Christkindlmarkt
As Georgia’s own “little Bavaria”, Helen is a town where you’ll feel festive cheer no matter where you go.
To find Helen’s Christkindlmarkt however, head straight to Helen’s downtown Marktplatz, where plentiful stalls selling gifts and treats await.
What to Eat at Helen Christkindlmarkt
Christmas is a time to indulge, and Helen’s Christmas offerings make that easy!
From candied apples and fudge to freshly baked goods, there are plenty of stalls at the Helen Christkindlmarkt (and around town) that will help you appease your sweet tooth.
Of course, being in Helen means plenty of opportunities to sample tasty German cuisine as well. Bodensee Restaurant is a popular pick for traditional German cuisine like potato pancakes (best enjoyed with apple sauce!) and Schweinebraten (roasted pork).
If weather permits, you can also grab some food to go from King Ludwig Biergarten, which has tons of Christmas market classics like grilled sausages and big soft pretzels.
What to Buy at Helen Christkindlmarkt
Just like at Germany’s famous Christmas markets, the best thing to do at Helen’s Christkindlmarkt is to shop!
While vendors vary year by year, you’ll have no trouble finding handmade gifts, beautiful ornaments and other treasures to take home to loved ones.
Extra Tips for Visiting Helen Christkindlmarkt
If you’re planning to visit Helen, GA at Christmas time, here are some additional tips to be mindful of.
Watch “Christmas Love Letter” beforehand
To get excited for your visit, you should know that there’s a Lifetime Christmas movie set in Helen – “Christmas Love Letter”.
If you love cheesy Christmas romance as much as we do, then this movie is a must-watch before you visit Helen, GA at Christmas for yourself.
Plan around Helen’s special Christmas events
Besides the Helen Christkindlmarkt, there are many other festive events that take place in Helen throughout the Christmas season, including…
- Annual Lighting of the Village & Christmas Parade – Nov 24, 2023
- Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm
- Helen Mistletoe Market
- Dropping of the Edelweiss
Where to Find More Info on Helen Christkindlmarkt
For the most up to date information, be sure to visit the official Helen Chamber of Commerce website.
Help us improve this Helen Christmas Market Guide!
Do you have a pro tip about Helen Christkindlmarkt? A particular souvenir you loved, or a delicious treat you tried? Let us know in the comments what your insider tips are for Helen’s Christmas Market so we can help improve this guide for all future visitors.