This December, the New Orleans non-profit organization Deutsches Haus will hold its third Christkindlmarkt, an open-air event combining the handcrafted wares of local artists and authentic imported German gifts with amazing old-world tastes and treats.
Visiting this market is truly a treat! Besides plenty of opportunities for food and shopping, German music fills the air as you wander through the vendor stalls waiting for visits from the Christkind (Christmas Angel) and even old St. Nicholas himself.
Eager to see the magic for yourself? In this New Orleans Christkindlmarkt Guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonder of this lovely German-style Christmas Market in-person.
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When is the New Orleans Christkindlmarkt
The 2023 New Orleans Christkindlmarkt, according to the Deutsches Haus event website, will be held from Dec 1 – 3.
Read our full list of Christmas market opening dates in the USA for more.
Where to Stay for New Orleans Christkindlmarkt
If you have never been to New Orleans and you have the extra time, plan for at least a full day or two of eating and shopping and walking.
The New Orleans Christkindlmarkt can be combined with a night of jazz on Bourbon Street, a friendly ghost tour, or a cocktail at an old pirate bar – for a true New Orleans experience.
If you want to be in the heart of the action here are some accommodation options:
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Budget: The Moxy is a clean boutique style hotel within walking distance of most things in New Orleans.
Mid-Range: The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. This hotel is great, sporting a young trendy vibe. It comes complete with its own whiskey bar.
Mid-Range: NOPSI Hotel New Orleans. NOPSI is one of my favorite hotels in New Orleans. Upscale and quiet, it offers elegance at a reasonable price. The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are plush.
Luxury: The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans. If you are looking for upscale luxury in the Cresent City, The Roosevelt Hotel is old world charm at its best.
Where to Find New Orleans Christkindlmarkt
The New Orleans Christkindlmarkt is held outdoors at the Deutsches Haus Building, 1700 Moss Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Near Esplanade at City Park and the New Orleans Fairgrounds. The Deutsches Haus Building is about 3 miles (15 minutes) from the French Quarter.
Admission and parking to this outdoor event are free.
Currently, entering the Deutsches Haus Building- including indoor restrooms, requires proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. Vaccination is not necessary for any outdoor events.
Verification of COVID-19 requirements is strongly suggested.
What to Eat at New Orleans Christkindlmarkt
Christmas is a time of food and fun. The New Orleans Christkindlmarkt welcomes you to this completely outdoor experience.
Fill your plate with an order of kartoffelpuffer – potato pancakes with applesauce. Or enjoy Nuremberg sausages or bratwurst and sauerkraut and a glass of Gluhwein – “mulled spiced wine.”
And what is Christmas without German sweets and cakes? My favorite is a cup of hot creamy chocolate.
Other Places to Eat in New Orleans
If you’re out on the town in New Orleans, try the Gumbo Shop or visit Restaurant R’evolution for Chef Fosse’s Death by Gumbo.
And of course, no visit to the Crescent City is complete without a visit to Café Dumonde for coffee and beignets. But don’t forget to bring cash, these powdered sugar delights are strict “cash only.”
What to Buy at New Orleans Christkindlmarkt
Germany’s famous Christmas markets are best known for their shopping and New Orleans Christkindlmarkt is no different – bringing the magic and splendor of old-world holiday shopping to Louisiana.
All items are handmade by local artisans or imported, “made in Germany” gifts and toys. You’ll find traditional ornaments of all media as well as candles, soaps, jewelry, pottery, chocolates, and spices.
Extra Tips for Visiting New Orleans (and its Christkindlmarkt) at Christmas
If you’re planning to visit New Orleans, LA (NOLA) at Christmas time, here are some additional tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
Always bring cash
Most vendors and taxis welcome credit cards, but some do not. And the trolley requires pre-paid or cash.
Comfortable shoes are a must
Visiting New Orleans means a lot of walking.
Bring an extra canvas tote for carrying gifts
You’ll definitely need something to lug around your New Orleans Christmas Market haul!
Plan your trip around NOLA’s other Christmas events
Ah, Christmas in New Orleans-the phrase says it all. December is one of the most amazing times to visit New Orleans where the sounds and aromas of the season fill the air.
Besides the Deutsches Haus Christkindlmarkt, visitors to NOLA can choose from a vast array of festive events that combine the various cultures in celebration of the Holidays.
- Celebration in the Oaks in City Park
- NOLA Christmastfest
- Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square
- Bonfires on the Levee – Christmas Eve, begins at dusk
Where to Find More Info on New Orleans Christmas Fair
For more information, visit the Deutsches Haus website.
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