The Phoenix Christkindlmarkt is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, and brings a festive taste of European culture and traditions to the Christmas season in Phoenix.
With plenty of tasty Christmas market treats to enjoy, and a nice variety of gifts to buy for loved ones, this European-style Christmas market is a must-visit for anyone in Phoenix looking to get in the festive mood.
In this Phoenix, Arizona Christkindlmarkt Guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonder of Central Arizona’s traditional outdoor Christmas market for yourself.
When is the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt?
2024 Dates TBA | Last year’s event was cancelled, so it is still unclear if the event will return this year.
Read our full list of Christmas market opening dates in the USA for more.
Where to Stay for Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
If you have never been to the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt, plan for at least a full day of old-world fun.
Or, why not combine a day of holiday shopping with a bit of sightseeing or a round of golf for the true Scottsdale experience?
If you want to stay for a few days to enjoy the breathtaking pinks and yellows of Arizona sunsets, here are some accommodation options:
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Budget Hotel: Hyatt Place Scottsdale is a clean, comfortable budget hotel close to sights and the Christmas market.
Mid-Range Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale is a solid hotel with plenty of space and easy access to all of Scottsdale and Old Town.
Luxury Hotel: The Phoenician is a grand resort complete with amazing rooms, spa and award winning golf course. I’ve stayed here numerous times – pure heaven.
Where to Find Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
Scottsdale, Arizona, hosts the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt at the Scottsdale Airpark.
The Airpark is just off Hayden Road between Redfield and Acoma – on the East side of 79th Street.
Admission to the event is free. Ample free parking is also available.
What to Eat at Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and good food, and the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt is no exception.
As you enter the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt, saunter over to the potato pancakes and applesauce – a true Christmas market classic beloved in Europe!
Of course, the deliciousness doesn’t end there. As you stroll through the holiday market, a bit of Bratwurst and sauerkraut will keep you in the holiday spirit.
And, after a full day of shopping, a bowl of Gulasch – hot stew, and a glass of Glühwein will be sure to warm the heart (and belly!)
PS: For those with a sweet tooth, it’s worth noting we could never leave without a piece of apple strudel and a few pounds of delicious old-world chocolates and “Lebcake” (gingerbread-style cookies) as gifts and stocking-stuffers.
… But, truth be told, the gingerbread cookies never made it home!
What to Buy at Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
Germany’s famous Christmas markets are best known for their shopping, and on that front, the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt certainly does not disappoint!
This 13-year-old holiday market brings the magic and splendor of Central and Northern European holiday shopping to Central Arizona, with gorgeous displays of the season filling the marketplace.
Holiday lights set the background and seasonal music fills the air as vendors offer their handmade items, from traditional German ornaments and candles to beautiful decorative wreaths.
This market in Phoenix is truly one of my favorite markets, and is where we picked up our first knitted ornament for the Christmas tree!
Other things to do at Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
Not sure what other activities are available at the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt?
Why not take a rest from shopping for a visit to St. Nikolas and the Christkindl?
You can also take advantage of free gifts for the young ones and a magic holiday smile for children of all ages.
Extra Tips for Visiting Phoenix Christkindlmarkt
If you’re planning to visit Phoenix at Christmas time, here are some additional tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
Always bring cash
Some vendors do not take credit cards, so having cash on hand is always a good idea.
Wear comfortable shoes
Visiting the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt can mean a lot of walking!
Bring a sweater
The Arizona desert weather is a bit unpredictable.
Plan your trip around Phoenix’s other Christmas events
Additionally, there are many other events in Phoenix and the surrounding towns that celebrate the season, including…
- Rawhide Snowy Christmas – Chandler
- Scottsdazzle – Downtown Scottsdale
- Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
- ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo
- The Polar Express – Williams
Where to Find More Info on Phoenix Christmas Fair
For more information, visit the Phoenix Christkindlmarkt website.
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