With Thanksgiving behind us, let’s prepare for a Merry Christmas celebration in the beautiful windy city of Chicago! When speaking of Christmas cheer in Chicago, one of the first events to come to mind is the Christkindlmarket in Chicago. But what’s better than that, you ask? It’s the joy of the same event now opening at a second location in the suburbs!
Yes, one of Chicago’s most beloved holiday traditions has now opened at a second location in Naperville. Starting from Nov. 25 up until Dec. 24 at the Naper Settlement, this traditional German holiday market will be open to all from Thursdays through Sundays.
Drop in for free for some holiday cheer and live performances and all the Christmas fun. You will also be treated to classic food delicacies from more than 40 vendors and art offerings to gift your loved ones. Besides the usual fun, guests will also be able to take pictures with the Christkind, a fairy-like being and namesake of the market, every Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Christkindlemarket will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year at the Chicago location, now home to the tradition. But the city of Naperville intends to become the second permanent home to the holiday event starting this year. “I really look forward to the complement it will bring to our community over the holidays,” said Nicki Anderson, president and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Before Naperville, the suburban location for the event used to be Oak Brook. However, the Naperville location is spread out over a much-larger area with twice the number of vendors. Chicago, however, has still the most number of vendors: 52.
What, When and Where?
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Admission Prices: Free and Open to All
Thursdays – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 19-23 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 24 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Vendor List
The following vendors will be joyfully spreading cheer all month with their German delicacies and traditional gift items.
Baked Cheese Haus
BearHands & Buddies
Beer & Wine Vendors
Bethlehem Nativity Products
Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate
The Dancing Wolf
Dom Itp Ltd
Frank’s Ornament House
German Steins & Souvenirs
Gifts from Eastern Europe
Käthe Wohlfahrt of America
Milwaukee Pretzel Company
My Donut Lady
Partnership for Culture and Crafts
Pop-up Vendor Booth
Viktoria Anna Ornaments
Ways to Get to the Event?
Naper Settlement is easily accessible via public transportation. Either use the BNSF Metra line or any of the Pace buses numbered 530, 677, 683, and 714. If you are driving to the event, free parking is available on weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends. Two parking lots are available – one at the southwest corner of Porter Avenue and Webster Street, and the other on the upper level of the Municipal Center.
Is It Free and Open to All?
Yes, the sole purpose of the Christkindlmarket is to spread joy and get everybody together in the holiday spirit. While the main event is free and open to all, for those who wish to explore the Naper Settlement in depth, museum and building tours are available at standard costs.
Is It Bigger and Better than the Oakbrook Location?
Yes, the Naperville location is twice the size of the Oakbrook location with more vendors too.
Does Christkindlmarket Naperville Have its Own Mug?
Yes, staying true to its tradition, the Christkindlmarket Naperville will have its own mug design available for collectors. The design is inspired by the mug sold in downtown Chicago, but is exclusive to the suburban location.
Will I Get Bored at the Event?
Not only are there enough activities lined up to get you through the evening hours, but the activities are catered toward adults and children alike. There will be live song and dance performances, photo booths, art offerings, games, lots of food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and indoor and outdoor shopping setups. With plenty of activities lined up through the evening, you can rest assured that this free event will keep you occupied all weekend.
By Priyam Vora