The Christkindlmarkt tradition in Cincinnati began in 1988 when the Germania Society introduced the city’s first German-style Christmas market. In 2012, Cincideutsch brought its own authentic market to the heart of the city by holding the first Christkindlmarkt on Fountain Square. The actual traditions of German Christkindlmarkt, however, go back for centuries. The market in Nuremberg is touted as the country’s oldest and most renown of them all, with records of the event dating back to 1639.
Typically held in Advent, the festivals take over streets and town squares for the entire month of December. Wooden booths are erected, where vendors sell a range of items for gift-giving, decorating, eating and drinking. While walking through the town, you can smell freshly roasted almonds made by a local confectioner, sample a piece of Stollen (a traditional German Christmas cake made with dried fruit and nuts) and ward off the cold with a warm cup of Glühwein (Mulled red wine, spiced with cinnamon, cloves, citrus, and sweetened with sugar).