By Maria Murphy
Strolling through the fresh-air market, a crisp winter breeze blows through the Center Green. Your senses are overwhelmed with the smells of German food, the sight of hand-crafted German treasures, and the sounds of laughter coming off the ice rink. That warm cup of Glühwein and the sounds of the Alphorn add to the experience.
Welcome to the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, a new holiday attraction opening November 18 through Christmas Eve in the heart of Carmel’s City Center, nestled between the landmark Palladium concert hall and the Tarkington Theater. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will feature about 30 wooden huts filled with authentic German- made gifts, treats and tastes, sure to harken you back to a more traditional European-style celebration of the season.
“Central Indiana has a deep tradition of European influence that is often overlooked today,” said Maria Murphy, Market Master for the Christkindlmarkt. “With this authentic German market, we are bringing the essence of the old world back to the holiday season, giving visitors and residents an opportunity to experience a tradition that dates back to the middle-ages.”
This market provides a truly memorable experience unique from other holiday events in the central Indiana area. Items have been selected specifically for Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt from Germany, where many were handcrafted for the market. They range from reasonably- priced tree ornaments to elaborate creations that will enhance your holiday décor.
In between the gifts and the music, you will be pleased to find the flavors of Germany, such as fresh-grilled bratwurst sourced from a local Carmel butcher, popcorn and Lebkuchen, Alpine-style Raclette and European-style baked cheese, fresh-baked German pastries and sweets from a local chef with German roots, and unique German chocolates among other treats.
One of the most recognizable German market traditions is Glühwein, a special spiced wine served in a souvenir mug shaped like a boot. The collector mugs will also be for sale separately, so kids can warm up with hot chocolate.
The Ice at Center Green adds another outdoor recreational option during the winter months in Carmel.
It will be surrounded by the Christkindlmarkt throughout the holiday season. This new outdoor ice-skating rink will provide you and your family the unique opportunity to skate under the stars and among the holiday lights adorning Center Green.
Both the Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Center Green will open Saturday, November 18th at 1 p.m. The market will close Christmas Eve and The Ice will remain open until Sunday, March 11th, weather permitting. Please see website for exact days of operation, times and fees.
For more information visit carmelchristkindlmarkt.com.