Atlantic Station is playing host to the second annual German Christmas Market, the Atlanta Christkindl Market, through Dec. 23.
Christmas markets have been popular in the German speaking countries since the Middle Ages and still attract millions of visitors every season. The German American Cultural Foundation (GAC-F) organizes the market, which is staffed with volunteers. Wooden stalls, reminiscent of the traditional market in Nuremberg, Germany, line Atlantic Station’s Central Park around the gigantic Christmas tree. The booths sell traditional foods and imported craft items.
Glühwein, a mulled wine (non-alcoholic versions are available), is one of the traditions of the Chistkindl Market, along with a variety of traditional foods including Bratwurst and Leberkäse (a type of German meatloaf). Traditional sweets are available as well including Stollen, the German Christmas cake, and Lebkuchen, the German gingerbread. You’ll also find beer, hot chocolate and roasted nuts, another Christkindl tradition.
The market hosts activities almost daily so check the Facebook page. Coming up, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus Ensemble will perform on Dec 17 from 6-7 p.m. Porsche, the platinum sponsor of the market, is raffling off five Porsche driving experiences for all those spending upwards of $100 at the market.
The market is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.