Carmel Christkindlmarkt ready to open Nov. 16 with new offerings, upgrades


The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will open for its third season Nov. 16 with several new offerings and upgrades.

The Kulturecke, or German history museum, is new this year. It’s the result of a partnership with the Indiana German Heritage Society and the Indiana Historical Society and features an exhibit about “10 Christmas Traditions You Didn’t Know Were German.”

Maria Murphy, Carmel Christkindlmarkt CEO and market master, said she expects the museum to return next year as a more interactive exhibit.

“We want to spend this year going around Indiana getting some oral histories so we could (use them on) a screen or audio,” she said. “It’ll be German immigrants in their 80s or 90s talking about their memories of Christmas.”

New food and drink offerings this year include Farmhouse Flammkuchen (freshly-baked Swiss flatbread pizzas) and Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate (made with pulverized Belgian chocolate). Popular favorites such as the Glühwein Pyramid (warm beverages) and Raclette Chalet (melted, scraped cheese) will return.

The Christkindlmarkt, 10 Center Green, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays Nov. 16 to Dec. 24. It will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Special hours of operation are noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 23 and noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 24.

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