German, Latin American Christmas Markets to Kick Off Holiday Season

Two local Christmas markets suggest that just after Thanksgiving is the best time for Atlanticists to start their holiday shopping with experiences around the world.

In Atlanta Criskindle Marketwhich, after six years in the city, is making its way into a bona fide tradition, kicks off once again Friday in the Buckhead Village shopping district.

A traditional German Christmas market featuring stalls similar to those that line the city streets every winter Germanyit is the second time in this place after returning from the break during the pandemic in 2020.

The event started with a modest 12 stalls in Atlantic Station in 2016 and later moved there. Centennial Olympic Park before moving to Buckhead Village last year.

Along the way, the number of stalls has grown to more than 60 German (and some international) dishes, as well as traditional decorations, toys and handicrafts, souvenirs and more. More than 50 vendors have signed up for this year’s edition, and Santa is scheduled to drop by for photos over the weekend. The event generally includes performances by cultural groups and choirs from across the Southeast.

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Dignitaries will also visit the market, which hosts the city’s German community during the winter months and helps raise funds. German-American Cultural Foundationwhich supports German language and cultural programs at the local level throughout the year.

Although the market opens on Friday, it is scheduled for a “grand opening” on Saturday, November 26, at 12:30 p.m., with a statement Melanie MoltmanGerman Consul General in Atlanta.

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The location, a converted parking lot between Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads, can be found by searching for 290 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Parking is available in the adjacent lot in Buckhead Village. Learn more at www.christkindlmarket.org or visit the Facebook page.

Christmas Currency: Vouchers from the “Santa Reserve Bank” cost $7.50 and are accepted by all merchants in the market. They can be purchased as gifts for friends and family, offering them a unique experience while helping the GAC Foundation raise funds.

Second Annual Latin American Association Market

A few weeks after launching its ongoing German market, the Latin American Association is hosting its second one-day Christmas market aimed at raising funds for the organization and benefiting Latina businesses in the metro area.

The Dec. 10 event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature handmade jewelry, traditional Latin American hats, accessories, sweets, decorations and more, all made by some of the 70 local women who participate in, create or originate from. Avanzado Juntas Empowerment Program (Together Progress). Aside from physical products, some female entrepreneurs also offer services ranging from marketing to photography and real estate.

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“The Christmas market was a big hit last year,” he said Santiago Marquez, president and CEO of LAA, in a news release. “It’s a great way for people to shop for the holidays, get unique gifts, and support local Latinas who are building promising businesses.”

The event, open to the public, is scheduled to take place at the Latin American Association Outreach Center in Atlanta 2750 Buford Highway.

Learn more and sign up as a vendor or participant here.

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