Let’s be honest. We’ve all probably spent more time shopping in our pajamas and on our phones this last week than we want to admit. But black- and cyber-days are over and it’s time to turn over a holiday leaf! Shop local and celebrate the season at one of Salt Lake’s, and Yalecrest’s, favorite holiday experiences. The magic of Salt Lake’s Christkindlmarkt is sure to add festivity and joy to your Christmas season.
Celebrate Christmas Past and Present
Inspired by world-famous German Christmas markets, Salt Lake’s Christkindlmarkt offers a delightful european-inspired holiday experience for the entire family. Jolly red- and white striped tents line the park’s historic main street. The smells of German waffles, candied nuts and fresh-popped corn waft between booths and are near impossible to resist. St. Nickolaus parades around the park along with the formidable Krampus. Families can wander through the petting zoo, gnome garden or up to the live nativity. Costumed pioneer-era carolers roam the streets sharing holiday tunes and live performers take to the main stage every hour.
The highlight of the Christkindlmarkt experience is the carefully-selected local businesses and food vendors. Discover high-quality holiday goods imported from Europe alongside hand-crafted items from local artisans. It is a delight to chat with skilled craftsmen and women about their ingredients, materials and processes. Here are a few of our favorite booths to visit. Please share your favorites in the comment section below!
Seiffen Haus—Fawn over exquisite handmade German imports and Christmas decor.
Classic Advents—Handcrafted box-drawer advents. Owner Tim Pryor has all kinds of good ideas for what to put in these boxes from presents to puzzle pieces.
Fount Paper—Salt Lake neighborhood-themed towels, shirts and bags.
Ashlee’s Sweet Creations— Gorgeous handcrafted and hand-painted Belgian chocolates made from local, organic ingredients.
Clayton Vance Art— Schwibbogens and other wood decor designed by Heber, Utah architect.
Fell—Graphic designer husband-wife team get creative with minimalist animals,Utah landscapes, and national parks. Grab a few stickers and pins, or splurge on one of their hand-pressed prints. Great stocking stuffers for teens and outdoor adventurers!
Paper & Felt—Whimsical felt garlands, buntings and more.
Christkindlmarkt serves up nothing but deliciousness. Try Brat Haus, Bruges, Das Cafe, Got Stroop, Heidelberg Hot Chocolate, Ornamas Waffelhaus, Rimmels, Spatzel and More, Waffel Am Stiel, Raclette Machine, Omamas Waffelhaus and more…it’s all delicious!
What to Know Before You Go
Evenings and weekends at the Christkindlmarkt are crowded. Go earlier in the week or during daytime hours, especially if you are toting young children. Main street gets especially crowded during the weekend evenings—although the hustle and bustle lends a certain Christmas excitement to it all.