The holidays are more magical than ever in Hamilton County, Indiana. Old-world holiday charm is coming to Carmel, Indiana at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, opening Nov. 17.

What is a Christkindlmarkt?

Christkindlmarkts are holiday markets traditionally found in Europe, dating back to the Middle Ages in Saxony, Germany. The markets are a winter tradition with holiday food, drink, gifts and decorations. Here you’ll find hand-crafted wooden toys, artwork and more.



Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Find the Carmel Christkindlmarkt at Center Green, between the Palladium concert hall and the Tarkington theater. Locals know this as the location of the Carmel Farmers Market in the summer.

Beneath twinkling lights, browse more than 30 wooden huts selling authentic products imported from Germany, like wooden toys, nutcrackers, music boxes, ornaments and more. Don’t miss the collectible items like the boot mug and bierkruges for adult beverages.

While you’re shopping, sip a hot mug of gluhwein (mulled wine) or hot cocoa. Come hungry to enjoy a hand-rolled German pretzel, bratwurst, lebkuchen (German cookie), raclette (melted cheese served on bread) and stollen (dried fruit bread).

Gluhwein Pyramid

2018 includes a new layout, more vendors and a German gluhwein pyramid, presented by Steinbach. This traditional decoration is the only one like it in the United States, standing more than 33 feet tall with more than 3,000 lights and weighing 10 tons. Enjoy more than 10 varieties of warm beverages, ranging from mulled wine to beer and children's’ punch. Purchase one of two collector’s mugs to take home with you.

Gluhwein Pyramid

The Ice at Center Green

Inside the perimeter of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt is an outdoor ice skating rink, the Ice at Center Green. Bring your own skates or rent on-site and glide through a winter wonderland. The ice rink will be open past the holiday season to enjoy all winter long. Beginning in 2018, reservations must be made online. Skate sessions last 75 to 90 minutes.

2018 Days and Hours of Operation

Carmel Christkindlmarkt: Nov. 17 – Dec. 23, 2018
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday and Thursday: 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day

The Ice at Center Green: Nov. 17 – March 10, 2019
Dates and times vary
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

For more events and things to do this winter in Hamilton County, Indiana visit our events calendar or check out our holiday page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.