The holidays are more magical than ever in Hamilton County, Indiana.  This year, explore the newest holiday attraction in Carmel, Indiana: the Carmel Christkindlmarkt.

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.

Boot Mugs

Carmel Christkindlmarkt Details

Old-world holiday charm is coming to Carmel, Indiana this holiday season. The authentic European holiday market opens Nov. 18 during the Holiday at Center Green celebration with a tree lighting and other festivities.

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 Farmer’s 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 bierkruge’s for adult beverages. Shop local and support businesses like Joe’s Butcher Shop & Fish Market selling German meats and The Quirky Feather Confectionery offering German pastries straight from a family cookbook.

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).


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.

Days and Hours of Operation

Carmel Christkindlmarkt: Saturday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Dec. 24
Wednesday and Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 1 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 9 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day

The Ice at Center Green: Saturday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, March 11
Wednesday and Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 1 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 9 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday, but available for private and corporate functions.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Open on Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Day.

Winter Activities in Carmel, Indiana

There's more to explore this holiday season in Carmel, Indiana. Here are some other things to do this winter:

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