Nov. 20 - Dec. 24, 2021
The holidays are more magical than ever in Hamilton County, Indiana. Old-world holiday charm is coming to Carmel, Indiana, at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt (pronounced Chris-t-Kindle-Mark-t) in 2021.
Beneath twinkling lights, browse more than 50 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 Bierkrüge for adult beverages.
While you’re shopping, sip a hot mug of Glühwein (mulled wine) or hot cocoa. Come hungry to enjoy a German pretzel, Bratwurst, Lebkuchen (German cookie), Raclette (melted cheese served on bread) and Stollen (dried fruit bread).
Carmel Christkindlmarkt was named the Best Holiday Market in America by USA Today in 2021 and 2019.
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.
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 childrens’ punch. Purchase a collector’s mugs to take home with you.
The Ice at Carter Green
Inside the perimeter of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt is an outdoor ice skating rink, the Ice at Carter Green. Bring your own skates or rent on-site and glide through a winter wonderland. The ice rink will be open through Feb. 27, 2022 to enjoy all winter long. Reservations can be made online. Skate sessions last 75 to 90 minutes.
Two Sensory Skate dates are scheduled for Jan. 25 and Feb. 22 from 5–7 p.m.
2021 Days and Hours of Operation
Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, 2021
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday and Thursday: 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.
*Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Special Holiday Hours
Wednesday, Nov. 24: 12 – 9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 20: 12 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 21: 12 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 22: 12 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 23: 12 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 24: 12 – 3 p.m.
The Ice at Carter Green
Nov. 20 – Feb. 27, 2022
Nov. 20 – 30 / Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 9 p.m. / Closed Monday and Tuesday for private rentals.
Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Dec. 1 – 19 / Wednesday - Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m. / Friday - Sunday, 12 – 9 p.m. / Closed Monday and Tuesday for private rentals.
Dec. 20 – 31 / Sunday and Saturday, 12 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 24 / 3 – 9 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day.
Jan. 1 – Feb. 27 / Thursday and Friday, 4 – 9 p.m. / Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 9 p.m. / Closed Monday - Wednesday for private rentals.
Closed Jan. 3 – 6 with special hours on Jan. 7.
Things to Do Nearby
Make it a day exploring Carmel, Indiana. Start in the Carmel Arts & Design District, browsing local shops and galleries for holiday gifts. Grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants on Main Street or in Midtown Plaza like The Pint Room, Bazbeaux Pizza or Sun King Spirits. Continue the day with more shopping and dining at Carmel City Center, including the Cake Bake Shop. Finish the evening with a holiday show at The Center for the Performing Arts.
Free parking is available surrounding the Christkindlmarkt, including surface lots and covered garages. Guests can access Veteran’s Way Parking Garage on Rangeline Road just south of Carmel City Center or the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater Garage on 3rd Avenue SW.
More Holiday Events
Make it a weekend getaway and experience the holiday season in Hamilton County. Don't miss other popular holiday events like A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie, Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center and Reindeer Ride on the Nickel Plate Express. Check out our full holiday guide for more ideas and hotel deals.