Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas in Chicago!

Chicago Christmas Horse Drawn Carriage with Santa by Selep Imaging

Christkindlmarket Chicago ornaments Christmas Market ChristkindlmarktI love heading down to Chicago around Christmas time to see the decorations and absorb the atmosphere. For several years now our family has tried to get down to Chicago in December, stay over night and see sights. (The downtown Embassy Suites is our current favorite place to stay).

2008 was the first time my family and I went to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago. We took a taxi ride from our hotel to the market and back, and we went at night to see lots of lights. (The taxi ride was also a thrill for my children.)

Christkindlmarket Chicago vendor Christmas Market Christkindlmarkt

The
Christkindlmarket is a popular winter attraction in Chicago at the Daley Plaza - a large German market place inspired by the Christkindlmarkt
Christkindlmarket Chicago Christmas Tree at night Christkindlmarktin Germany. Many of the vendors at the Chicago market are from Germany, selling crafts, candies and food at mostly outdoor booths. Other vendors from Poland, Russia, the Holy land, South America, and Nepal (as well as a handful from the USA) make the event feel truly international.

Christkindlmarket Chicago vendor Christmas Market Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarket Christmas Market Christkindlmarkt ornamentsYou want to lean into the tiny booths crammed with ornaments and treasures to purchase - each open air booth usually has a heater, and the temperature outside was COLD. Numbing the toes cold.
Fortunately, the candy vendor was in a heated temporary building. Inside they were roasting nuts and making something with melted chocolate, and the interior smelled heavenly.

Christkindlmarket Chicago candy vendor Christmas Market

Anthony is posing outside of his favorite vendor - the one that sold candy, of course.


I have many more outdoor Christmas photos from Chicago, enough for many more blogs. But I'll leave you with one more treasure - one of the display windows from the Tiffany store on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

Tiffany Christmas Window Display 2008 Chicago Michigan Avenue

Pure magic, of a kind you can only see in a large city like Chicago, at Christmas time.


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34 comments:

Martha said...

What fun! Lovely tree and I love Santa and his carriage!

Quilt Works said...

The first photo is fantastic! You can make a Christmas post card out of it!


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Kathy said...

I have always wanted to see Chicago and now I want to go at Christmas time, that tree is stunning. pretty pictures :-). Kathy

Joyce said...

What a fun time to visit Chicago. Love the photos of the markets.
Joyce

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's truly fascinating! I had no idea that they had something like this in Chicago, and how neat that the German merchants put in an appearance! Loved seeing your photos.

Happy Outdoor Wed!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

That Christmas Carrage ride looked picture perfect! Thanks for taking us on your adventure.

Im like you-- really enjoy Chicago in December-- but with that lake chill --- brrrrrr its cold!

Hey-- I became one of your followers-- if you get a moment, stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I had no idea that Chicago had this...beautiful photos...this is a great post!!!

Light and Voices said...

I certainly enjoyed your cyber post of Christkindlmarket in Chicago. I'll need to watch for that effect and dress warm and try to go to it. I haven't ever been there for that event. Nice job!
Joyce M

Riet said...

Your photo's are lovely and that tree is beautiful. IN Germany there are lots of Christmasmarkets where many many people come . So also in my country but they are not so big as the German ones.

eileeninmd said...

Love all the Christmas lights, very pretty. Great photos.

Stine in Ontario said...

What a fun place to take in the magic of the Christmas season.

Hootin' Anni said...

Absolutely wonderful....and a post filled with such great holiday spirit!!!


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Kammy said...

Very pretty and Collllllllld ! Thanks !
Kammy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thank you for these wonderful images! Beautiful post!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

What fun, I love seeing Christmas all over blogland and how we each celebrate. This was a real treat and a great post!

storyteller said...

How FESTIVE and FUN your outdoor holiday images are! Methinks I need to get out with my camera soon to see what holiday images I can find to share ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
My Outdoor Wednesday

Mary said...

What wonderful photographs. This must have been a wonderful vacation. I loved seeing the Christmas market through your eyes.

Peppermint_patt said...

Interesting insights into your life! Must add Chicago to the list of places beautiful to visit around the holidays! PP

Robert Walker said...

Just found your blog! Great shots! I LOVE the colors

Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

I have always wanted to go to Chicago at Christmas time and it looks so nice there. Great pictures
vickie

daylily777 said...

I have never been to Chicago, This looks like great fun.Your pics are wonderful!
Blessings,
~Myrna

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh...Chicago looks beautiful decked out in it's Christmas glory! I have never been,but will need to one of these years!

Gena D said...

Oooohhh I really love this post ... such great pictures of Christmas festivity...

Teresa said...

Oh, those pictures make me what to live in a big city-
Thanks for sharing.

Its So Very Cheri said...

We used to live in Kansas City and the Country Club Plaza is gorgeous any time but they light all the buildings on the Plaza and have a huge lighting ceremony on Christmas Eve.

So pretty--thanks for linking to the party.
I will click to follow and add you to my subscriptions if you have that feature on your blog.

Cheri

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

I have always wanted to visit Chicago between Thanksgiving and Christmas so I could go to Christmas Market!! But we always end up there during the summer. Maybe next winter!

Shirley said...

Absolutely fun and beautiful!

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