FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Germania Society Begins Holiday Season
with Annual Christkindlmarkt
Cincinnati’s Oldest and Most Authentic German Christmas Market
happens Nov 20-22 at Germania Park
CINCINNATI, OH – November 13, 2015: Members of the Germania Society are busy decking the halls, preparing the delicious German food and Gluhwein and St. Nicholas and Santa are checking their lists! The Germania Society kicks off Cincinnati’s Holiday Season at its 18th annual Christkindlmarkt, beginning on Friday, November 20 at 5 pm. The market continues through the weekend, Saturday, November 21 beginning at 11 am and Sunday, November 22 beginning at noon.
NAME: Christkindlmarkt Oktoberfest 2015 (event pages)
PRESENTED BY: Germania Society of Cincinnati (Germania website)
DATE: Friday-Sunday, Nov 20-22, 2015 (Facebook event)
The 18th Annual Germania Christkindlmarkt: The oldest and most authentic German Christmas Market in the Cincinnati region — all under enclosed, heated tents!
ADMISSION: $3, kids 14 and under free.
Free admission all weekend for active/retired military personnel with current military ID.
November 20, Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm
November 21, Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm
November 22, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
LOCATION: Germania Park
ADDRESS: 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45251 (Google map)
PARKING: FREE Parking available at Germania Park. Also, shuttle buses will be available Saturday evening from the satellite parking location at: Pleasant Run Middle School, 11700 Pippin Road (Google map)
Germania’s Christkindlmarkt resembles the old-world Christmas markets that are held all over Germany during the holiday season. Christkindlmarkts (Christmas markets) have been held in German speaking countries of Europe since the late middle ages. These markets are usually held in the town square and food, drink and seasonal items are sold from open-air stalls. Traditional singing and dancing are also a part of this event.
Many German and seasonal items are available for purchase from the booths at Christkindlmarkt. Specialties such as imported Christmas candies and pastries, glass blown ornaments, toys, steins, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and linens can be found in the covered, enclosed, heated pavilion. Additional heated tents offer items for sale from local crafters, an array of delicious food and drinks and a variety of local entertainment. If shopping is not your thing, the weekend’s sports events will be on the big screen in the klubhaus and near the pavilion bar. Guests can also try their luck with the many raffles that are available – two 55” flat screen TVs, a Servatii gingerbread house and two homemade afghans.
The highlight of the weekend will be the children’s lantern parade on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. The parade will be led by Sankt Martin and the 2015 Germania Maifest Queen. Additional entertainment for all ages will take place during the weekend, including The Frisch Marionettes, The Dancing Grandmas on Tap, Polished Brass (a brass choir), Queen City Sisters (a 1940’s women’s trio), a variety of high school and children’s musical groups, The Kolping Sangerchor and much more. Germania’s Christkindlmarkt also offers visits from Saint Nicholas and Santa, free carriage rides and a petting zoo.
Homemade Glühwein (hot mulled wine), which is the traditional drink served at the German Christkindlmarkts will be served, along with German and domestic wine and schnapps. Assorted German and domestic beers will be on tap. Homemade German food including schnitzel, assorted soups, pulled pork, pastries, Germania’s famous sauerkraut balls, pretzels, limburger cheese sandwiches and much more can be enjoyed at the fest. The Klubhaus will be serving smoked pork chop and sauerbraten dinners, along with goulash soup.
The Germania Society is committed to maintaining German Heritage throughout Greater Cincinnati. It accomplishes this through various events throughout the year. The main cultural events include the Germania Maifest, the Germania Oktoberfest, two Germania Volksmarches (Spring and Fall), the Germania Christkindlmarkt and the Germania Karneval program which sponsors several dances per year. In addition, we hold entertainment and cultural events throughout the year; including dances, parties and trips out of town.
Entrance fee is $3 per person, children 14 and under are free. All active and retired military personnel will receive free admission all weekend with current military ID. Free parking is at Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45251. Shuttle buses will be available Saturday evening from Pleasant Run Middle School, 11700 Pippin Road.
This is the official 2015 Germania Christkindlmarkt logo. Click for a larger version.
Other versions of the logo (including vector), and authorized photos are available at the
Christkindlmarkt Press Room.
About the Germania Society of Cincinnati
The Germania Society is committed to maintaining German Heritage throughout Greater Cincinnati. It accomplishes this through various events throughout the year. The main cultural events include the Germania Maifest, the Germania Oktoberfest, two Germania Volksmarches (Spring and Fall), the Germania Christkindlmarkt and the Germania Karneval program which sponsors several dances per year. In addition, Germania holds entertainment and cultural events throughout the year; including dances, parties and trips out of town.
For more information about the Germania Society and the Germania Christkindlmarkt, contact the Germania Society at 513-742-0060 or visit our newly designed website: germaniasociety.com.