Colerain's Germania Society Hosts Annual Christkindlmarkt German-Style Christmas Market

Glühwein and Krampus and cabbage rolls, oh my!

click to enlarge The Christkindlmarkt returns for 2021. - Photo: Germania Society
Photo: Germania Society
The Christkindlmarkt returns for 2021.

A bit of Bavaria is coming to Colerain this weekend when the Germania Society hosts its annual Christkindlmarkt Christmas market. 

The self-described "oldest and most authentic German Christmas market" in the region — it started in 1998 — is modeled after European holiday markets, with cups of glühwein (aka hot, mulled wine) and plenty of vendors set up in tents and booths. 

Imported goods ranging from German bier steins and cuckoo clocks to nutcrackers and rotating pyramid candle holders will be for sale, interspersed with arts and crafts from local makers. 

If you get hungry, there will be cabbage rolls, mock turtle soups and some "sinful pastries and candies," says the Germania Society.

Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, St. Nikolaus or the Christkind (a baby Jesus-type character with wings) — or avoid the evil Krampus. There will also be a lantern parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Krampus (from local group Krampuslauf Zinzinnati) will only be at the market from 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but other characters will be there all weekend.

Read CityBeat's interview with Krampuslauf Zinzinnati for what to expect of the mythical furry, horned goat-demon.

The Germania Society's Christkindlmarkt takes place 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Admission is $5 and free for those 12 and under or for retired/active military. 

3529 W. Kemper Road, Colerain. More details and a full schedule are available at

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