Best Of 2019

Best German Heritage Shopping Experience: Chriskindlmarkt

Chriskindlmarkt is just one of many annual community-minded events organized by the Germania Society of Cincinnati, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting — surprise — German heritage in our region. A recreation of an authentic Bavarian-style Christmas market, local vendors set up shop under heated tents at Germania Park, but it feels more like a festival than a shopping experience. There’s a petting zoo, lantern-lit parade, roaming carolers, booths serving up traditional German food and drink (including glühwein and the society’s famous dill pickle soup), and Santa Claus himself, along with European counterparts like the German Sankt Nikolaus, Krampus (a seasonal half-goat, half-demon of European folklore) and Christkind (a traditional giver of gifts in Germany, who is not a goat or a demon). Germania Society of Cincinnati, 3529 West Kemper Road, Colerain, germaniasociety.com.