Christkindl Market in Denver 2016

One of my favorite places at Christmas is Denver’s German Christmas market.

Christkindl Market in Denver

Christkindl Market in Denver

This is the 16th annual Christkindl Market and it is right downtown, on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall.   Gifts are available from Old German Christmas booth.

So much to see

So much to see

I, Zeb the Duck, love to see these things.   If you are cold, visit Serenity.

No reason to be cold today

No reason to be cold today

The lady working there was trying to find a hat for me.   None in my size, but I was not cold.   These warm items from baby alpaca wool are so soft.

Soft, warm alpaca wool

Soft, warm alpaca wool

The friendly lady said they are from Peru and Ecuador.   This is an international market, not just German.   Cinnamon Roasted Nuts smell so good.

Smells good. Tastes great

Smells good. Tastes great

And they taste even better!  Don’t these Danish style European pastries look tempting?

Tempting

Tempting

Yum!  There are several food booths and I wanted to try them all.   But the humans said, “not everything, Zeb.”   Look at these.

Beautiful paper stars

Beautiful paper stars

Paper stars are wonderful.  Christmas ornaments from this stand are beautiful.

Beautiful

Beautiful

The nesting dolls, or Matryoshka nesting dolls, from Russia and the Ukraine are wonderful.

Matryoshka nesting dolls

Matryoshka nesting dolls

We could buy an entire village here.

Add to your Christmas village

Add to your Christmas village

Stop here and you will be ready for Christmas.

Ready for Christmas

Ready for Christmas

Isn’t this nice.

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art has a great display.   If you get cold or want to sit for awhile, head here to the Beer Garden.

Let's go inside

Let’s go inside

We were there about 2:30 in the afternoon so the musicians had not arrived yet.   This tent is heated, large, and has many refreshment choices.

Plenty of room inside

Plenty of room inside

Christkindl Market is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. most days.   They are open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.   After visiting the Christmas Market, go across 16th street to visit Southwest Airlines skating rink.

Free ice skating

Free ice skating

Skating is free, if you have  your own ice skates.   No skates?  No problem.   You can rent skates for $2.00.   Some of the skaters know how to skate and some are getting a little help.

Ice skating in downtown Denver

Ice skating in downtown Denver

But everybody is having fun.   This is so great to ice skate in downtown Denver.   We hope you visit the Christkindl Market and then enjoy a little ice skating.   The market is open through December 23, so you still have time to experience more Christmas activities in Denver.

Denver’s Christkindl Market with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

On a sunny Sunday, Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck wandered through Denver’s German Christmas Market.   Walking down Denver’s Sixteenth Street Pedestrian Mall, heading toward Skyline Park, we stopped to read the blue cow by Douglas Rouse.

Denver's Blue Cow

Denver’s Blue Cow

We love the blue cow with some facts unique to Denver.   Denver has the nation’s largest city park system with more than 200 parks within city limits.   And we love the 300 days of sunshine each year to enjoy them.   Our airport, Denver International, is the nation’s largest at 53 square miles.   Did you know that the Denver Mint is the largest producer of coins in the world?   And the thirteenth step of Colorado’s State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.   We are the Mile High City.   Let’s enter Denver’s Christkindl.

Entrance to Denver's Christkindl Market

Entrance to Denver’s Christkindl Market

There are so many venders with German or European themed items and food.   We, Zeb and Soapy, want Soapy’s dog, Steve, to help us decorate this Christmas tree.

Let's decorate this tree

Let’s decorate this tree

Remember our Soapy Smith Duck is quite the rascal, so Zeb and Steve will watch him so he does not take ornaments off the tree and give them to strangers.   We love the top picture of a pier going over the water.

We like this art

We like this art

This booth had great art for sale.   We were so tempted and had to try the potato pancakes, with applesauce.

Wonderful potato pancakes

Wonderful potato pancakes

We really like them.   Hand carved wooden decorations were a big hit.

Wood carvings at Bethlehem Nativity

Wood carvings at Bethlehem Nativity

Aren’t they nice?   The potato pancakes were good, but we could still eat more.   Then we saw the Styria Bakery.

Stryka Bakery. Can't pass up a good bakery

Stryka Bakery.   Can’t pass up a good bakery

This huge pretzel with cinnamon and sugar was just what we wanted.

Cinnamon Pretzel

Cinnamon Pretzel

Delicious!   Here we are near the warming tent, which also happens to be the beer garden.

Entrance to warming tent and beer garden

Entrance to warming tent and beer garden

By the entrance we saw and recognized this statue.

The Musicians of Bremer

The Town Musicians of Bremen

The Town Musicians of Bremen.

The musicians created by the Brothers Grimm

The musicians created by the Brothers Grimm

Inside the tent, people were enjoying the German beer.

Beer available here

Beer available here

We spend a little more than one hour here, but it is great.   The Christkindl Market will be opened every day at 11:00 a.m.    It will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving.   It usually closes at 7:00 p.m., but stays open until 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.   The market will be in Denver through December 23.   We hope you will visit here on one of our many sunny days.   We might even return again.    This is a great place to purchase gifts, for others and for yourself.