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Market Hours
*Closed Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day
We are now closed for the season.
See you next year!
Special hours of operation on
Monday, December 21st : Noon - 9 pm
Tuesday, December 22nd : Noon - 9 pm
Christmas Eve : Noon - 3 pm
We'll see you next year!  
November 20th - December 24th, 2021

2021 Market Hours
*Closed Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving Day
Monday & Tuesday :
Wednesday & Thursday:
4 - 9 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday :
Noon - 9 pm
Special hours of operation on
November 24 : Noon - 9pm
December 20 - 23 : Noon - 9pm    
December 24 : Noon - 3pm


- The Market-


Congratulations to our

- 2021 Christkind -

Download a PDF flyer
Check back for the 2021 contest details.

Annika Harshbarger

Previous Winners
Kayla Gaerte
Christkind 2019
Kate Munson
Christkind 2018
Macy Duncan
Christkind 2017


The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is continuing the Christkind essay contest. This essay contest is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, and carry the honor of bringing a popular German tradition to Carmel, Indiana.

The Christkind is a well-known symbol of Christmas in German speaking countries. As the tradition goes, the Christkind angel delivers Christmas presents and a Christmas tree to German children on Christmas Eve, without being seen.

In Germany, the Christkind starts the Christmas season by opening the famous Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt.  The Carmel Christkindlmarkt Christkind shares Christmas cheer with guests throughout the Carmel Christkindlmarkt by welcoming visitors, giving candy and gifts, and taking photos with market-goers. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt Christkind also participates in special events and media activities throughout the year such as participating in parades.


- Female High School and College students    
- Minimum 500 word essay    
- 2-3 Pictures of yourself    
- Can commit to making at minimum 20, 2-hour appearances between Nov. 20 and Dec. 24    
- Must be willing to be present for the Grand Opening at 11:30 am on November 20th, for other special events, and for media appearances.  
- Winners of the Second Prize and Third Prize may be asked to participate at special events and media appearances.

Include a cover page with the following information:    
- Full Name    
- Mailing Address    
- Telephone Number    
- Email Address    
- Date of Birth    
- High School Attended or Attending    
- High School Graduation Year College or University Attending or Planning to Attend    
- College or University Graduation Year    
- German Linguistic and Cultural Experience

In the United States Santa Claus is widely celebrated. In Germany and other European countries it is more common to celebrate Saint Nicholas.
‍Write a 500-word essay about how Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in European countries and share any personal experience of celebrating Saint Nicholas Day.

Please submit a PDF of your cover page and essay with the subject "Christkind Contest" to kinderecke@carmelchristkindlmarkt.com by Oct. 11th.

Winners of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt Christkind essay contest will receive scholarships in the following amounts:    
First Prize - $1,000    
Second Prize - $500    
Third Prize - $250