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- 2018 Christkind -

The Christkindlmarkt Essay Contest is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in our community, and carry the honor of bringing a popular German tradition to Carmel.

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 Nuernberger Christkindlmarkt.  Our Christkind shares Christmas cheer with guests throughout the Carmel Christkindlmarkt by welcoming visitors, giving candy and gifts, and taking photos with market-goers. Our Christkind also participates in special events and media activities throughout the season.


Would you like to be our Christkind?

-Christkind Essay Contest-

German immigrants have brought many traditions with them to their new homeland in the Midwest.
Write a 500-word essay about how German immigrants influenced the culture of Indiana.
You may choose to focus on a specific individual or group having distinct German heritage.
Please submit a pdf of your cover page and essay with the subject "Christkind Contest" to kinderecke@carmelchristkindlmarkt.com by November 5th.


  • High School and College students
  • Minimum 500 word essay
  • 2-3 Pictures of yourself
  • Can commit to making 20 2-hour appearances between November 17 and December 23
  • Must be willing to be present for the Grand Opening at noon on November 17, 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


Winners of our Christkind Essay Contest will receive scholarships in the following amounts:
First Prize - $1,000
Second Prize - $500
Third Prize - $250