Christkindlmarket opens for the season Friday in downtown Chicago.
The annual German holiday festival will begin selling its iconic holiday gifts and treats at 11 a.m. in Daley Plaza. It has been a holiday staple in Chicago's Loop for 19 years.
It you can't make it into the city, a location in suburban Naperville opens next Friday. The market announced it was moving its suburban location to Naperville earlier this year, a switch that will allow the festival to nearly double in size.
"This new location offers an exciting opportunity for the market, which is free and open to the public, to expand and grow," said Maren Biester Priebe, general manager of German American Events, in a recent press release.
The market will abandon its previous suburban location in Oak Brook to take advantage of nearly 15,000 square feet and space for almost twice as many vendors at Naper Settlement in Naperville.
About 40 vendors will be in attendance at this year's festival, including many who also set up shop at the Chicago location.
All the usual festival activities will be carried over to the Naperville location, including a variety of German beer and spiced wine, live performances and Christkind visits every Sunday.
The Christkindlmarket in Naperville opens its doors on Nov. 25, with special extended opening days and hours leading up to Christmas Eve. Admission is always free.
The 37-day event is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
For more information, visit christkindlmarket.com.