Pittsburgh’s Christkindlmarket-a photo essay

Pittsburgh’s Christkindlmarket (Christmas Market) is in its second year and I have to say I definitely think it’s improved significantly when compared to its inaugural debut. Many of the booths sell stunning wares and I myself have gotten an advent calendar from Germany (the front features a vintage illustration of a German town) and a darling ornament of a teddy bear dressed in traditional lederhosen with a stein in hand. I’d love to buy so many things but then there comes the point where you have to ask yourself, “Do I really need another ornament for the tree or another article to sit around collecting dust?” The answer to both is of course no, and yet that doesn’t mean your consumeristic heart that is besotted with goods from other countries, especially holiday themed ones, wouldn’t like to indulge and say yes. And while you can’t go wrong with the strudel booth nor the one that sells Greek pastries, I still wish there were more food options. I’m somewhat surprised there aren’t since where there is food, people generally will spend (i.e. food at airports and sporting events).  There is also a place to visit with Santa and a booth selling Christmas trees and other greens.

All in all, the Christkindlmarket is a great addition to Pittsburgh’s holiday scene since not every American city does have one making it even more unique.

When & Where?
The market is open daily from 10 AM and will be operating through December 23. It’s located in Market Square.

Possibly my favorite booth of all-jewelry made from foreign coins

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    Jo Ann M.
    December 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Wow I love this market! I won’t be able to visit this year, but I will definitely put it on my list. I love to buy at least one new ornament each year. Sometimes it is to replace those that have broken, but mostly to bring something fresh to my decorations. I see some in these photos I would love to have! Also, who could pass up those strudles?!

    Hoping to visit the Westside Market in the next couple weeks, but I doubt it will rival this.

    I always get a real tree because I love the fragrance of pine and it always looks different every year even though the decorations are the same. The position of the branches force you to redesign their placement every year.

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      Julie Tulba
      December 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      I read that there is almost double the booths this year than there was last year so it definitely seems to be a hit! And I think it’s also the only one in the area (Philly and Chicago are obviously a lot further). I also started this year to buy an ornament in each of the places I visited. It definitely makes them all the more special when decorating the tree year after year.

      Real trees are the best. We still have a big artificial one (stemming from apartment living when real trees were not allowed) but we’re thinking next year about getting a live one. I agree that they smell simply divine!

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