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DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market kicked off the holiday season in downtown Denver Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The market is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market kicked off the holiday season in downtown Denver Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The market is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market is nestled amongst Denver’s high-rise buildings Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The Christkindl Market hosted a variety of European-themed vendors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market is nestled amongst Denver’s high-rise buildings Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The Christkindl Market hosted a variety of European-themed vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market offers European cuisine for shoppers Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Shoppers are able to choose from a variety of specialty dishes to include Danish pastries, Bavarian pretzels and Glühwein.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – The 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market offers European cuisine for shoppers Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Shoppers are able to choose from a variety of specialty dishes to include Danish pastries, Bavarian pretzels and Glühwein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – A directional sign points people in the direction of drinks, ice skating, food and Nurnberg, Germany, Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market scheduled to run through Dec. 22 in Skyline Park. From ice skating to traditional German cuisine, the market offers an abundance of activities and sights for those looking for something to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – A directional sign points people in the direction of drinks, ice skating, food and Nurnberg, Germany, Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market scheduled to run through Dec. 22 in Skyline Park. From ice skating to traditional German cuisine, the market offers an abundance of activities and sights for those looking for something to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – A vendor from Germany stands at his booth selling steins Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market. The market is located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets in downtown Denver. Numerous vendors from all over the world traveled to the market to share traditions, cuisine and wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – A vendor from Germany stands at his booth selling steins Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market. The market is located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets in downtown Denver. Numerous vendors from all over the world traveled to the market to share traditions, cuisine and wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – Handmade steins are displayed at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Many traditional German trinkets can be found while shopping at the Christmas market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Handmade steins are displayed at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Many traditional German trinkets can be found while shopping at the Christmas market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Kirk Howlett, glass blower with Homegrown-Handblown, blows a glass Christmas ornament at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The Christkindl Market hosted a variety of European-themed vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Kirk Howlett, glass blower with Homegrown-Handblown, blows a glass Christmas ornament at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. The Christkindl Market hosted a variety of European-themed vendors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Blown glass ornaments are among the merchandise at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Vendors displayed a variety of homemade gifts and ornaments at the market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Blown glass ornaments are among the merchandise at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Vendors displayed a variety of homemade gifts and ornaments at the market. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson)

DENVER – Various trinkets, ornaments and decorations are available at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market, which is open through Dec. 22, offers an outdoor ice skating rink, traditional German food and drinks, and local and global artisans selling their wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – Various trinkets, ornaments and decorations are available at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market, which is open through Dec. 22, offers an outdoor ice skating rink, traditional German food and drinks, and local and global artisans selling their wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – A food vendor from Austria speaks with a potential customer at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, in Skyline Park. Vendors from around the world gathered in the park to share their cultural traditions with people in the area. The market will continue through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)
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DENVER – A food vendor from Austria speaks with a potential customer at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market Nov. 28, 2012, in Skyline Park. Vendors from around the world gathered in the park to share their cultural traditions with people in the area. The market will continue through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – Skyline Park trees and the Fisher Clock Tower are festively lit Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market is the production of the German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter. The Christkindl Market will be located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)
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DENVER – Skyline Park trees and the Fisher Clock Tower are festively lit Nov. 28, 2012, at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market is the production of the German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter. The Christkindl Market will be located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – People attending the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market ice skate Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Ice skating is among many offerings of the market, as well as vendors of traditional German cuisine, local and global artisans selling their wares, and holiday carols filling the air. The market will remain open through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)
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DENVER – People attending the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market ice skate Nov. 28, 2012, at Skyline Park. Ice skating is among many attractions of the market, as well as vendors of traditional German cuisine, local and global artisans selling their wares, and holiday carols filling the air. The market will remain open through Dec. 22. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER – Various trinkets, ornaments and decorations are available at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market, which is open through Dec. 22, offers an outdoor ice skating rink, traditional German food and drinks, and local and global artisans selling their wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)
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DENVER – Various trinkets, ornaments and decorations are available at the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market in Skyline Park. The market, which is open through Dec. 22, offers an outdoor ice skating rink, traditional German food and drinks, and local and global artisans selling their wares. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar)

DENVER -- Holiday cheer is easy to locate in Skyline Park as the entire area is filled with holiday lights, vendors and an ice skating rink for the 12th annual Denver Christkindl Market scheduled to run through Dec. 22.

"The Denver Christkindl Market is a great event for kids of all ages from toddlers to 100 years old. The German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chapter is proud to again host this great event and to help keep the rich German traditions alive in Denver," according to Jesse Young, German American COC president.

Vendors from all over the world, as well as the local area, fill wooden booths creating and selling their wares. A large tent houses tables and benches for people partaking in the traditional food and drink, or for those looking for a warm place to sit and listen to carols.

As the sun sets, the holiday lights become increasingly visible and give the area a real sense of holiday cheer. The German accents of vendors and locals add to the traditional festivity, just as one might find if they traveled to Germany for a Christmas market.

Across the street from the vendors sits an ice skating rink for people to test their heels on the ice. While it's free to enter the Christkindl Market, the cost to rent skates is $2.

Entertainment is planned throughout the duration of the market, officialy closing at 9 p.m. Dec. 22. For information on what groups or people are performing and when, visit http://www.denverchristkindlmarket.com/en/event-info/entertainment/.

The market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is located on the corners of 16th and Arapahoe Streets. People using a GPS to find the market can input "1601 Arapahoe Street."

Information from the market's website, http://www.denverchristkindlmarket.com/, was used in this article.
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