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Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza
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Chicago holiday tradition Christkindlmarket has been canceled

The German-inspired Christmas market will instead move its wares online this season.
Written by
Emma Krupp

Bad news for anyone who was still holding out hopes of sipping spiced wine from a boot mug in Daley Plaza this winter: Christkindlmarket, the annual holiday market usually hosted downtown and in Wrigleyville, has officially been canceled. In place of the the in-person event, vendors that usually participate in the German-themed Christmas market will sell their products online beginning on November 1.

The announcement, which was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, isn't surprising—large events are still banned under Phase 4 re-opening rules—but deals a blow to Chicago's holiday tourism, as the market typically draws more than one million visitors each year. While we can't see a full list of vendors or online events yet, organizers promised a virtual experience that attempts to match the holiday spirit of the in-person market. 

“This year, people from all around the nation will be able to enjoy the beloved tradition from the comfort and safety of their homes through the first-ever virtual Christkindlmarket 'Home for the Holidays,' featuring an online marketplace, family-friendly events, and fun interactive activities,” organizers wrote on the website.

Are you already dreaming of whipping up Glühwein and spiced nuts at home? Pre-ordering for the market opened today—you can take a sneak peek at some gift packages available here

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