Carmel Christkindlmarkt & The Ice at Carter Green
Since its grand opening in 2017, the Carmel Christkindlmarkt has continued to grow. Now, featuring more than 60 unique food, drink and gift vendors, the Market attracts visitors from all over the world and was voted again as USA Today’s No.1 Best Holiday Market in North America in 2022.
Guests can shop for authentic German-made or inspired holiday gifts, snack on giant Bavarian pretzels or kartoffelpuffer (traditional German potato pancakes) and adults will stay warm sipping the signature, spiced mulled wine called Ghlüwein at the first “Ghlüwein Tower” in America, which stands three stories high in the center of the Market. Younger guests will love the Kinderecke for crafts, music and festive activities for kids. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is open November 18 through December 24. For more details visit CarmelChristkindlmarkt.com.
The Ice at Carter Green is a large, authentic ice-skating rink that is built into the middle of the Market for the holiday and winter season and can hold up to 250 skaters at a time.
This is the place to be for skaters of all ages and talents. Glide around the rink under the stars
or day skate with friends after shopping at the market. Be sure to visit TheIceAtCarterGreen. com for rink schedules, rental information, events and programming, including sensory- friendly skate days especially designed for families and children with special needs.
After the Christkindlmarkt ends, the Ice at Carter Green season continues through the end of February. Winter-time activities include special events such as the Festival of Ice featuring professional ice carving competitions and the Carmel Winter Games with friendly team competition on The Ice.
Make Memories & Traditions
Beyond the magic of the Christkindlmarkt and the ice rink, Carmel’s entertainment districts are beautifully decorated including the Magnificent Monon Greenway from Carter Green to Main Street. Stop and take photos in one of several lighted archways on the walkable, bikeable trail as you make your way through the city’s central districts. Be sure to hop on and off the trail to grab food and drinks at the many restaurants in Carmel City Center, Midtown and the Carmel Arts & Design District.
If you’re interested in parking once and shopping in other areas of Carmel, the Holiday Trolley runs Fridays and Saturdays starting November 24 until December 23. Allied Solutions is the city’s partner in these and many other holiday activities. To learn more, visit HolidaysInCarmel.com. We can’t wait to see you!