Christkindlmarkt is a traditional holiday event in Cullman, Alabama. It is a beautiful mix of Christmas spirit, German culture, and Southern hospitality. They made the fair last longer, with five weeks of holiday fun, in 2023, it’s only the third year. Let’s look at all the fun things that will happen at the party and the food that will be served.
The holiday season starts the day after Thanksgiving, when the 40-foot-tall Christmas Pyramid, which is the biggest in North America, is lit up. In German, these shapes are called Weihnachtspyramide. In the past, German families would hang much smaller versions inside. On each level, there are carved figures that reflect important holiday stories and themes about the community. Cullman’s tower has a nativity scene, angels on earth, a Santa with snowmen, nutcrackers, people from the neighborhood, and angels in heaven.
The pyramid is next to the Cullman County Museum, which is in a copy of the home of Col. John G. Cullmann, who founded the town and gave it its name. In 1866, Cullmann moved from Germany to the United States with the goal of starting a new town. In the end, he got the first five people to move to the area that is now Cullman in 1873. He brought more than 100,000 people to the South by 1895.
The official start of Christkindlmarkt is when the tower is lit up. There are fifty sellers in cute holiday huts at the German Christmas market. They sell handmade goods, gourmet foods, and other gifts. The market is open every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The huts are in Depot Park, which has been rebuilt, next to the Festhalle Marketplatz in downtown Cullman.
Bring your stomach, because there is a lot of different German food to eat. Bratwurst with mustard and mulled wine is a great meal. For a sweet treat, try candied almonds, stollen sweet bread, or lebkuchen, which are soft gingerbread cookies made like hearts. The real Liège waffles are a fair favorite because they are tasty and easy to eat on the street. They are made of brioche bread that has pearl sugar mixed in. The sugar turns into caramel when it’s baked, which makes it taste like “syrup” without the mess.
There will be a lot of fun guest figures at Christkindlmarkt to make people happy. Buddy the Elf, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, and the beautiful Christkind will be among them. Christkind is like Santa Claus and is thought to bring gifts to kids in German-speaking countries during the holiday season. He or she was created during the Reformation.