After a pandemic hiatus in 2020, Atlanta’s German Christmas market is back this year, relaunching on Black Friday (Nov. 26) at the third location since the tradition was brought to the city five years ago.
Though held completely outdoors, the Atlanta Christkindl Market was postponed last year, its quaint wooden booths with striped red and white roofs kept in storage throughout the winter as COVID-19 continued to ravage the country.
The event was last held in 2019 in Centennial Olympic Park, where it had moved after outgrowing Atlantic Station. After the 2020 cancellation, the organizers at the German-American Cultural Foundation began looking for a new space yet again after being unable to reach an agreement for 2022 with the Georgia World Congress Center, which operates the park.
This year’s market has found a new home at Buckhead Village, an upscale shopping district managed by Jamestown, the Atlanta- and Cologne, Germany-based real estate firm responsible transformative developments around Atlanta and the U.S., including Ponce City Market.
“The exclusive shopping district and the great atmosphere in Buckhead Village fit very well into our concept. This comes very close to the general conditions in Germany, where markets often take place in pedestrian zones in the city center,” said Josip Tomasevic, chief procurement officer at AGCO Corp. and this year’s foundation chair. “The smell of mulled wine, bratwurst and Christmas cookies is incomparable. And we look forward to sharing this feeling of togetherness and joy with the people of Atlanta.”
At the outset, the foundation envisioned the market as not only a cultural asset for locals and visitors alike, but also as a potential fundraiser that would further its cause of German-American cultural and language exchange. It made progress toward…