MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks and President Peter Feigin announced on Monday, July 16 the first event to take place on the plaza outside of the new Bucks' arena. A Christkindlmarket is set to come to the plaza from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.
A Christkindlmarket is a festive, authentic German holiday market. The plaza will be transformed into a picturesque holiday village -- and visitors can try European and German delicacies.
"This is our first time out of Chicagoland, so it's only appropriate we bring it to the most German major city in America," said Mark Tomkins of the German American Chamber of Commerce.
The picturesque German market, modeled after the holiday market in Nuremberg, Germany, will bring holiday vendors from around the world and in southeast Wisconsin to Milwaukee.
"We'll have about 30 vendors, with walk-in cabins, booths, festival tents. This is going to be the place to be every day throughout the holiday season," Tomkins said.
The Christkindlmarket is also expected to bring with it a boom for business. In 2017, the market in Chicago generated $170 million in economic impact for the area.
"That means that people coming into the Christkindlmarket, they stay. They go out to shopping. They go out to restaurants. They spend the night in a hotel," Tomkins said.
Will a certain Milwaukee Bucks' celebrity be making an appearance at the Christkindlmarket?
"I will guarantee you there will be a Bango Santa. A baby New Year. A Bango Thanksgiving. Bango is much on the holidays," said Feigin.
- Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 23), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31): 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Christmas Day (Dec. 25): Closed
Admission to the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee is free. For more information on Christkindlmarket Milwaukee, CLICK HERE. Detailed information about vendors, events and activities will be added as they are finalized.
Meanwhile, the grand opening for the new Bucks' arena is set for Sunday, Aug. 26. According to a recent news release, the event will include an official grand opening, public tours of Milwaukee’s newest arena and the 4th Annual Bucks Block Party presented by Klement’s Sausage.