Celebrating Christmas Season in California the German Way
If you are looking for places where you can get into the spirit of Christmas season the German way, with Advent Sundays, Christmas Markets, a Christmas Eve Mass and more, please check back often to see our compilation of events in Northern and Southern California below. We are continuously adding events as we hear of them.
See below: 1- Advent Concerts/German Christmas Services; 2- German Christmas Markets
Advents Konzerte und WeihnachtsGottesdienste – German Church Service
German Christmas Carol Service – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church bietet einen deutschsprachigen Weihnachtsgottesdienst an, der am 16. Dezember 2018 um 15.00 Uhr stattfinden wird.
Alle sind herzlich eingeladen. Die Gottesdienstordnung besteht hauptsächlich aus Lesungen und Liedern, die die Weihnachtsgeschichte erzählen. ( St. Luke’s Webseite)
Die Kirche hat Platz für ungefähr 350 Personen. Nach dem Gottesdienst gibt es, wie üblich, kleine Erfrischungen. Einen Fahrplan zur Kirche findet man unter diesem Link.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, California 91942 – Telephone (619) 463-6633
Dec 16th – Christ United Presbyterian Church – San Diego (SoCal)
German Christmas Concert with Christmas Story Play on Sunday, December 16th at 3:00pm. Featuring Albert Einstein Academy Kinderchor. Service in German by Pastor Karin Boye
Where: Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego 3025 Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92102
German Language Christmas Service on Sunday, December 23rd, 3-4 pm
On December 24th from 4.30-5.30pm Christmas Eve Family service and at 7pm Traditional Service;
First German Speaking United Methodist Church/Christuskirche, 556 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202
Dec 24th – St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco (NorCal) +
On December 24th, 2017 there will be a German Candlelight Service, 6-7pm
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
3281 16th St.
(The church is located at the corner of Dolores, limited parking available in lot next to church)
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve German Language Service at St. John’s Lutheran in Orange (SoCal)
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange invites to a German language Christmas Eve service at 3:00pm (sanctuary). You can also watch their live stream at that time.
German Language Service – Sermon in English. The Sanctuary is on the corner of Center and Almond facing Center St.
Check out their website for other Christmas and Advent Events in English.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
154 South Shaffer Street
Orange, CA 92866-1609
MAIN NUMBER: 714-288-4400
2pm -3pm German Christmas Service
Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1550 Meridian Ave
San Jose, California 95125 – Telephone (619) 463-6633
Dec. 24 – German Christmas Eve Service in San Diego at First Lutheran Church (SoCal)
The German Christmas Eve service starts at 4pm. Check with the church for more details on Christmas Caroling before the Service.
First Lutheran Church
1420 3rd Ave
San Diego, California
German Christmas Markets & Parties
Christkindlmarkt – Christmas Bazaar at the PHOENIX Club, Nov 25th ! (SoCal)
TIME & ADMISSION: 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM | Admission FREE | in the Pavillion
Address: 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, California 92806
German Holiday Market at Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego, Dec 3rd. (SoCal)
Albert Einstein Academies has a German Holiday Market on December 1st from 4pm-8pm. Enjoy great food and performances and buy some homemade goods at this PTA event.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: Albert Einstein Academies- Middle School Campus – 458 26th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Kinder Weihnachtsfeier – Children’s Christmas Party, PHOENIX CLUB – Dec 2nd (SoCal)
TIME & ADMISSION: 1pm-4pm PM | Free Admission
Address: 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, California 92806
Alto International School invites to:
Winterfest 2018 – Saturday, December 8, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This event is great fun for the whole family! An afternoon filled with holiday spirit: Student performances, crafts fair, yummy food and lots of good company!
Alto International School – 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park, California 94025
Sacramento Turn Verein Christkindlmarkt
Annual Christkindlmarkt at the Sacramento Turn Verein in Sacramento. December 1st & 2nd, 11am-5pm
18th Annual Christkindlmarkt. Benefiting multiple charities in the Sacramento area. Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments, Cookies and Cakes for sale, Nürnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein, Authentic Saint Nick.
In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:
- A varity of booths featuring local vendors
– Lebkuchen and Magenbrot, traditional German baked Christmas treats
-Glühwein, also known as mulled wine
-Daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind
Cost: Free with a coat donation; otherwise, $3.
Address: Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
LUDWIG’s Christkindl Market
Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nürnberg, Germany, Ludwig’s German Table in San Jose will host a Christmas Market on December 2nd, 12pm-6pm. A family event, there will be arts & crafts, Glühwein, Bratwurst vom Grill, homemade Cakes and Stollen. Germania Verein will be singing Christmas Carols.
Address: Ludwig’s German Table, 261 N 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95112
GISSV Holiday Market
The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) brings a European tradition to the Mountain View City Hall Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View on Saturday, December 8, from 11 am to 9 pm.
Come experience holiday cheer for the entire family: Glühwein (mulled wine), Kinderpunsch (warm cider), pretzels, Lebkuchen, Stollen, handcrafted gifts, live entertainment, train, petting zoo and more!
Oakland Nature Club’s Christmas Dance
Please join Oakland Nature Club for Christmas Dance on December 2, 1pm-5pm. Live music and a Schuhplattler Dance Group will perform
Tracht (e.g. lederhosen, dirndls) not required but always encouraged.
Address: Oakland Nature Friends – 3115 Butters Dr, Oakland, California 94602
Christmas Nikolaus Day at Alpine Village in Torrance
Dec. 9th Saint Nikolaus is coming to Alpine Village. Traditional German Christmas fare and festive music and more.
Address: 833 W Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90502