2017 German Christmas in CA


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-German Christmas Markets; 2-Advent Concerts/German Christmas Services

German Christmas Markets & Parties


Christkindlmarkt – Christmas Bazaar at the PHOENIX Club, Nov 26th ! (SoCal)

Enjoy Christmas shopping, enjoy some lunch, or just spend the time with friends and a glass of Glühwein at the Phoenix Club Christkindlmarkt. In the tradition of the famous holiday markets of Germany, a wide variety of products and German holiday specialties are on sale. Jewelry, Crystal, German Imports, Baked goods,  Arts and crafts, Music Imports and much much more. This year the Christkindlmarkt will be located in the Grand Ballroom. The Bierstube and Loreley restaurant will also be open.

TIME & ADMISSION: 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM | Admission FREE | in the Ballroom

Address: 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, California 92806


Gingerbread Decorating Contest at GermanSchoolCampus, Newport Beach (SoCal)

Everyones is welcome to the Gingerbread House decorating contest on December 2ndfrom 3pm-5pm. This is a joint event with Ute’s Kinder Schule happening at German School Campus in Newport Beach.  Students compete within their age groups K-12 and win prizes for the best decorated Ginger Bread House. Every year this event proofs to be a lot of fun. So if you’d like to participate contact the school immediately to have your spot reserved!  The cost is $25 per person to cover material expenses.

Address: SeaBase, 1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663


German Holiday Market at Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego, Dec 3rd. (SoCal)

Albert Einstein Academies has a German Holiday Market on December 3th from 11am-3pm.  Please join our 1400 AEA students and their families again for this great fundraising event to support our German Programs at Albert Einstein Academies.
We will have traditional German foods like potato pancakes, brats, freshly baked waffles, beverages and yummy baked goods, gingerbread hearts, etc.
Super cool hands-on-kids-craft-stations, sand art, face paint, “Winter traditions around the World”- interactive information booth,
live music and performances, professional carolers, 50:50 raffle, a tombola with lots of great prices to win for kids and adults, over 40 local vendors selling holiday gifts, a steam train ride with music and much more.

For more information please contact us at aeagcc@gmail.com.

Address: Albert Einstein Academies – 3035 Ash St, San Diego, CA 92102


Kinder Weihnachtsfeier – Children’s Christmas Party, PHOENIX CLUB – Dec 3rd  (SoCal)

In the spirit of the Christmas season, the German-American School Association, the German-American League, and the Phoenix Club are jointly hosting this wonderful Children’s Christmas Party, which you are sure to enjoy.  The Phoenix Club Youth Dance Group will perform a “Christmas Eve Ballet” and the German School Students will present traditional Christmas poems and songs. St. Nicholas has let us know that he’ll be at the Phoenix Club to hear all the children’s wishes and he’ll be available for photos!  We’re already excited about all the nice things he and his helpers will bring. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom. Christmas treats, snack bar and cocktails will be available.

TIME & ADMISSION: 1:00 PM | Free Admission

Address: 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, California 92806


Alto International School  invites to:

Winterfest 2017 – Saturday, December 2, 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 3rd, 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 3rd, 10am-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 9, 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 us for Christmas Dance on December 3, 1pm-5pm. Live music and a Schuhplattler Dance Group will perform

Tracht (e.g. lederhosen, dirndls) not required but always encouraged.

Please RSVP on Facebook.

Address: Oakland Nature Friends – 3115 Butters Dr, Oakland, California 94602


Nikolaus Day at Alpine Village in Torrance

Dec. 3rd Saint Nikolaus is coming to Alpine Village. Traditional German Christmas fare and German children’s choir and more.

Address: 833 W Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90502

Advents Konzerte  und WeihnachtsGottesdienste – German Church Service


Dec. 17th – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in La Mesa (SoCal)

German Christmas Carol Service St. Luke’s Lutheran Church bietet einen deutschsprachigen Weihnachtsgottesdienst an, der am 17. Dezember 2017 um 19.00 Uhr stattfinden wird.

Alle sind herzlich eingeladen. Die Gottesdienstordnung besteht hauptsächlich aus Lesungen und Liedern, die die Weihnachtsgeschichte erzählen. Wenn man eine der Bibellesungen vorlesen will, sagen Sie mir, bitte, vorher Bescheid, entweder per E-Mail-Adresse oder per 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 in La Mesa is holding a German Christmas Carol Service on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 7:00 pm. All are invited.)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, California 91942    –    Telephone (619) 463-6633


Christuskirche in Glendale, im Nordosten von Los Angeles (SoCal)

Advent Candle Light Service and Concert –Sunday, December 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Children’s Service, Sunday, December 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Traditional Christmas Eve Service, Sunday, December 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

First German Speaking United Methodist Church, 556 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202


Dec 24th – St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco (NorCal)

Dec 3rd, 2017 – Family Service & Sankt Nikolaus celebration at 11 am

Dec 24th, 2017 – bi-lingual family service at 11 am & bi-lingual candlelight service at 18pm

On December 24th, 2017 there will be a German Candlelight Service, 4pm-5pm 

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
3281 16th St.
San Francisco

(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 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.

St. John’s Lutheran Church
154 South Shaffer Street
Orange, CA 92866-1609

MAIN NUMBER: 714-288-4400


Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve German language Service           Christ The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Jose, (NorCal)
It’s a family-friendly celebration of Christmas in German!
2:30 German Christmas Caroling
3:00 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 1420 3rd Ave, San Diego. The German service starts at 4pm.

First Lutheran Church
1420 3rd Ave
San Diego, California