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The Christkindlmarket Mugs Through The Years — How Many Do You Have?

Take a stroll through history with all of the Christkindlmarket mugs (including 2018's).


DOWNTOWN — Christkindlmarket has changed a lot since its 1996 debut: its venue, its vendors.

And of course, its mugs.

Drinking hot spiced wine out of a souvenir mug marks the most wonderful time of year for many Chicagoans at the annual German-themed holiday fair, which draws 1.5 million visitors to Daley Plaza.

Though Christkindlmarket is best known for its boot-shaped mugs, the souvenirs have changed quite a bit since the first festival more than 20 years ago on Michigan Avenue.

The festival unveiled this year’s heart-shaped mug on Friday. Check out the Christkindlmarket mugs from over the years here:

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This story first appeared in DNAinfo in 2017, compiled by mug enthusiasts Tanveer Ali and David Matthews. It’s been updated.