Discover your inner elf

NEW ULM – Discover the magic of Christkindlmarkt, an old-world Christmas market.

The festive German marketplace and family fair will ring in the holiday season, featuring handcrafted works and performances by local artisans.

Christkindlmarkt will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, at the New Ulm Event Center, 301 20th St. S.

The event has “grown by a giant leap from last year,” notes one of the organizers, Mary Jane Glawe.

An indoor Marktplatz set up as a European village square will feature Christmas stalls selling wood carvings, wheel-thrown pottery, hand-woven baskets, quilts, watercolor and acrylic paintings, custom jewelry and artisan food products. Some artists are bringing in handmade fishing rods, boats and campfire equipment. Storybook characters, strolling violins, Heinzelmnnchen Gnomes and lucky chimney sweeps will entertain visitors, as they shop for these unique and difficult to resist gifts.

Visitors will also be able to warm themselves with a cup of Morgan Creek Vineyard’s gluhwein (mulled wine) while taking in the view of the market’s illuminated 20 foot Christmas tree. At the Weihnachts Caf, headed up by Executive Chef Lacey Lueth, they will be able to savor handmade Bavarian pretzels, spaetzle, roasted nuts, apfelstrudel and grilled sausages, including WunderWurst, a 14″ custom-made sausage served on a baguette style bun created by German sausage-maker Martin Ziegler.

Performances by music and theatre artists will be held throughout the two days, with special appearances by the Concord Singers, Wanda Gag, Alice Lind, the Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose and the Sleepy Eye Area Concertinas. Visual artists at the Lind House, Gag House and Prairie Lakes booths will share the intricacies of their folk art and old-world craft.

Those who come can also travel through the enchanting Black Forest to visit St. Nick’s Reindeer, St. Paul’s Living Nativity and Puppet Wagon performances of How to be Santa’s Helper. Kinderwelt will likely captivate youngsters with storytellers, art activities, a performance of The Elves and the Shoemaker and a hot cocoa bar.

Those who wish to explore New Ulm – America’s most German town – can ride the New Ulm Business and Retail Association’s Holly Trolley for a tour of downtown, historically decorated with swags of fresh garland, and enjoy the annual Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Christkind, a fairy-like being who traditionally opens the market, will illuminate the tree at noon on Friday, along with an event proclamation by Mayor Bob Beussman.

Christkindlmarkt is sustained by what is cultivated locally through the efforts of writers, performers, visual artists, scholars, farmers and chefs who contribute to a vital and diverse community, explains the event’s mission statement. The arts and cultural products reflect a local influence and help preserve artistic traditions and customs practiced in this area.

The organizers seek to create a cultural collaboration, building connections between artists and the community, increasing awareness of the value of the arts and local culture and developing creativity through active participation and inclusivity.

Christkindlmarkt is supported by Target, 3M, the New Ulm Area Foundation, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Business and Retail Association, New Ulm Park and Recreation Department, New Ulm Optimist Club, Gislason Law Firm, A to Zinnia Floral & Gifts, Hacker’s Tree Farm and Nursery and Ground Zero Services. Thanks to the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the committee was also funded, in part, by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Christkindlmarkt is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit, call 507-276-6298 or e-mail

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