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See you December 3rd, 2022!
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Get in the Christmas Spirit and enjoy the aromas, sounds, and activities of an outdoor Bavarian Christmas market and festival!

Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 from 11am to 9pm
Location: German Central Organization * 7863 York Rd. Parma 44130
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Admission: $6.00 per person: 12 and under free:
This is an outdoor event and will happen rain or shine.
Please dress for the weather.

What is a Christkindlmarkt?  ...

A Christkindlmarkt is a Christmas themed street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, but are now held in many other countries.

The Christmas markets are traditionally held outdoors in the town square. Typically, you will find food, drink and seasonal items from open-air booths, accompanied by Christmas-themed entertainment.

A Bavarian Christkindlmarkt is a recreation of a traditional Christkindlmarkt found in southern Germany. It is being presented by VIVA Bavaria, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and preserving German culture and traditions. For more information on VIVA Bavaria, please click here.

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Christkindlmarkt Shopping Experience

Just like a real outdoor Bavarian Christmas market, you can stroll from booth to booth to seek out that perfect gift! At A Bavarian Christkindlmarkt you can purchase unique hand-made gifts by skilled artisans for family and friends.

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Artisans and Crafters!

Check back here as we list the Artisans and Crafters who signup!

Enjoy Live Christkindlmarkt Entertainment

Take a break from shopping to be entertained by local Christmas choirs, musicians, and dancers! Various types of Christmas themed entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Carriage Rides

Sam and Kellie Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons Carriage Rides & Logging in Kingsville, OH, have been involved in the equine industry for their entire lives. The Rettingers bring their horses to several events each year. They provide carriage rides with their Percherons for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, hay rides, and winter sleigh rides, and, of course, A Bavarian Christkindlmarkt.

St. Nicholas

Appearances by St. Nicholas are provided through the courtesy of The Society of St. Stephen. The custom of examining the children, where they will cite a verse, sing, or otherwise show their skills, is still widespread in German-speaking countries. Each little one gets a gift for his performance.

Taste Traditional Christkindlmarkt Food

A Christkindlmarkt would not be complete without great food and snacks to nosh while shopping and sipping Glühwein from an authentic Christkindlmarkt mug.

  • Drink traditional Glühwein
  • Nürnberger Bratwurst
  • Roasted Almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln)
  • Pretzels (Brezeln)
  • Chocolates

What is Glühwein? Glühwein is a mulled red wine made with various mulling spices that is typically enjoyed around Christmas. We'll be serving it hot in our special Christkindlmarkt mug.


Glühwein is a traditional winter-holiday drink. The tradition of drinking mulled wine goes back, at least, to 1420. Glühwein is warmed red wine infused with such flavors as cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, oranges, and cloves. Nothing better on a cold winter day.

Reinecker's Bakery

As the only baker at A Bavarian Christkindlmarkt, Reinecker's Bakery will be bringing a nearly endless selection of breads, pastries and cookies.
Over 50 years ago, the bakery started with recipes brought to the US Richard J. Reinecker from his native Germany. A Bäckermeister, or master baker, Richard used those 300-year-old recipes to create the most delicious breads and cakes available.
Since then, the family-owned bakery has been using the same time-honored recipes and authentic techniques to continue creating a range of delicious breads and specialty items that are sure to look and taste amazing - all year round, but especially at Christmas.
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Gebrannte Mandeln

Gebrannte Mandeln literally translates to "burned almonds" but they aren't burned at all. They are roasted, candied almonds with a delicious cinnamon-sugar crust. In Germany, they are most often available in open air markets like a Christkindlmarkt or Weihnachtsmarkt.

Nürnberger Bratwurst

The Nürnberger Bratwurst will be available at the Knusper Haus, just down the hill from the Pavilion. Nürnberger Bratwurst are the traditional sausages sold at the world-renown Nürnberger Christkindlmarkt in Bavaria. The Nürnberger Bratwurst is one of the oldest German sausages and is usually served grilled or boiled.


The traditional German pretzels will be served warm. They are the perfect snack while you decide how much you can buy from our many talented artisans, listening to the choirs, or while on the carriage ride.

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(all photos courtesy of Melanie Hetzel and Jim Stracensky)

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