Saturday, December 4, 2021

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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 4th from 12pm to 8pm
Location: German Central Organization * 7863 York Rd. Parma 44130
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Admission: $5.00 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 (link to VIVA site).

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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. For a list of artisans and crafters, click here

Would you like to sell your crafts? click here for Vendor Application

Artisans and Crafters!

Ben Altemus - Leather

Altemus Leather

$5 to $850, $60 average
Ben makes handmade leather goods and accessories crafted locally in Cleveland Ohio. Ben works the leather, cuts and designs his products. He does special orders as well as custom work.
Facebook: @AltemusLeatherwork

J. Design

J. Design produces a collection of handmade specialized wood and waxed-canvas products focused on quality craftsmanship, attention to detail & functionality and design.

Jerry Smith - GE Design

Silver, Copper And Gold

GE Designs primarily works with sterling or fine silver and copper. Each of their stones is handpicked by them and finely polished to bring out the true beauty. Quality crafted, these pieces are sure to become heirlooms.
Custom designed work in silver, copper and gold.  ... Love working with beautiful stones. No two pieces are ever identical.
Images: Custom designed sapphire ring $225; Custom contemporary marquise charoite ring $250; Labradorite pendant oxidized on oxidized sterling silver ball chain $180; Aquapraise pendant on double diamond cut rope sterling silver chain $275
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Kili Samand - Clay functional

My Turquois Kitten

Clay functional / Jewelry / Miniature
Fun, quirky handmade earrings. Primary medium polymer clay. I love making foods & other common items in miniature. I have been making the miniatures for 4 years now. I am constantly observing my atmosphere. There are so many interesting and beautiful things around us, why not try to recreate that AND WEAR IT! But I take it a step farther ...and add this element of fun. I've said before that my jewelry are literally statement pieces. They make a statement about who you are, what you love, the things you're into. And with so many diverse items in stock, there is something for everyone. Read more

Linda Hupert - Planet Egg (Pysanky)

Linda Hupert has been doing Pysanky for over 45 years. She learned once as a child in her Ukrainian Youth Group but didn't start doing Pysanky until High School and hasn't stopped since. She has taught at The Ukrainian Museum in Cleveland for over 25 years and given many demonstrations in the community including the Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens and Beck Center....
Her eggs have been for sale and on display at Hixson's in Lakewood for 38 years for their Annual Easter Egg Show. Linda has traveled the East Coast to various Festivals displaying her eggs.
Linda has been teaching classes at Pysanky retreats in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and even Toronto Canada over the past 8 years and is working on a retreat for this fall here in Cleveland.
She was a guest artist at Walt Disney World Epcot Center for 8 years. Her newest project is working with the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art in promoting the Art and Symbolism of Pysanky as it transcends across other cultures in the world in their Distant Learning Program.
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David Spigiel - Wood Turning

Transfigured Trees

Transfigured Trees is a hobby turned into a small business! We started turning wood in late 2017 in a small garage outside our home, where we continue to do so today. Each item is a "One of a kind" piece of art that can also be used for many purposes, including dry arrangements, fruit bowls and center pieces on any table.
We offer a verity of pieces: plates, lamps, tables, bowls, planters, ...candle sticks, different sizes of pots and small wooden toys.
New this year are wood plaques made from fractal wood burning.
All wood used by Transfigured Trees is from downed trees! We never cut down a live tree to make our art. We also produce a piece of art from a tree (that may have come down due to various reasons) that has special meaning for memories to last forever!
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Jenny Goe - Jewelry

In the 216

Jenny Goe of In the 216 is a mixed media artist. She uses all kinds of materials including old toys and game pieces to create her art. She tries to acquire as much of her material as possible from local sources. She is inspired by pop culture and, you can tell by her studio name, local Cleveland interests.Read more

Glenn Petranek - Photographer

Pixel Mania

Glenn Petranek of Pixel Mania is a lifelong Northeast Ohio resident photographer. He did fine art black and white photography for more than 25 years before becoming fully digital in 1998. In both mediums, ... he is fully self-taught.
You can find his work in at least 25 shows per year. His work can be found in many private and public collections.
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Jody Lanham - Jewelry Making


Jody Lanham of Moonfeathers has a rich story about her journey toward jewelry making. The daughter of talented parents (her father built their house and her mother sewed clothing and curtains), it seemed only natural that she would be artistic in her own right. ...
She stumbled on jewelry making as a past time during a difficult time in her life. She says her style of evolved and been re-made, undone and simplified and complicated - sounds like the creative process!
"Participating in craft and art shows is one of my most beloved activities, but I also enjoy custom and repair work, creating for a good cause, donating and making gifts for my family and friends. It is the best way I know to give a little bit of myself to the rest of the world."
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Marianne Buechler

Celestial Zigeunerin

Marianne began creating Book Baubles (beaded bookmarks) out of her love for ALL things Beaded and her love of books. Next came ... designing beaded jewelry. As she continued to evolve in this creative passion, she moved into creating jewelry using sterling silver and crystals (for the most part) as well as designing items with a traditional German flavor. Her pieces can be worn every day, evenings out, and with German costume. Read more

Stephanie Dohm - Pottery

Narrow Dog Pottery

While Stephanie has always had her hands busy in some form of creative expression, (mixed media, painting, knitting, sewing) Narrow Dog Pottery began after a lifelong love and appreciation for pottery evolved ...into a full-time hobby. In her home studio, she creates and fires small-batch, functional pieces either on the potter's wheel, by hand-building, or even slip casting. Her family's greyhounds are not only the inspiration for her studio name, you'll also find the sighthound form in some of the textured pieces she creates. Read more

Benjamin Mihalek - Imported German and European Glass Ornaments

Evergreen Cottage

Ben Mihalek of Evergreen Cottage strives to bring the magic of our childhoods back with all holiday items from glass blown ornaments to holiday décor. ...If you love the holidays throughout the year, you will love their products. Read more

Danielle Wells - Natural Herbs

Mom's Garden

Danielle is from Northeast Ohio, but travels far and wide to sell her products. She is known for her unique blends of ...natural herbs. Danielle grows, dries and blends her own herbs which are used in her teas & spices. Danielle can create personalized blends of teas & herbs. For the Christkindlmarkt, she will have some specialized German blends. Read more

Heidi Herzog Dietz - Embroidery

Creative Embroidery by Design

Heidi Herzog Dietz grew up in a family that owned a German Restaurant in Cleveland ...for 53 years. Although she is not a great cook, she truly enjoys being creative with fabric and threads. She has been embroidering since 1999, and started her business in 2002. To carry on her family heritage, she specializes in German embroidery and sell her hand-crafted items at many local festivals and events. Read more

Patricia and Dave Davison - Puzzles With A Twist

The Jig is Up

Finding FUN, engaging ways to develop young student's analytical and analytical thinking skills can be challenging ...for parents and teachers. "The Jig is Up" - puzzles with a twist, presents a series of jigsaw puzzles in a variety of styles to engage in all learning styles.
"The Jig Is Up" is a series of small (26, 72 and 100 pieces) jigsaw puzzles that contain another puzzle. Each jigsaw puzzle has a short story with a question to be solved. The builder uses the puzzle picture and the clues in the short story to solve the puzzle. Each puzzle takes roughly 30 minutes - 1 hour to complete.
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Anna Batyreva - Honey

Happy Bear

Anna has an Apiary in Lorain County. She sells the honey from her bees and uses the beeswax to make her own candles. Her honey ranges from $4 to $25 per pot of honey.

Heidi Sippel Haas - Hand Painted Steins

Heidi Sippet Haas and her family make and hand paint authentic German Steins.

Heidimarie Cherhushin - Photographer

High D Com Photos

Heidimarie travels the world to find just the right shots. She includes pictures from Germany, Austria and our own hometown of Cleveland. ... She offers affordable Art and Photo Gifts. She has ready-to-frame and framed prints. She also has photo cards, ornaments and photo gifts. She travels - puzzles, mugs, etc. Read more

Mary Anne Rantala - Handmade Items

Mary Anne is offering handmade original items for many occasions. Take your pick of door signs, ornaments, gift bags, wood plaques, and coasters. Better yet, buy one of each.

Olga Rockenberger - Knits

Moonlight Knits

Olga hand knits and crochets clothes and accessories for children and adults.

David Briese - Mangers

David Briese is 80 years old & has always created unique presents for his children & grandchildren every year for Christmas. A few years ago, David drove to his bothers property ... in Michigan to collect the unused pieces of wood from his saw mill. Using slab wood from the sawmill cut offs he designs a variety of nativity stables. Most of the wood is white pine with some maple. He created the nativity stables for his family, and was encouraged to make more to give and sell to his family & friends. Read more

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.
The Performance Schedule and Activities are currently under development.

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.

Christkindlmarkt Goods!

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