Mifflinburg Chirstkindl Market (CANCELLED with Online Content Available)

Holiday Happenings

December 10, 2020 to December 12, 2020

Downtown Mifflinburg

Visit OldChristkindl.com for an ONLINE version of Christkindl Market 2020!

 

Online Christkindl Market Updates

Visit our online market to read about the history and traditions of the German Christmas Markets in Europe plus details specific to the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market including links to online performances by favorite performer. Visitors are encouraged to please visit our Virtual 2020 Vendors as part of our Online Market.

 

Follow Facebook: Christkindl Market of Mifflinburg for vendor highlights.


 

 

At their recent meeting, the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market Board of Directors decided to cancel the 2020 Christkindl Market.***

This was not an easy decision for us to make. Realizing the disappointment this brings to our community, vendors, and Christkindl fans, we believe that we made the responsible decision to cancel.

Planning for our Market goes on throughout the entire year. There are too many unknown variables with regard to the future of the Covid-19 virus especially with predictions that it could escalate in winter. It was felt that moving forward with planning, with the possibility of a last-minute shutdown, would create many administrative challenges and would be a waste of resources. More importantly, our decision was made out of an abundance of concern for public health and safety.

Online Christkindl Market Updates

Mifflinburg Christkindl hopes to offer links to online performances by some of our popular performers.

Mifflinburg's Christkindl Market


Mifflinburg's version of an authentic Christmas Market, inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl Market, or Christ Child Market, is a festive event prepared by various churches, organizations, schools, and residents.  For three days, Mifflinburg's Market Street, with its many churches, is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.

This family event features over 100 craft vendors, continuous entertainment for children and adults, traditional German foods and American favorites, hot Gluhwein, a live nativity, marionette shows, a 12 foot roving nutcracker, decorations, parades, Elf School, music, children's lantern parade, carriage rides, a Nutcracker presentation and St. Nicholas. Takes place on Market Street, downtown Mifflinburg.

 

 

Market Hours
Thursday 4:30 - 9pm
Friday 10 - 9pm
Saturday 10 - 8pm

 

Market Highlights

 

Entertainment

Continuous indoor and outdoor performances keep our Market guests entertained.  Indoor choral concerts by Mifflinburg Area School District students, and instrumental performances on Zither, Organ, Brass, Woodwinds, Piano, and solo vocalists give guests an opportunity to warm up indoors. Visit one of the Powerpoint presentations on Salzburg and the Alps. The Christkindl Cinema at the Buggy Museum offers another opportunity to warm up indoors. The outdoor stage is the location for small ensemble concerts, international dancers, a German band, and the ever-popular Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy.  Children can visit Kinderworld where they can peek into the Gingerbread House, visit the Elf School, and watch a Marionette performance nearby. Look for the Musical Christmas Tree, the Organ Grinder, the Kurrende Singers, and St. Nicholas wandering the Market.

 

Live Nativity

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first Nativity scene in 1223 at Greccio, Italy, in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than upon secular materialism and gift giving. The Mifflinburg Christkindl Market features a live Nativity scene that can be found just past the main entrace on the Lutheran Church grounds. Volunteers from church organizations, and others, along with a display of animals, enhance the live Nativity scene. The facade of the church in the background only adds to welcome each visitor with its picturesque view.

Sweet Treats

Cookies, strudel, German roasted nuts, and many other delicacies are available to visitors throughout the Market.

Fantastic Food

The Bratwurst, Knockwurst, and Schnitzel are all delicious, but certainly not alone when it comes to the wonderful foods available at the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market. The smell of each, along with Hungarian goulash and Schnitz und Knepp, hangs so heavy in the cold winter air that you can almost taste it.

Unique Gifts

You can also watch craftsman create both spun trees (Spanbäume) and turned trees (Kräuselbäume).  Christmas pyramids (Weihnachtspyramide), candle arches (Shwibbögen), nutcrackers (Nussknackern), and various types of ornaments are available for purchase within the Market.

The Glühwein

What would a Christkindl Market be without Glühwein!? This aromatic, warming, spiced-wine has heralded and fulfilled pleasures of the holiday season for hundreds of years. Glühwein is a German Christmas essential. Mulled, never boiled, Glühwein is available for purchase at the Christkindl Pub along with or without a commemorate Christkindl mug. Several vendors also sell Glühwein in bottles for visitors to enjoy at home.

The Prune Men

People have been collecting Zwetschgenmännla (prune men) for nearly 600 years. These funny little guys originated in Nuremberg and have become a treasured item at Christkindl markets all over the world. Visitors are welcomed to watch Sarah Miller, a local artist and our resident Zwetschgenmännla designer, create prune figures that can range from typisch Deutsch to wholly unique to the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market.

Kinder World

At Kinder World, children can visit the Elf School, the Peek-a-boo Doll House and the Gingerbread House. Next door, children can be entertained by a Marionette Show.

The Cancellation Stamp

The tradition of mailing Christmas cards with a special postal cancellation stamp began in Austria in 1695. That tradition continues today at the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market. Mail deposited in the traditional style European post will be hand-cancelled by the Mifflinburg Post Office with the annual Christkindl cancellation image. The tradition adds special meaning to the Market and to the cards mailed from it.

Lantern Parade

In Germany, lantern parades are held on November 11, the date of the martyrdom of Roman-soldier-turned monk, Saint Martin. Saint Martin was a compassionate man who led a quiet and simple life and is said to have cut his cape in half and shared it with a cold beggar suffering in a snowstorm. German children often make their own lanterns to celebrate St. Martin's Day, illuminating them with candles or battery lights and march through the streets singing the lantern song “Laterne.” Mifflinburg second grade students sing “Laterne” in German while parading through the Market on Friday night each year.

Visiting St. Nicholas and Other Children’s Activities

Children can visit with St. Nicholas at the Buggy Museum Center on Friday night following the Lantern Parade. Children can also make a Gingerbread House or carve a Christmas Soap Ornament at the Buggy Museum on Friday night.

 

 

 

 

 












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