The Deutsches Haus is holding its fourth annual Christkindl Markt this weekend over three days, from Friday (Dec. 2) to Sunday (Dec. 4)
In the centuries-old tradition of German Christmas markets, there will be booths for holiday shopping and treats. New this year will be evening shopping under lights.
The market will feature items from nearly 70 vendors — either handmade locally or imported from Germany. All are suitable for gift-giving, either large or small.
The market will offer authentic German ornaments; local artwork including fiber, hand-blown glass, paintings and ceramics; artisan jewelry; scarves; candles; and locally made food including chocolate, spiced pecans and stollen from an old family recipe.
Shoppers can take a break and indulge in sausages, gluhwein (warm mulled wine), hot chocolate and other delicacies — plus, of course, German beer.
Christkindl and St. Nicholas will be present for photos and to hear Christmas wishes from children.
There will hand bell and seasonal music. Returning this year will be Kurrende Brass, a traditional open invitation to brass musicians young and old to bring their instrument and join the Haus Band to play Christmas carols.
The Christkindl Markt is free and open to the public. Here’s the music schedule:
4:30-6:30 p.m. Kurrende Brass
6:45-7:45 p.m. Damen/Sangerchor
11 a.m.-noon Loyola Opera Workshop
1-2 p.m. Sue and the Sweet Adelines
2:30-3:30 p.m. St John Hand Bell Choir
4-5 p.m. Kurrende Brass
6:30-7:30 p.m. Liederkranz Singers
8 p.m. Liederkranz Singers Caroling
11-12:30 p.m.Sax Ensemble Quartet
1-2 p.m. St Luke’s Highway Band
2:30-3:30 p.m. Crescent City Sound Chorus
5 p.m. Opera Festa Singers Caroling
1700 Moss Street
Friday (Dec. 2) from 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday (Dec. 3) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday (Dec. 4) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No entrance fee. Limited parking on grounds for customers is free while space is available. Parking is also available at nearby Cabrini High School on Esplanade for $5 (benefiting the school).