Many of our most cherished holiday traditions and icons can be traced to Germany. In Bavaria each year, Christmas street markets appear in a town squares and feature food, drink and seasonal goods sold from open-air stalls.
Now, Fargo-Moorhead has it’s own Christkindlmarkt, a German inspired celebration in the heart of downtown at the historic Stone Building (formerly the Avalon).
Hosted by Folkways, a local community building organization known for bringing captivating events like the Red River Market to downtown Fargo, the Christkindlmarkt delivers a bit of holiday enchantment the whole family can enjoy.
Each day, visitors will be able to experience the cheer of the holiday season in the outdoor winter wonderland, listen to live music in the beer hall, and shop for gifts and festive décor in the market hall. With a little something for everyone, Saturday’s activities will be focused on kids and families with crafts, festive face painting, holiday story time and more from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Front Street Taproom will have a selection of locally brewed and German style beers available along with homemade mulled wine that can be purchased in a commemorative Christkindlmarkt mug. The second floor beer hall will also feature live performances every evening by polka band, Matt and the Dakota Dutchmen, folk band, The Fancy & the Functional and more.
The Christkindlmarkt gives visitors a chance to slow down and enjoy what can be a chaotic time. “With fire pits, mulled wine, and twinkling evergreen trees, we hope you can take a moment to relax and connect with friends during the holidays,” said co-organizer, Simone Wai. “We want to create a new holiday tradition with our friends and neighbors.”