German Christmas Spirit at Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt

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Even before Thanksgiving rolls around each year, the city of Ferdinand is gearing up for a citywide Christmas celebration that draws thousands of visitors. Based on the centuries-old real German Christmas market, the popular Christkindlmarkt celebration is held at sites throughout the town in November and features lavishly decorated booths spilling over with Christmas decorations, art, antiques, artisan-made gifts and other one-of-a-kind treasures. The German-themed celebration draws crowds from miles around for the vibrant mix of shopping, dining and entertainment that traditionally kicks off the season of Advent.

Central to the celebration is regional cuisine – including wine tastings and festive fare such as cinnamon-roasted nuts – along with free tours and live entertainment. A marionette theater, organ grinder, Mass with German hymns and live Glockenspiel music are all part of the lively lineup.
 Ferdinand’s 2013 Christkindlmarkt festivities will take place Nov. 16-17, 2013. For more information, email msteczyk@ferdinandindiana.org or call (812) 367-2280.

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