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Christkindlmarkt Turns Downtown Into A Winter Wonderland

Photos by Friesen Photography

As we dive into the holiday season, take some time to relax and recharge with your family at the second annual Christkindlmarkt downtown this weekend.

The event is powered by Folkways, a local organization that hosts community events like the Red River Market and Night Bazaar.

The German inspired celebration will take place in and outside of the Stone Building from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This free four-day event will feature food, live music performances, art demonstrations, mulled wine, holiday treats, activities for kids and more to help you enjoy downtown Fargo in all its decked-out glory. Free parking will be available at the Roberts Commons parking garage.


If you’d like to enjoy the great outdoors, you can roast s’mores by the fire and see live demonstrations of blacksmithing with Ralf Mehnert-Meland and glassblowing with Kirby Berg.

If you’d rather hang out inside the Stone Building, check out the 20+ local vendors that will be selling homemade gifts, decor, treats and more! You can also enjoy traditional German food from Red Silo, French crepes from Deja Vu Catering and holiday cookies from around the world from Michele’s Table, as well as traditional scherenschnitte paper cutting Sabrina Hornung and more.

Be sure not to miss performances from FM Ballet, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Amped School of Music, Red River Dance and more!


If you’re ready to put on your dancing shoes, then check out Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen, The JT Kenelley Band and more on the second level of the Stone Building.

To help you get in the holiday spirit by drinking spirits, Front Street Taproom will have a selection of locally brewed and German-style beers, as well as homemade mulled wine.

But that’s not all! While there will be plenty of activities to choose from over all four days, there will be even more family-friendly activities on Saturday, including crafts, face painting, story time and more to make sure everyone in the family can recharge.

“The Christkindlmarkt gives our community a chance to slow down and enjoy what can be a chaotic time,” co-organizer Simone Wai said. “We hope you can take a moment to relax and connect with friends and neighbors during the holidays.”


To help make the event even more magical, there will be a twinkling forest of live Christmas trees in the parking lot outside the Stone Building.

Last year there were 7,500 visitors, 110 volunteers, 54 live Christmas trees, 22 local vendors and 100 gallons of mulled wine. This year, Wai predicts that Christkindlmarkt will bring in around 10,000 visitors, around the same number of volunteers, 60 live Christmas trees (including one that’s 17 feet tall), 25 local vendors and 800 commemorative mugs to fill with mulled wine.

Dress warmly, enjoy musical performances, support local vendors and spend time with friends, family members and other area residents at Christkindlmarkt this weekend.


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Written by Jessica Kuehn

Jessica Kuehn is the web editor for Spotlight Media. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in print journalism. When she isn't writing or correcting her and other people's grammar, Jessica is obsessively quoting The Office and reading way too many books.

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