First Stop for the Holidays

by | Dec 2021

Christkindlsmarkt Excelsior Trolley

Photos: Christkindlsmarkt

Christkindlsmarkt arrives in the Excelsior Commons for two weekends.

This year’s 16th annual Christkindlsmarkt is moving into the Excelsior Commons for two full weekends.

The festival runs November 26–28 and December 3–5, opening at 10 a.m. each day. For the first five days, the festival closes at 7 p.m., and on December 5, it closes at 3 p.m. An opening parade at 10 a.m. will mark the first day of the festival.

A traditional German Christmas market, Christkindlsmarkt features German-themed vendors, entertainment and beer, all centered on the yuletide holiday. The festival boasts activities for all ages, including live reindeer and a sled for Christmas photos, carolers and a magic show. A North Pole Trolley ride with Father Christmas runs from noon–5 p.m. Shopping includes handmade winter mittens and gloves, jewelry, glassware, woodwork and imported goods from Germany, Poland and Austria. Other activities include face painting, princesses from Frozen, KinderWorld, traditional German mask performers, alpacas and a baby camel.

Father Christmas

Staffed by volunteers, Excelsior’s Christkindlsmarkt is expecting 30,000 guests and has expanded its venue to ensure safe social distancing practices.

Metered parking is available next to the Commons. Public parking with shuttle rides to the festival is available at the east and west lots, as well as next to Excelsior Elementary School. —Kira Schukar

All ages. $5 for adults, free for children aged 12 and under. Times vary. Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St.; 952.292.8898


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