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Annual Christkindl Markt planned for Nov. 23

  Molly Blogg offers up German treats at the Christkindl Markt's outdoor stand.
Molly Blogg offers up German treats at the Christkindl Markt's outdoor stand.

PRINCETON — The fifth annual Christkindl Markt (German Christmas Market) will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. (behind the Apollo Theater). It has become a popular feature of the Princeton Main Street Christmas Walk.

The Christkindl Markt offers unique hand-crafted gifts, traditional German treats and an international cookie bazaar with a wide selection of cookies inspired by countries around the world. Children are invited to decorate and take home their very own gingerbread house, the market’s free children’s activity. All donations to the “Gingerbread House” project will go to the local Buddy Bags program.

At the market entrance, coffee, hot chocolate and hot mulled cider, along with German stollen, lebkuchen, strudel and pretzels, will be served all day. As in previous years, Father Christmas will be on hand to greet visitors.

Locally-created repurposed items, ceramics and other original artwork are among the offerings at this year’s market. There will also be fair trade coffees, chocolates and olive oil, as well as frozen homemade entrees (breakfast casseroles, lasagnas), helpful to have for the holidays. The Princeton High School German Club will once again be selling German Advent calendars.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, the market will once again offer a German Brathaus lunch, featuring brats, franks, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and homemade potato soup.

Admission to the Christkindl Markt is free. The Open Prairie building is completely accessible. For more information, call Open Prairie UCC at 815- 872-5150.

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