Turner Hall of Monroe
Monroe, Wisconsin

Christkindlmarkt - 2018

(Old World Holiday Market)
Friday-Saturday, November 23 - 24, 2018
9 am - 4 pm

Shopping this year for the perfect gift in Switzerland, Germany or Austria won’t necessarily require a passport or an expensive plane ticket. All it takes is a visit to Turner Hall of Monroe’s annual Christkindlmarkt on the Friday and Saturday right after Thanksgiving, November 23 – 24, from 9 am – 4 pm.

Turner Hall's Christkindlmarkt will feature the work of select artisans and vendors, with unique, affordable and quality gifts. Shoppers will find a variety of items including fiber and fabric arts, candles, soaps, floral arrangements, rugs, jewelry, home decor and Christmas decorations as well as specifically European items such as Scherenschnitte (scissor cuttings), Kerbschnitte (chip-carving in wood), and Holzschnitte (wood-carvings) For a complete listing of this year's vendors, click here.

Samichlaus, Switzerland's version of St. Nick, will be making appearances at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm both days of the market, visiting with children and shoppers, and checking his large book of the year's past infractions! Children of all ages should be on the lookout for Samichlaus' partner, Schmutzli, who makes sure children haven't been too naughty during the year! You can see a video of Samichlaus and Schmutzli at a past Christkindlmarkt here.

The Old World ambiance of the Turner Hall of Monroe provides the perfect backdrop for this unique European-style Christmas market. The Christkindlmarkt, or literally translated, Christ-Child Market, is a traditional German Christmas market with origins dating back to the 14th century. One of the most famous and oldest markets, which was first officially recorded in 1628, is held annually in Nuremberg. Christkindlmarkts take place in many cities throughout Germany, attracting millions of visitors, as well as in areas of the United States where immigrants brought the tradition with them.

Also part of the market, homemade Swiss baked goods and traditional Glüwein (hot spiced wine), will offer Christkindlmarkt shoppers a chance to relax and take in the holiday atmosphere. The lower level Ratskeller Restaurant will also be open both days of the market from 11 am - 9 pm.

Treat yourself to the experience this year, and you'll want to make the Christkindlmarkt one of your holiday shopping traditions every year!

    Listing of 2018 Christkindlmarkt Vendors

  • Amy's Designer Eggs - handmade Ukranian egg ornaments
  • Beady Sisters and Eco-T - crystal handmade jewelry, upcycled items, crocheted necklaces
  • CKBooks Publishing - six original book titles and bookmarks
  • Edelweiss Gifts - Christmas cards, cross-stitch & crochet, jewelry
  • European Bake Sale - baked goods made by the Monroe Swiss Singers
  • Gifts For All Seasons - birdfeeders/houses, seasonal decor, kitchen items, lighted snowmen
  • Gitzi Girls - handmade Swiss-themed items, ornaments, miscellaneous gifts
  • Grandma Staada's Stollen - homemade Stollen
  • Hope Hollow Creations - fused glass art, spoon rests, candle holders, coasters, platters
  • Karen's Krafts - unique hand-painted items; embroidered/appliqued shirts
  • Kline's Kitchen - pastries, bars, Christmas decorated cookies
  • Jason & Steve Kundert Woodworking - handmade wood items
  • Laura Eckroat Children's Books - children's books written by Laura Eckroat
  • Master's Touch - chipped-carved items by Kevin Hagel
  • Lenny's Canes - handmade canes, toys and wood items
  • Meadow Ridge Alpacas - items made from Green County-raised alpacas: socks, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
  • Misty Meadows Dairy - goat milk soap/lotion, home-grown popcorn, caramel corn, more
  • Papa's Creations - wood crafts by Ed Gerner
  • Phyliss Presents Jewelry - bracelets, earrings, necklaces made with beads and crystals
  • PJ's Crafts - hand-painted seasonal ceramics
  • Queen's Court - hand-painted china; Swiss music cds, crocheted items by Karen Kennison
  • Quilted Crafts Plus - quilted runners, banners, aprons by Sue Rentmeester
  • Rag Rugs - handmade by Betty Peterson, with crocheted items and jellies
  • Scherenschnitte - European art of scissors cuttings by Elda and Linda Schiesser
  • Sewing in Circles - fabric bowls, sling purses, button bracelets
  • Sewn So Keen - market totes, baby necessities,
  • Snip-It - scissors cuttings, jewelry and ornaments
  • Stella & Dot - jewelry, accessories, clothing
  • Three Friends Jewelry & Fiber Arts - unique, handcrafted jewelry & hand-felted vessels, scarves, & hats
  • Three Sisters - dog coats from recycled sweaters, pillows, draft dodgers, mittens, hats
  • Up-a-Creek Dairy Goats - hand-crafted soaps & lotions made with goat milk
  • Warmest Mittens by Char - Swiss-themed and other mittens made with upcycled materials
  • Woodcarvings by Ernst Possner - handcarved figures, bowls, other small items
  • Wood Turning by Ken Chapin - wood-turned bowls, vases, etc.

The Christkindlmarkt, as well as other programs during 2018, is part of Turner Hall's on-going Swiss Heritage Series. More information on the Swiss Heritage Series is available here.