Turner Hall of Monroe

Christkindlmarkt - 2013

(Old World Holiday Market)
Friday-Saturday, November 29 - 30, 2013
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 29 – 30, 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 and Christmas decorations as well as specifically European items such as Scherenschnitte (scissor cuttings), Kerbschnitte (chip-carving in wood), Holzschnitte (wood-carvings) and Schwibbogen (German decorative candle holders.) 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.

New this year is the addition of a silent auction, with an item donated by each vendor. Proceeds will benefit the Swiss Heritage Series of the Turner Hall of Monroe.

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, a European-style café, including homemade Swiss baked goods and treats from Turner Hall's Ratskeller Restaurant, will offer Christkindlmarkt shoppers a chance to relax and take in the holiday atmosphere. For a larger menu selection, the lower level Ratskeller Restaurant will also be open for lunch and dinner during both days of the market.

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 2013 Christkindlmarkt Vendors

  • Antler Carvings - eagle whistle, figurines, all carved from antlers by Guy Jensen
  • Boomerang Bakery - Stollen and Christmas breads
  • Snip-It! - totem art, embroidery & cross-stitch, Scherenschnitte, jewelry
  • Brad's Woodcrafts - handmade wooden bowls, cutting boards
  • Chip Carving by Steve Esser & Gottlieb Brändli, Sr. - carved wood ornaments and more
  • Chip Carvings by Horst Hart - wood items featuring the European art of Kerbschnitte
  • Creative Woodcraft - scroll saw ornaments & Schwibbogen by Kermit Barr
  • Dearly Adorned - handmade earrings by Nancy Walsh
  • European Bake Sale - baked goods made by the Monroe Swiss Singers
  • Karen's Krafts - unique hand-painted items;embroidered/appliqued shirts
  • Kreative Keepsakes - baby booty treasures, quillows, by Robin Schubert
  • Jason Kundert Woodworking - handmade wood items
  • Master's Touch - wood-burned boxes, ornaments, stained glass
  • Mia Bella - seasonal/year-'round floral arrangements and home decor, no-soot candles
  • Misty Meadows Dairy - goat milk soap/lotion with watercolors by Sharon Christensen
  • Orange Kitten Yarn - handcrafted knit items, jewelry, Christmas ornaments
  • Papa's Creations - wood crafts by Ed Gerner
  • Piranga Candles, LLC - highly fragrant soy candles and accessories
  • Quilted Crafts Plus - quilted runners, banners, aprons by Sue Rentmeester
  • Rag Rugs - handmade by Betty Peterson, with crocheted caps and other items
  • Riese Family - Christmas cards, cross-stitch & crochet by Denise, Stephanie & Randy
  • Scherenschnitte - European art of scissors cuttings by Elda and Linda Schiesser
  • Sewing in Circles - fabric bowls, sling purses, button bracelets
  • Turner Hall Fundraising Sales - deeply-discounted table accents & serving pieces; re-gifting items
  • Sugar River Roses - beautiful hand-done china painting on a wide variety of items
  • Three Friends Jewelry - hand-crafted jewelry with a Swiss or Christmas theme
  • Usborne Books & More - educational, activity & fiction books for children
  • Woodcarvings by Ernst Possner - handcarved figures, bowls, other small items

The Christkindlmarkt, as well as other programs during 2013, is part of Turner Hall's on-going Swiss Heritage Series. More information on the Swiss Heritage Series is available here.