December 5th and 6th.
10th Annual Christkindlmarkt at Village Commons. Opening Procession and Ceremony: Town Crier announces the official opening of “Christkindlmarkt”, next the National Anthem, then the Mayor turns on the lights downtown. Featuring the Silent “Monks” of the Shenandoah, a lightshow, challenge of the choirs, puppet show, Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, moustache/beard competition, pet photos w/Santa, kids activities, food, special senior’s show, an afternoon with Elvis and more for all ages.
In the 16th and 17th centuries in the mountainous areas of Germany and Austria, toymakers would gather in the villages in the weeks leading up to Christmas to sell their wares. In those days, the offerings would be hand-carved figures and ingenious puzzles, as well as the popular local dishes. Many villages would use that time as a chance to get together and enjoy a little festival, since the work of harvest would usually be over and the winter would only just be beginning. For children it was a magical time, since many lived on farms or in the villages themselves and did not often see what new wonders the toymakers had invented, or see what was new in the wider world. So the annual gatherings of toymakers were very popular, not to mention they were a major source of income for the villagers who would busily prepare the sausages, mulled wine, and baked goods for weeks in advance. From the end of November through Christmas Eve, beautifully decorated booths line the main square or "Platz" and the holiday spirit runs high, with crafts, entertainment, choirs, and wonderful food! The most popular and well-known market is the Nuernberg Christkindlmarkt which derives its name from the Christ-Child ("Christkindl" in the dialect of the area) which is carried through the streets by the children of the city in the toymakers parade, and placed in his manger on Christmas eve.
FRONT ROYAL's Christkindlmarkt is ten years old this year and we are proud to join with Heaven Sent Shoppe, Americana Signs, and our beloved and faithful sponsors and patrons to make it better than ever. We wish you a most joyous and blessed Holiday season!
Froehliche Weihnachten! Joyeuse Noel! Feliz Navidad!
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