GAST Presents Annual German Market: Dec. 6-8

MUSIC AND MORE: Christkindlmarkt offers seasonal music with a harpsichordist and brass players along with German food like bratwurst, local and German crafts, Christmas tree decorations and home décor.

The German-American Society of Tulsa () will hold its annual Christkindlmarkt Dec. 6-8 at the society’s Great Hall, located at 15th Street and Terrace Drive.

Christkindlmarkt is a traditional Christmas market in cities and towns throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The oldest and most prominent market has been held in Nürnberg for more than 400 years. Erected in the village city centers, they represent a festive marketplace for residents and visitors to shop for Christmas gifts, homemade items by local craftsmen, and specialty food items and treats appropriate to the season, all sold in open-air stalls, usually with accompanying singing and dancing, and often with a local child dressed up as the Christkind or boy Jesus to be welcomed by the crowd.

From Dec. 6-8, the decorated center becomes a Christmas wonderland, transporting visitors to an earlier and more distant time and place. Dozens of crafters and vendors offer Nutcrackers, imported Christmas tree ornaments and a wide selection of Christmas items, in addition to German treats, such as Germany’s incomparable Christmas Stollen and traditional German foods from Wurst to Kartoffelpuffer, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee. The Christkindl and St. Nikolaus walk among the booths to the delight of the children, and there is also a special Spielstube, or play area, for the kids with treats and hands-on activities.

Good food, fine crafts, and traditional German music and entertainment make Christkindlmarkt a great beginning or end to this year’s Christmas shopping.
The festival is free and open to the public.

Updated 11-26-2013

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