Christkindlmarkt

Carolers sang and marshmallows roasted. The smell of bonfires and evergreen trees lingered across downtown Fargo, while visitors wandered into a parking lot that had been transformed into a winter wonderland for the Christkindlmarkt event. You can measure the success of an event in many ways, here are some of our favorites:

Visitors: 7,500
Volunteers: 110
Live Christmas trees: 54
Local vendors: 22
Carolers: 50
Gallons of mulled wine: 100
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Bringing in the traditional elements of a German inspired Christkindlmarkt, the event was filled with mulled wine, live music, art demonstrations, and booths with makers of gifts and treats. Like the markets of Europe, we encouraged visitors to take time to slow down during what can be a busy holiday season. Christkindlmarkts are focused on spending time with friends and family both indoors and outdoors. On average, visitors spent one to two hours at our event, eating, drinking, shopping, or just being.

“I lived in Vienna, Austria for two years and I can say unequivocally that the spirit and atmosphere of the Fargo event matches the Gemuetlichkeit and festive feeling in Vienna. I know it is a lot of hard work, but this great effort makes downtown Fargo feel more vibrant and like a destination.”
— Visitor Testimonial
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People gathered with old friends and made new ones while making s'mores and drinking mulled wine by the fire pits.

People gathered with old friends and made new ones while making s'mores and drinking mulled wine by the fire pits.

Dancers polkaed the night away with live music by Matt and the Dakota Dutchmen.

Dancers polkaed the night away with live music by Matt and the Dakota Dutchmen.

Folkways aims to bring people together from ages 8 to 80 in multigenerational settings. From crafts for kids to polka dancing, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

“Christkindlmarkt was a picture-perfect setting for an evening with my family. My kids roasted s’mores and challenged their grandparents to jenga matches. We enjoyed a new local beer while watching live performers and our kids danced to the music. Certainly, it created a lasting memory for all of us.”
— Visitor Testimonial
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Christkindlmarkts are holiday traditions for families around the world.

We hope that we can become a tradition for you too.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event on November 28th-December 1st.

The Christkindlmarkt was supported by Kilbourne Group, The Forum, Livewire, Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Sir Speedy, Prairie Petals, Unglued, Upper Hand Signs, Robert Gibb and Sons, Dakota Timber Company, and Bear’s Tree Service.

Posted on December 11, 2017 .