16th Annual Christkindlmarkt

The heady aroma of authentic Bavarian specialty foods & an incredible array of Christmas wares of over 150 vendors includes antiques, quality hand-crafted & primitives for the public at Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt on Saturday, Nov. 16 (9AM - 5PM) and Sunday, Nov. 17 (10AM - 4PM). There is no admission charge & Forest Park High School will serve as the hub locations for the free shuttle service. Live, free musical entertainment will be offered both days at the Forest Park locations, including the amazing Marionette Theater with half life size puppets at 1:30PM and 3:30PM Saturday, and at 11:30AM and 1:30PM on Sunday. The Black Forest Organ grinder will greet guests at the Community Center both days as well. The live Glockenspiel performances, under the direction of Chuck Bradley, will perform at 11AM, noon & 1PM on both Saturday & Sunday on the Music Café stage at the Forest Park location. The Christkindl herself appears on Christkindlmarkt Eve, November 15th, at the markt’s annual opening ceremonies. This ceremony, free & open to the public, begins at 6:30PM on the west hillside of the Monastery Immaculate Conception. Dinner with entertainment follows. Reservations & ticket required. Tickets for the dinner are $28.