The Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt is a German Christmas Market!
Known by many names, the traditional German Christmas market is an outdoors street festival associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany in the 1300s and are now held in many countries. Pennsylvania, with our influx of German settlers, is home to several successful markets.
The Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas German Market, will bring handmade craft vendors, German food, a living nativity, live music and dance, and traditional German culture to the Village of Linglestown. This festival will be a great place for Christmas gifts, entertainment, and will showcase businesses of Lower Paxton along wit
The Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt, a Christmas German Market, will bring handmade craft vendors, German food, a living nativity, live music and dance, and traditional German culture to the Village of Linglestown. This festival will be a great place for Christmas gifts, entertainment, and will showcase businesses of Lower Paxton along with select invited hand-crafted vendors.
Based on previous events managed by the event committee, we expect over 5,000 people to attend this year's event.
Christkindlmarkt in Linglestown (Harrisburg, Dauphin County) follows in the footsteps of Christkindlmarkts in Mifflinburg, Bethlehem, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in PA, and throughout the nation and world.
With easy access off of I81, it is not far from Hershey, Carlisle, Lebanon, Lancaster, York PA
After organizing both the Lower Paxton and Linglestown 250th Anniversary Celebrations, our event chairperson, Polly Murphy, mentioned holding a Christkindlmarkt as she has loved attending them around the country. In 2018, her dream became a reality as a group of dedicated volunteers came together to begin planning our inaugural event.
Founded in 2019, the Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt is a project of the Lower Paxton Community Foundation. With many small and local businesses selling a diverse array of quality, handmade art and wares, the Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt is a one-stop winter wonderland with eclectic gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Christmas markets have been a German tradition since at least the mid 1500s. Seasonal markets were held in Germany year around. Christmas markets were an especially joyous, anticipated event, as they brought light and and laughter to a cold, dark season.
Each town had a unique market. Local tradesmen sold their wares at the market, which gave each market an individual flavor. Food and beverages served were produced in the region, so each town’s offerings were a little different. Tradesmen lined the streets with handmade wares, displaying distinctive regional characteristics.
Christmas markets, known as Christkindlmarkts, were a festive meeting place for people. Villagers bought and sold homemade Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts. Traditional German handicrafts at the markets included hand carved nutcrackers, wooden smokers, wooden figures, cuckoo clocks, straw ornaments and blown glass ornaments.
Religious reformer Martin Luther played a major role in our current Christmas customs. Luther instituted new Christmas gift giving traditions. Before Luther, the exchange of Christmas presents took place on the Saint Days of St.. Nicholas (December 6) or St. Martin (November 11). The tradition of giving gifts to children on Christmas became a boon to the Markets.
Martin Luther suggested that children receive presents from “The Christ Child”, Christkindl. German Christmas Markets are called Christkindlmarkt.
The Christkindl delivers presents to children on Christmas. Christkindl is a romantic, fairy like being, dressed in white and gold, with golden hair topped by a golden crown. Christkindl is the German equivalent of Santa Claus.
Towns, cities and villages across Germany celebrate unique Christkindlmarkts. The markets in Munich, Berlin, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Frankfort, Baden Baden and every other town serve different foods and sell different handcrafted wares that are specialties of the region. Larger cities, such as Munich, have more than one market.
Christmas markets are a delightful way to begin holiday festivities. The crisp, cold air fills with the fragrance of sizzling sausages, sweet pastries, spices and hot spiced gluhwein. Booths sell sweet treats, such as chocolates, cakes, pastries, cookies and candies. Music of Christmas fills the air, in preparation for Christmas.
Christmas markets are preparation for the Holy Christmas day. The days following Christmas are a time for family gatherings and holiday meals.
Today’s markets are much the same as they have been for hundreds of years. The crowds at the German Christmas markets today are likely much bigger than they were hundreds of years ago, but the markets are still a warm, friendly gathering place and a festive part of the Christmas holidays.
Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt
The Lower Paxton Christkindlmarkt is a project of the Lower Paxton Community Foundation. The Lower Paxton Community Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service.
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