Don’t miss start of Christkindmarkt

FERDINAND — Imagine a Christmas angel appearing from the Gothic doors of an Old World monastery crypt. Imagine a live nutcracker waving a banner as he stands guard. Imagine the resounding chords of choirs singing, trumpeters heralding in the season and a bell choir of nuns performing angelic tunes.

Better yet, don’t imagine it, live it during the opening ceremonies for the 22nd annual Christkindmarkt at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on the west side lawn of Monastery Immaculate Conception In case of rain, the opening ceremonies will be held inside the Forest Park High School auditorium.

The Christkindl, or Christmas Angel, will appear (as she has done at traditional German Christkindlmarkts for over 500 years) and regale the assembled with her angelic, melodious voice. Children will light the way as trumpeters herald in the markt and the Sisters of St. Benedict Bell Choir will perform.

This outdoor Christkindlmarkt Eve event is free and open to all. A bake sale hosted by the Sisters of St. Benedict will take place immediately after inside the monastery crypt.

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