Christkindlmarkt to showcase German heritage

Photos by Jacob Wiegand/The Herald
Forest Park junior Nicholas Sutherlin, back row, from left, freshman Nathan Jarboe, sophomore Alex Powers, sophomore Abby Eckert, junior Jimmy Lutz and front row, senior Erika Uebelhor and senior Samantha Jarboe waved Tuesday as they practiced their Glockenspiel performance in Ferdinand. The performance is set for 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. on both days at the Musik Café located in the market at Forest Park.


FERDINAND — The town of Ferdinand will be on full display this weekend for the 20th annual Christkindlmarkt.

Christkindlmarkt — German for “Christmas market” — will be held at several locations around town on Saturday and Sunday, but will officially begin when Christkindl, a Christmas Angel, appears at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the west hillside of Monastery Immaculate Conception. Children will light the way to a markt where trumpeters will herald, and the Sisters of St. Benedict Bell Choir will perform. The opening ceremony is open to the public, and the Sisters of St. Benedict will host a bake sale after the event.

A 7 p.m. dinner following the opening ceremony, which will benefit the Sisters of St. Benedict, is already a sellout.

Christkindlmarkt was created to give Ferdinand and surrounding towns tourism during the fall and winter months.

“It was a way to showcase Ferdinand in a way for years, yet be unique as well,” said Diane Hoppenjans, a Ferdinand Tourism member and creator of the Christkindlmarkt.

Voted one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, Christkindlmarkt is expected to bring in 8,000 to 10,000 people.

The event consists of six markets, or markts, with more than 200 booths that sell food, Christmas wares, antiques and hand-crafted items. Each market will have a different theme, and each will sell items unique to that theme.

The locations of the markets are: the Ferdinand Community Center, Forest Park Junior-Senior High School, the Tri-County YMCA, the Ferdinand American Legion Post 425, Ferdinand Elementary School, and the Monastery event center. The markets will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking is free and there will be a free shuttle service at Forest Park that travels to all six locations.

There will be a live Glockenspiel performance at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. on both days at the Musik Café located in the market at Forest Park. Other live performances at the Musik Café include: the Melchior Marionettes, Strings Inc., St. Ferdinand Catholic Church Children’s Choir, Amelia Lutz, Bethany Boeglin, Jamison Denning, Haley Lorey, Jimmy Lutz, Anissa Bradley, Hillary Cremeens, Ray Major, and Jeff Frankum.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Celebration Singers will perform their Christmas-themed show, “Sounds of the Season,” at the St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. On Sunday at 3 p.m. the Sisters of St. Benedict will also host a free concert at Monastery Immaculate Conception Church.

Six wineries from around Indiana will be at three markets selling wine by the bottle and by the crate. Winzerwald Winery and Carousel Winery will be located at the Tri-County YMCA, Monkey Hollow Winery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery will be located at the Monastery event hall, and Mystique Winery will be located at the Ferdinand American Legion Post 425.

There will be food available at all six markets, and each will have something different.

“No matter where (customers) are, there will be something to satisfy their hunger,” Hoppenjans said.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-968-4578.

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