Weihnachtsmarkt 2016… Christmas Markets

Saturday, December 3 & 10  :  1:00-7:00 pm
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Weihnachtsmarkt – (pronounced Vy-noks-markt).  A Traditional Old World Open-Air Christmas Market dating back to 14th Century Germany, Austria, and South Tyrol. The Frontier Culture Museum will be host 3 Traditional Weihnachtsmarkt this Christmas season.

Please join us for Weihnachtsmarkt 2016 – Our version of the traditional, German-inspired “Christmas Market” with open air booths selling handcrafted artisan gifts.   Find that one-of-kind gift!  Shop over 2 dozen merchants and artisans with unique collectibles and ornaments, decorations, specialty items, apparel, jewelry & gifts.  There will be activities for the entire family including face-painting, craft workshops, traditional food, a movie, and living history on the Museum exhibits.

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Weihnachtsmarket is a traditional German Christmas Market held in almost every town in Germany and Austria to usher in the Advent season. Historical town squares form a backdrop to many markets. Streets, pedestrian malls, public buildings and shops are decorated with lights and Christmas trees and add to the beauty of the scenery. The oldest markets date back to the 14th and 15th century. The original purpose of these early markets was to stock up for the long winters, and to add a bit of light to the dark months. The first markets were certainly not as enchanting as they are these days. During the centuries these markets became a source to buy Christmas presents for children, and an opportunity for local craftsmen and artists to sell their work.

Weihnachtsmarkt Dates, Times, & Activities:

  • Black Friday, November 25 (Thanks for Coming… We had over 1,400 visitors!)
    • Museum Opens:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Pay What You Will – to visit all exhibits)
    • Christmas Market Hours: Noon-6:00 pm
    • Special Activities on the Museum’s Exhibits
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  • Traditional Primitive Dolls

    Saturday December 3 (Thanks for Coming)

    • ACS Charity 5K Race:  7:00-9:00 am
    • Museum Opens:  10:00 am-8:00 pm
    • Christmas Market Hours:  1:00-7:00 pm
    • Food by Das Frühstück:  10:00 am-8:00 pm
    • Children’s Holiday Workshop:  1:00-4:00 pm (pre-registration required)
    • Wreath Making: 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Caroling by the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro: 4:00-6:00 pm
    • Evening of Holiday Traditions Tours:  6:00-8:00 pm
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    These Snowmen Won’t Melt!

    Saturday December 10

    • Museum Opens:  10:00 am-8:00 pm
    • Christmas Market Hours:  1:00-7:00 pm
    • Food Service / Das Frühstück Guy:  10:00-8:00 pm
    • Children’s Holiday Workshop:  1:00-4:00 pm (pre-registration required)
    • Wreath Making: 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Movie – The Polar Express: 4:00-6:00 pm  (SOLD OUT)
    • Evening of Holiday Traditions Tours:  6:00-8:00 pm

Market Admission:  FREE – No charge to shop the Christmas markets, which will be located on the Museum’s patio.
Museum Admission: “PAY WHAT YOU WILL” – You decide how much you wish to pay to tour the Museum’s exhibits.

Here’s a sampling of the vendors and products:

 

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