Turner Hall of Monroe

Christkindlmarkt - 2014

(Old World Holiday Market)
Friday-Saturday, November 28 - 29, 2014
9 am - 4 pm

Shopping this year for the perfect gift in Switzerland, Germany or Austria won’t necessarily require a passport or an expensive plane ticket. All it takes is a visit to Turner Hall of Monroe’s annual Christkindlmarkt on the Friday and Saturday right after Thanksgiving, November 28 – 29, from 9 am – 4 pm.

Turner Hall's Christkindlmarkt will feature the work of select artisans and vendors, with unique, affordable and quality gifts. Shoppers will find a variety of items including fiber and fabric arts, candles, soaps, floral arrangements, rugs, jewelry, home decor and Christmas decorations as well as specifically European items such as Scherenschnitte (scissor cuttings), Kerbschnitte (chip-carving in wood), and Holzschnitte (wood-carvings) For a complete listing of this year's vendors, click here.

Samichlaus, Switzerland's version of St. Nick, will be making appearances at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm both days of the market, visiting with children and shoppers, and checking his large book of the year's past infractions! Children of all ages should be on the lookout for Samichlaus' partner, Schmutzli, who makes sure children haven't been too naughty during the year! You can see a video of Samichlaus and Schmutzli at a past Christkindlmarkt here.

The Old World ambiance of the Turner Hall of Monroe provides the perfect backdrop for this unique European-style Christmas market. The Christkindlmarkt, or literally translated, Christ-Child Market, is a traditional German Christmas market with origins dating back to the 14th century. One of the most famous and oldest markets, which was first officially recorded in 1628, is held annually in Nuremberg. Christkindlmarkts take place in many cities throughout Germany, attracting millions of visitors, as well as in areas of the United States where immigrants brought the tradition with them.

Also part of the market, a European-style café, including homemade Swiss baked goods and treats from Turner Hall's Ratskeller Restaurant, will offer Christkindlmarkt shoppers a chance to relax and take in the holiday atmosphere. For a larger menu selection, the lower level Ratskeller Restaurant will also be open for lunch and dinner during both days of the market.

Treat yourself to the experience this year, and you'll want to make the Christkindlmarkt one of your holiday shopping traditions every year!

    Listing of 2014 Christkindlmarkt Vendors

  • BJ's Stitch 'n' Such - fabric items: baby items, bags, runners, etc.
  • China Painting - beautiful hand-painted china; a variety of items
  • Chip Carving by Steve Esser & Gottlieb Brändli, Sr. - carved wood ornaments and more
  • Chip Carvings by Horst Hart - wood items featuring the European art of Kerbschnitte
  • Crocheted Blankets - handmade by Karen Kennison
  • European Bake Sale - baked goods made by the Monroe Swiss Singers
  • Falling Coconuts - handmade cards, journals, ornaments, bunting flags
  • Hoop-di-doo - Swiss-themed Scrabble jewelry, knit items, wool dryer balls
  • Hope Hollow Creations - fused glass art, spoon rests, candle holders, coasters, platters
  • Karen's Krafts - unique hand-painted items; embroidered/appliqued shirts
  • Kathy's Country Dreams - doll clothes, etched glass, double-crocheted towels, etc.
  • Kreative Keepsakes - baby booty treasures, quillows, by Robin Schubert
  • Kline's Kitchen/New Glarus Bakery - pastries, bars, Stollen, cookies
  • Jason Kundert Woodworking - handmade wood items
  • Mindy's Country Crafts - bird feeders, metal animal lawn ornaments, windchimes
  • Misty Meadows Dairy - goat milk soap/lotion and watercolor note cards
  • Orange Kitten Yarn - handcrafted knit items, jewelry, Christmas ornaments
  • Papa's Creations - wood crafts by Ed Gerner
  • Piranga Candles, LLC - highly fragrant soy candles and accessories
  • Quilted Crafts Plus - quilted runners, banners, aprons by Sue Rentmeester
  • Rag Rugs - handmade by Betty Peterson, with crocheted caps and other items
  • Riese Family - Christmas cards, cross-stitch & crochet by Denise, Stephanie & Randy
  • Scherenschnitte - European art of scissors cuttings by Elda and Linda Schiesser
  • Sewing in Circles - fabric bowls, sling purses, button bracelets
  • Snip-It - scissors cuttings, jewelry and ornaments
  • Turner Hall Fundraising Sales - table accents & serving pieces; re-gifting items
  • Three Friends Jewelry - hand-crafted jewelry with a Swiss or Christmas theme
  • Up-a-Creek Dairy Goats - hand-crafted soaps and lotions made with goat milk
  • Usborne Books & More - educational, activity & fiction books for children
  • Warmest Mittens by Char - Swiss-themed and other mittens made with upcyled materials
  • Woodcarvings by Ernst Possner - handcarved figures, bowls, other small items

The Christkindlmarkt, as well as other programs during 2014, is part of Turner Hall's on-goingSwiss Heritage Series. More information on the Swiss Heritage Series is available here.