Look for the Christkindl Market in downtown Bryan to open for the season beginning next weekend.
Modeled on a traditional German Christmas market, Bryan’s Christkindl Market opens on Friday, Nov. 25 (the day after Thanksgiving) and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 4-8 p.m. Then the market is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8 p.m. through Dec. 17.
This is the second year for the open-air, European-style Christmas bazaar, with handmade Christmas ornaments and unique holiday gifts displayed in tastefully decorated, colorful holiday kiosks set up on the lawn around the courthouse this year.
The event organizers, the Bryan Development Foundation (BDF), along with the presenting sponsor, the Bryan Area Foundation Community Impact Fund, are planning to build on the success of the first Christkindl held last year.
“The inaugural 2021 Christkindl Market was a great success, accomplishing our goals and exceeding our expectations” according to Russ Davies, President of the BDF and Chairman of the Market. “With our presenting sponsor, the Bryan Area Foundation Community Impact Fund, we are making a new addition for 2022, and tweaking a few items from last year, all to better our visitor’s experience.”
The market will again feature 12 market chalets, offering a range of products from independent, local, small businesses. Last year the chalets were arranged in a single boulevard at West High and Lynn Streets, but this year they’re located along the sidewalks in the courthouse lawn between the courthouse and the street.
Vendors that are returning to the market this year are: Bonnie’s Christmas Cottage, Nutcracker Suite, Dick’s Woodworks, Everyday Books, ElliAnn’s Seasonal Chalet, Spangler Candy Cane Cottage and Chalk Couture.
New vendors this year are Anthony & Co. Hand Poured Soy Candles, Kathleen & Friends Christmas Kitchen, Holly Jolly Christmas Shop, Beads, Baubles & Pretty Things and Military Masterpiece.
New this year are four warming stations, with propane heaters placed around the Courthouse lawn to provide visitors a chance to warm up in between visits to Santa, shopping among the chalets and enjoying the activities and entertainment options.
There is no admission to the market and free entertainment this year includes carolers, ice carving, choirs, bands, children’s games and a visit from Sant’a very own reindeer.
Davies said the BDF will be working hand-in-hand with the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, which traditionally hosts horse and wagon rides, the traditional Santa Parade and a visit by Santa Claus himself.
Santa has a long tradition of beginning his evening by singing carols with eagerly waiting families while he makes his way to his house on the north side of the square. While at his house, Santa will be visiting with children who can share all their Christmas wishes.
Another collaboration this year is the addition of the Memorial Christmas Tree. The large, live evergreen on the Courthouse grandstand will be a place to hang ornaments dedicated to love ones who have passed.
Pick up a wooden ornament from the Bryan Development Foundation booth at the market, add a loved one’s name and hang it on the Memorial Tree.
Bryan restaurants downtown will be offering a great selection of German and Christmas market inspired foods like bratwurst, pretzels, mulled wine, hot cocoa and more. And Holly Jolly Christmas shops of West Unity will be roasting cinnamon almonds, ﬁlling the air with a delicious aroma.
“The Bryan Area Foundation Community Impact Fund is proud to sponsor this event. The community’s response last year was outstanding, and the market brought people from all over to experience the wholesome, nostalgic-ﬁlled, family experience, not to mention the opportunity to shop for Christmas” says Amy Miller, Bryan Area Foundation President and CEO. “Bryan restaurants and retail businesses beneﬁted from the extra foot traffic.”