Sister Bay, Wis. (November 2, 2022) — The Sister Bay Historical Society has announced the dates for its 2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas market. Once again, Christkindlmarkt will take place on three subsequent weekends in November and December, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This year’s dates are Nov. 25–27, Dec. 2–4, and Dec. 9–11.
Like the highly popular Christkindlmarkt events throughout northern Europe, Christkindlmarkt Door County showcases vendors selling handcrafted, locally-made goods, plus food booths selling unique German and Nordic fare and drinks. The 2021 Christkindlmarkt Door County was hugely popular and drew over 10,000 enthusiastic visitors. Besides the Sister Bay Historical Society, the event’s main sponsors are Nicolet National Bank and Door County Medical Center.
The event will again be held at the Corner of the Past Museum, a beautiful recreation of a pioneer homestead in the late 19th century. The vendors include photographers, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, beekeepers, and glass blowers, plus makers of tree ornaments, wreaths, maps, candy, glassware, clothing, hats, socks, cutting boards, furniture, toys, candles, leather goods, puzzles, health and wellness products, and more. Christkindlmarkt will also include The Bookshop, a bookstore featuring books by 15 well-known Door County authors, an outdoors wreath-making station by The Simple Solution, and an on-site gift-wrapping station managed by three Door County nonprofits.
Four Door County chefs will serve reasonably-priced Northern European entrees, side dishes and desserts in a ‘food court’ inside the property’s large Koessl Barn. Christkindlmarkt events always
feature hot mulled red wine, known as Glühwein in Germany and Austria, and Glögg in Sweden. The Historical Society will serve Glühwein in a special ‘drinks hut’ that will also serve Wisconsin craft beers, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. Anderson House, the refurbished 1875 home on the museum property, will again feature the popular pop-up bakery that debuted at the 1st annual event, and will offer a wide array of decorated cookies, cardamom coffeecake, pecan rolls, pies, and other baked goods.
“There were more than 10,000 attendees at the 2021 Christkindlmarkt,” said Fred Johnson, president of the Sister Bay Historical Society, “proving the concept is a great match with our visitors’ expectations. We’ve spent the past year applying what we learned to this 2nd annual version of the event, especially traffic flow and parking.”
Live Christmas music at this year’s Christkindlmarkt will be performed in the event’s Food Barn on the Barn Stage. Gibraltar Area School’s choir and concert band, under the direction of Mary Bondeson and Charlie Eckhardt, respectively, will perform from 12:00-2:00 pm on Saturdays (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10). On both Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10) from 3:00-5:00 pm,
David Watkins, the renowned vintage music DJ, will play selections from his collection of rare and cool Christmas tunes (for more info and to hear sample sets, visit www.davidwatkinsdj.com). On other days and hours, recorded Christmas music will be a constant throughout the event’s property.
Corner of the Past Museum is located at the corner of Fieldcrest Rd. and Hwy 57 in Sister Bay (10310 Fieldcrest Rd.). Attendee event parking is at three nearby Sister Bay locations, each with a large parking lot: the former Shopko Hometown (2541 S. Bay Shore Dr.). Stella Maris Catholic Church (2410 S. Bay Shore Dr.), and First Baptist Church of Sister Bay (2622 S. Bay Shore Dr.). Throughout the day and evening, trolleys will continuously ferry attendees from the nearby parking lots to the event, bringing people quickly back to their vehicles on a regular schedule.
For more information about Christkindlmarkt Door County, visit: doorcountychristmasmarket.com.