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International Food & Drink  •  Live Music & Entertainment  •  Live Reindeer

Unique Hand-Crafted Merchandise  •  Kids’ Activities  •  Carnival Rides & More

Downtown
Barrington, IL

In the Harris Bank parking lot
(Between Grove Avenue and South Cook & Station Streets)

Metra Accessable

Parking Available

December
4-7, 2014

Thursday
10:00 am — 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am — midnight
Saturday
10:00 am — midnight
Sunday
11:00 am — 5:00 pm

live music & entertainment

Thursday

3:00 — 6:00 pm

The Johnny Wagner Band

The Johnny Wagner Band

Enjoy an eclectic blend of traditional Bavarian, Austrian and Slovenian styles of polka music, as well as authentic rock & roll, country, jazz, and swing.

Thursday

8:30 11:00 pm

American English

The world’s premier Beatles tribute band, performing songs covering the entire Beatles career from 1963 to 1970, with meticulous attention to every musical detail.

Friday

8:30 11:00 pm

Wester Sky Band

Western Sky Band

Delivering all the “Top 40″ Country hits as well as favorites from the likes of Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.

Saturday

8:30 11:00 pm

Think Floyd

America’s #1 Pink Floyd tribute band, delivering all the sights and sounds you’d expect from what Full Throttle Magazine called, “The best Pink Floyd tribute anywhere.”

food, drinks & shops

(More Vendors Coming Soon)

Alpine Products

Offering hand painted Austrian 24K gold Christmas ornaments, hand blown Austrian glass ornaments, Austrian Nativity scenes, Coisterwork ornaments and polish pottery.

Chocolate Enrapture

Selling christmas themed truffles, pecan and macadamia turtles, chocolate bars, salted caramel, caramel pecan chocolate apples, nut and fruity chocolate bark, peppermint bark, pretzel rods, turtle apple wedges, chocolate dipped oreos and marshmallows and gourmet gift baskets.

Brunkow Cheese

A 4th generation artisan cheesemaker from rural Wisconsin, featuring 8 flavors of Finnish cheese with a sweet, crispy exterior and a rich, buttery inside, served warm. Also serving warm honey crisp apple cider.

Honey Bee Enterprises

Offering natural products in the tradition of Germany and Bavaria, like french Lavender Honey from Provence, dark forest honey, creamy mixtures of Hazelnut and Ginger Christmas-Honey and Swarovski jewelry.

Universal Ark

Selling hand crafted wares, demonstrating a genuine appreciation for one of a kind original paintings and distinctive, beautiful jewelry, comprised of beads from all over the world.

My Perennial

Offering specialty items for Women, children and the home, featuring delightfully modern hats, Christmas stockings and hair accessories.  

Pallay Crafts

Seling ethnic hats, animal hats, ethnic purses, and scarves  

Amber Treasures

Selling finely crafted, distinctive Amber & Silver Jewelry from some of the world’s finest designers. They offer a variety of styles and designs directly from Poland.

The Dancing Wolf

Selling handmade wooden arts and crafts, specializing in animal sculptures.

The Nut Hut

Serving cinnamon roasted nuts.

tuba christmas

Join the community sing-along, Saturday, December 6th at 12:00 noon.

To participate as a musician, click “register today” button.

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about the festival


History of the ChristKindl Market

The Barrington, IL ChristKindl Holiday Festival was inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindl Festival brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Barington, IL, just outside Chicago in the northwest suburbs. Built on the local tradition of producing tinsel angels, the market had a young girl in an angel costume open the city’s Christmas Market for the first time. The crowned, golden-haired girl, known as the Christkindl Fairy is still the symbol of Christkindl markets today.

A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe where markets called Nikolausdult were held. At these markets, farmers came to town to shop and offer their wares. The oldest recorded market dates to 1310 in Munich, Germany. These early markets were usually held in front of churches and were looked at as part of a church visit.

The reformation of the church in the 16th century brought changes to the Christmas markets. Nikolaus was replaced by the Christkindl (Christchild) as the gift giver and the Nikolaus markets became Christkindl markets. Now mostly held on a town square throughout Germany and many other cities throughout the world, Christkindl markets sell food, drink and seasonal items from open-air stalls.  Entertainment includes traditional singing and dancing.

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