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A Regional

Holiday Event

 December

4-7, 2014

Downtown

Barrington, IL

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

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

2014 Vendors

(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.

About ChristKindlFest

 

History

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.