The folks at Park Edelweiss are at it again! After four years of attempting to imitate a German Christkindel Markt at Headwaters Park the Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor has decided to retreat inside for their new Christmas Mart at their local home, Park Edelweiss. The thought of preserving a bit of the cultural heritage of so many Fort Wayne residents was a great idea. The Headwaters Park location was centrally located and the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend was a time when many people did not have to work. But the wintery Fort Wayne weather did not cooperate and the people did not come. And so, the market will be held in the warm indoors.

Many of the German Christmas traditions will still be preserved. St. Nikolaus, the original Santa Claus, will be on hand to greet visitors and for photographs. Fresh German breads and pastries and German almonds will be available. Shoppers may feast on glühwein, a hot, spiced red wine that is always a part of German Christkindel Markts, while they browse the many gift items displayed. Bratwurst and potato salad will be available for lunch.

Brightly colored nutcrackers, which originated in the hills of the old German coal-mining towns, will grace one vendor’s table, with an opportunity to special order many of the genuine collector’s Steinbach nutcrackers and smoking men figures. Inge glass ornaments and Reichenbach porcelain will also be available.

A total of 40 vendors’ tables will provide a variety of additional unique gift items including original woodcarvings from Bethlehem, hand-crafted items from 30 different countries, knitted and crocheted items, wooden clocks, etchings, computer drawings of Fort Wayne, Polish pottery, jewelry, wall hangings, and many, many more.

A three-foot tall nutcracker, a huge basket of German goodies, and a beautiful floral centerpiece will be raffled off during the market.

Tickets will be available to purchase—$1.00 and three for $5.00.

The market will take place Saturday, November 18, at Park Edelweiss, 3355 Elmhurst Drive, not far from Elmhurst High School. Guests will be welcome from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, when the winners of the raffle will be announced.

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