truly old fashioned Christmas
Kristkindl Markt, Hermann
Do you deserve a stocking filled
with toys and candy or a bag of switches this year? Father Christmas
knows and he’ll bring the appropriate gift for sure!
of the persona known as Father Christmas began with a benevolent, quiet
man dressed in a hooded robe attending the winter festivals of Europe
and England, dating back to the 4th century A.D.
This year an authentic-looking Father Christmas, portrayed by Hermann
mail carrier Terry Black, will be roaming Hermann’s Kristkindl
Markt on Dec. 10 and 11, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. He will be
wearing a costume handmade by local designer Rebecca Rudiger.
resembles an old-world German holiday market featuring traditional
German arts, crafts, food, literature, costumed carolers, storytellers
and music of the season.
The Hermannhof Festhalle, where the event will be held, is located
at 237 E. First St. For directions or more details, contact Joan Treis
at (573) 252-4136.
Other December holiday festivities in Hermann include a Kristkindl
Markt at Stone Hill Winery’s pavilion on Dec. 3 and 4, as well
as the Weihnachtsfest, a traditional Christmas open house at the Deutschheim
State Historic Site on the same dates. All of these events are free
to the public.
Tours of Hermann’s historic homes decked out for the holidays
will be offered on Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a fee of $10 at
the Hermann Welcome Center.
For other December event listings in Hermann call 1-800-932-8687.