ELLINWOOD —Celebrating its German Heritage, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce announces the inaugural Christkindlmarket, which will be held on Dec. 1. The event will include an afternoon of shopping, arts, crafts and food vendors. During the evening, guests can enjoy a traditional abenbrot dinner or evening meal, the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, a living Nativity, St. Nicholas and Christmas Carols by local choirs.
From 2 to 5 p.m., merchants will be open and vendors will be scattered throughout the shopping district (this includes Main Street, Santa Fe, and side streets).
At 5 p.m., the community is encouraged to gather at Wolf Park on Main Street, where, joined by area choirs, we will sing Christmas Carols, leading up to the lighting of a large Christmas tree that will be placed in the band shell.
After the tree is illuminated, attendees, led by the choirs, will proceed to the American Legion Park, where we will light the evergreen that sits on the property.
In addition to lighting the tree, there will be a Living Nativity, traditional German Sankt Nikolaus (Santa Claus) and a variety of concessions including hot cocoa, wassail, apple cider and other holiday treats and eats.
The activities at the American Legion will last from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizations, schools, churches, businesses, and vendors are encouraged to participate.
While in Ellinwood, the chamber encourages our guests to drive around town and enjoy the Nativity scenes that are being displayed, an effort of the Tri-Circle.