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Ready for some Yuletide Cheer!
Eighth Annual Christkindlmarket scheduled for Sunday
Ellinwood resident Mike Westerman dons his St. Nikolaus attire at the 2019 Christkindlmarket in Ellinwood. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Dec. 6.

ELLINWOOD — The 8th annual Christkindlmarket Holiday Boutique Crawl will be held Sunday, Dec. 6.

“This is a perfect time to start your Christmas shopping,” said Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jordan Waite. “For our vendors, if you do not plan to participate in the events at Wolf Park, you are welcome to stay open till 5 p.m.” Waite said vendors will be located indoors in a few buildings on Main Street. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Ellinwood transforms into an authentic German holiday village brimming with traditional Christmas activities at the Annual Christkindlmarket. The roots of its heritage run deep in the community that was settled by Germans in the late 1800s.

For more information, contact Waite at 620-566-7353 or email Visit the chamber website at

Schedule of Events

​10 a.m.-2 p.m.- Ellinwood KAY Club presents Gingerbread House Decorating Event​. Bring your kids to Ellinwood School/Community Library, 210 N. Schiller, and have some fun decorating a Gingerbread House.

10:30-4:30 p.m.- Gather coffeehouse will be open for Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Lattes, Teas, Shakes, Lunch Panini Menu, Tacos, and Walking Tacos. Vendors will be set up from 1 - 5 p.m.

1-5 p.m.- Local merchants and a variety of vendors will be set up between The Historic Wolf Hotel and Wolf Park and Gather for your holiday shopping. Start your Christmas shopping early with our Merchants on Main Street and Vendors located at Historic Wolf Hotel, 1 N. Main and Gather, 19 N. Main. Todd Fox author of “Wolf’s Christmas” at Two Chicks and Some Old Bird, 106 N. Main. Bring the kids to Two Chicks and Some Old Bird and meet Todd Fox, author of Wolf’s Christmas’ grab a book plus, do some shopping while you’re there! Underground Tunnel Tours begin at 1 at p.m. Reserve your spot @ Check-in at the Ellinwood Emporium.

​2-3 p.m.- Bring your camera to Gather and take a photo with our German St. Nikolaus. The Gingerbread Village will be in Wolf Park on display for everyone to visit through the Holiday Season along with the Christmas Tree in the Band Shell.

5-5:15 p.m.
Christmas Tree Lighting in Wolf Park and the raffle drawing.
Ellinwood School/Community Library to participate in Christkindlmarket Sunday

The Ellinwood School/Community Library will participate in Christkindlmarket from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The local KAY Club will also be on hand to assist children creating gingerbread houses. All supplies will be provided. Santa Claus will also be reading Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett at 1 p.m.

Also scheduled at the library on Monday, Dec. 7 is the final Smithsonian Crossroads Event of 2020. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The theme will be “I would like to express my views: Kansans Write to Congress, 1960-1968.”

Topics and questions covered include:

• What concerns were on the minds of the people of Kansas at the midpoint of the 20th century?
• What challenges and opportunities did rural Kansans face and how did they see their future?

Drawing from historical documents from the archive of Kansas Senator Robert Dole, this presentation explores the concerns and views of everyday people in Kansas during the influential decade of the 1960s, a period of change for many Kansas communities, said Library Director Sheri Holmes.

“Like many of us do with members of Congress today, Kansans 50 years ago reached out to Senator Dole to share their opinions and their stories may sound familiar,” Holmes said. “We want to find out what was on their minds as we use letters, oral histories and photographs to learn more about the past’s view of the present.” The event will be presented by Audrey Coleman, Associate Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and Director of Museum and Archives.

A Zoom link will be posted on the library’s Facebook page on Monday. Visit For more information, contact the library office at 620-564-3136.