3rd Annual Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt | Friday December 9th - Saturday, December 10th
Everyone is invited to attend the 3rd Annual Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt on the 40-acre campus of Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO on Friday, December 9th from 4:00-8:00pm and Saturday, December 10th from 11:00am-7:00pm. The event will be entirely outdoors. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, December 9th at 6:00pm. The 2021 Christkindlesmarkt saw nearly 3,000 visitors! We'd love to welcome back old vendors, add new vendors, and continue to grow this spectacular event! If you haven't been to this event before, here's a 3-minute video with some highlights from Day 1 of the 2021 Christkindlesmarkt.
Vendor Application: Our 2022 Application for Market Space Rental is available in a fillable PDF form with the option to pay the booth rental fee through Square, making the process easier for YOU! Booth spaces are 12x12 and each booth contains one 110 electrical outlet. Goods sold must be handmade or handcrafted (no direct sales companies allowed).
Applications and Payment received by November 28th qualify for the standard rate of $100. Any applications turned in after November 28th have a $125 fee.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Different sponsorship levels are available for companies or individuals who wish to be a sponsor of this event. View the different sponsorship levels and what they include in this flyer. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please fill out our form here or email us at ChristmasMarket@splhs.org.
Main Stage Entertainment: We are looking for a variety of groups and individuals to perform on the main stage including various choral (mixed, women, men, youth, children, etc.), brass, percussion, dance, folk, guitar, etc.. We are especially looking for quality groups performing Christmas music.
There is no fee to perform, however, we do request that you submit a short video of a live performance to determine whether your performance is appropriate for the market's festive and family-friendly atmosphere. The entire market and stage is outdoors, so you will need to provide your own sound equipment, if you wish to use it. Times are arranged in 30-minute segments, which includes set-up and take-down time.
To submit a video and apply for a performance at the Christkindlesmarkt, or to request more information, please contact us at ChristmasMarket@splhs.org.
Christkind: One of the highlights of the German markets-the tradition of the Christkind. Literally "Christ Child," this angel-like figure presides over the Christmas market, greeting attendees, giving gifts to children, and bringing Christmas cheer to all.
Girls in grades 8-12 who attend a Concordia school or who are homeschooled within the district are encouraged to apply. There is one required essay and no entrance fee. The chosen 2022 Concordia Christkind will receive $200 prize money. Applications must be submitted by November 21st, semi-finalists will be interviewed on or near December 1st, and the Christkind will be selected that evening.
Concordia Bank is generously sponsoring all of the activities and responsibilities surrounding the Christkind.
Download the application HERE.
Coloring Contest: Children through the age of 14 are able to enter this year's coloring contest! Print off and color the image for the appropriate age division and turn it in at the Information Booth at the Christkindlesmarkt on Friday, December 9th or Saturday, December 10th. The deadline for entry is 3:00pm on Saturday, December 10th. Winners will be announced Saturday, December 10th at 6:00pm at the Main Stage. Must be present to win. A prize for each age division will be awarded.
The coloring page features Saint Nikolaus. Each year on December 6th, Germans remember the death of Nikolaus of Myra (now the Anatolia region of modern Turkey), who died on that day in 346. He was a Greek Christian bishop known for miracles and giving gifts secretly, and is now the patron saint of little children, sailors, merchants and students.
Children 5 & under page | Children ages 6-10 page | Children ages 11-14 page
Christmas Concert | Sunday, December 11th
Come hear the Singing Saints Concert Choir and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia. You'll hear many traditional favorites including "Angels We Have Heard on High," "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," "Lirum Lirum," and more from the concert choir and familiar melodies from the Chamber Orchestra including excerpts from Corelli's "Christmas Concerto" and "I Wonder as I Wander." The concert will be live-streamed through stpaulsconcordia.org.