German Christmas Market-- Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt
Come and visit the first annual Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt the weekend of December 11-13th. The market will be open from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, Dec. 11th and from 11am to 9pm on Saturday, December 12th. The official opening ceremony, which includes the lighting of the tree, the introduction of the Concordia Christkind, and a performance by the Saint Paul Chamber Choir, is on Friday at 6pm. The event’s closing concert will be on Sunday, December 13th, at 3pm in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia. COME SHARE THE LIGHT!
This will be a traditional German Christmas Market--Christkindlesmarkt--with stands and stalls decorated with lights and greenery, with live performances throughout the day and evening, vendors with all kinds of specialty wares, and activities for children. Vendors will be selling a variety of things, including handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, candles, glassworks, metal works, food, drink and much, much more! You can shop for unique and unusual gifts and at the same time support your local community. In addition to lots of shopping, you can also purchase traditional food at the market, including Bavarian pretzels, roasted nuts, crepes, waffles, Bratwurst, and much, much more! You will also be able to purchase hot drinks in the traditional Glühwein mugs, either with the Christmas market logo, or the hand-sketched color drawing of the city of Concordia on it. Kinderpunsch (children’s hot punch) and hot chocolate will be available for all.
KC Bier Co., a brewery in Kansas City, is one of the sponsors of the market, and they will be serving several of their authentic German-style bier brewed with 100% German malt and hops. Jürgen, one of the brewery’s partners from Germany will be making his specialty Glühwein (sweet hot mulled wine), the most popular and traditional hot drink of the German Christmas markets. 1832 Distilling will be selling a signature version of a German Eierpunsch, which is another warm drink popular at the German Christmas markets. (Alcohol will be served inside a fenced area of the market.)
Specifically, for children, there will be a coloring contest and a scavenger hunt. The Concordia Christkind, will also have a story time with the children, telling both THE Christmas story as well as other Christmas fairytales. Children can also come and try their hand at decorating candles (great gifts for parents and grandparents), decorating a gingerbread house, and can even have a visit with St. Nikolaus! We hope to have carriage-sleigh rides (still pending availability) with the Concordia Christkind or St. Nikolaus to be available during specific times, in addition to other family activities. The Concordia Christkind will do the drawing for the grand prize of the scavenger hunt, and to receive this drawing, the child must be present at the closing concert on December 13th.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to celebrating Saint Paul's German heritage with you!
The first annual Concordia Christkind contest has opened!
The Concordia Christkind will be the hightlight of the opening ceremony of the Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt. This young lady will be chosen by a panel of judges, after submitting essays and undergoing an interview. She wears a beautiful elaborate costume and sparkly crown (see the pictures below) and she will be followed by many children as she processes from Main Street to the market stage for her grand prologue she delivers to the citizens of Concordia. Children will receive gifts from her and they will also be a big part of the opening ceremony. She will be present at the Christkindlesmarkt throughout most of Saturday, and available for pictures at the special photo booth. Normally, this person also visits nursing homes and hospitals, but this year, due to Covid, that will not be happening.
Judges will interview the finalists the evening of Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. The chosen Concordia Christkind will be announced at the end of the evening. There will be one 2020 Concordia Christkind and one alternate, should the winner become ill and unable to fulfill her required obligations.
International / All School Alumni Reunion
*In light of the concerns around COVID-19, we will need to postpone the All School International Reunion scheduled for June 25th-28th. We will plan on having a reunion in June of 2021. Anyone who has paid registration fees will be credited for the 2021 reunion. It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. We appreciate your patience during these uncertain times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Please keep Saint Paul in your prayers.