The City of Cullman celebrates German roots with Christkindlmarkt Dec. 17-18

Many vendor stalls light up the Warehouse District welcoming holiday shoppers (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman hosted its first German-themed Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) on Friday, sponsored by the Town of Cullman. The German theme is an homage to Cullman’s German heritage, much like the Weihnachtspyramide, which has been assembled and displayed next to the Cullman County Museum for the past three years. The Christkindlmarkt is an open-air shopping experience and featured live entertainment from the Civic Ballet Company and local theatre groups, as well as music from local bands. Holly Jolly Spirits served authentic Glühwein mulled wine and hot chocolate. Wurstgrill served authentic currywurst.

The shop vendors were Gingham Girl, Brickyard Meats, Leldon’s Wooden Art, Leldon’s/Katie Elise Designs, Milly’s Pet Bakery, Borth Naturals, Clay & Pine, Bobbi & Brie, Fancier Leather Goods, Middle of Nowhere, Down the Beaten Path Designs, Donna’s Brittle, Mavens & Makers, Christmas in Cullman Gift Shop and Holly Jolly Spirits.

The food vendors included Devil Dawgs Concessions, Brix & Embers wood-fired pizza and the CHS Shooting Team. In Santa’s Village, kids took pictures with Santa and made ornaments in his workshop.

The name “Christkindlmarkt” is based on the “Christkind,” a fairy-like being dressed in gold and white. The folklore stems from traditional customs of parades during the holiday season being guided by one “grand” angel, the Christkind. She is the bearer of gifts to most children in Germany, much like Santa is to kids in the United States.

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