This November marks the 10th Year for the Canandaigua Christkindl Market! This event held on the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of decorated, heated tents brings together over 130 regional artisans and unique food vendors. German food (it’s about the food) along with traditional fare, and a beverage called “Gideon’s Grog”, was available while holiday music filled the air. (FUN FACT: The oldest recorded Christkindl market dates to 1310 in Munich, Germany)
The Christkindl Angel tradition started in Nuremberg in 1933 and is still the symbol of Christkindl markets today. A young girl is crowned as the Angel and reigns throughout the event. Young guests are able to meet the Christkindl Angel during the Christkindl Market weekend as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus who are waiting to greet them in Santa’s House. So much fun!
The fun doesn’t stop there! There’s an Elf School taught by local elves and our Christkindl Angel offers fun activities for the little ones. Elf School is open to all children at no cost. I may be short, but they still didn’t let me in.
Instead I enjoyed the Granger Homestead’s Festival of Trees. For a small additional fee, I could see decorated trees, wreaths and other seasonal decorations donated by local businesses, groups and individuals. I am getting into the Christmas Spirit now.