Both the Christkindlmarket and Naper Lights opened the day after Thanksgiving, filling Naper Settlement with many new and returning visitors.
Naper Settlement’s President and CEO Rena Calabrese explains, “it really exceeded all of our expectations. I don’t believe that either Christkindlmarket, Naper Lights or the Settlement anticipated the kind of welcoming that Christkindlmarket has been given here in the suburbs. We don’t have exact numbers, but conservative estimates leads us to about between 25,000 and 30,000 this weekend, that’s what we were anticipating perhaps for the entire run.”
Open Thursdays through Sundays till Christmas Eve, with special hours closer to Christmas, admittance to the market is free, and so is parking in the Naper Settlement lot and many other lots in downtown.
“You park once, you come to Christkindlmarket, you see the Naper Lights, and then you shop everywhere. Help our community be strong, help our local markets and our local merchants do well this holiday season,” added Calabrese.
For $5, visitors can tour the Settlement’s Martin Mitchell Mansion, which is decorated for the holidays.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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