Naperville’s Christkindlmarket 2016

Naper Settlement rang in the holidays today with the opening of Christkindlmarket, bringing the town back to its roots.

“This was a town that was created by German and Scottish immigrants, and so what better way to join them, 500 years as Christkindl started in the 1500’s in Germany and it’s 2016 and here we are still with those German roots, good and strong,” said Rena Calabrese, President and CEO of Naper Settlement. “We’re doing right by Caroline Martin Mitchell who donated this land, and who would have thought that one day in her apple orchard, she would have been welcoming thousands of people from all around the state to do exactly what she said ‘to be for the public good,’ and that’s what were here to do.”

This is the first year Naperville will host the German Market, as its prior location was in Oak Brook.

The transformation of nearly 15,000 square feet included about 40 vendors selling everything from ornaments, roasted almonds, and more.

“We have stuffed animals of all different kinds which are made of mule hair, which is alpaca hair, and we also have baby and kids stuff which is more soft and cuddly, plush,” said Lindsay Jackson vendor at Christkindlmarket.

The free holiday event that will run through Christmas Eve brought out hundreds of people young and old, from all over the state for its first day.

“I like seeing the different types of food and I also like the ornaments,” said visitor, Maddie Jones.

There will be lots of festival activities in the next few weeks and live performances and Christkind visits will be held on Sundays.

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