Kewaunee gets ready to kick off the holiday season with Christkindlmarkt, parade, county Christmas Stroll
KEWAUNEE – It's almost time for the holiday spirit to descend upon everyone, and the Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will help people get ready when it holds the 16th annual Christkindlmarkt and Holiday Parade of Lights next weekend.
Also getting the holiday gift-shopping season started across the county is another annual happening, the two-weekend Kewaunee County Christmas Stroll, a joint effort presented by the Kewaunee, Algoma and Luxemburg chambers of commerce that starts the same weekend as Christkindlmarkt.
Christkindlmarkt is an old-fashioned, German-style Christmas market that's being offered from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Lakehaven Hall, 96 Ellis St., in downtown Kewaunee. At the market, visitors can browse and shop for gift items from 30 or more artisans and craft vendors offering clothing and accessories, unique ceramic items, homemade foods and more.
The traditional Christkindlmarkt German meal − roast pork, red cabbage, sauerkraut and dumplings − will be available for those who get hungry while checking out the market. Serving as a fundraiser for the Kewaunee chamber, it will be served during market hours Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. If German food doesn't suit one's palate, other types of foods and refreshments also are for sale.
The other highlight of Christkindlmarkt weekend is the Holiday Parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18, heading from the Kewaunee Elementary School parking lot on Lincoln Street to Third Street, then north to Ellis Street (State 29), then heading east into downtown and ending at Lakehaven Hall, where the market is taking place. Chamber officials have said the Friday night post-parade crowd at the market usually is the biggest of the Christkindlmarkt weekend.
Those who would like to be part of the parade should contact the chamber and be at the Elementary School parking lot between 6 and 6:15 p.m. Nov. 18.
Children will have plenty of opportunities to see and visit with Santa Claus during the weekend. The Jolly Old Elf will be in the parade, of course, and then he'll go into Lakehaven Hall afterward to meet children and have photos taken with them. He'll be back at the market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, to once again meet the kids. Other children's holiday activities will be available as well.
Strolling for gifts, prizes
The Christmas Stroll is on for two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 25-26, encouraging gift shoppers to check out its 30 participating shops and businesses, seven more than last year, across Kewaunee County. Fourteen of the businesses are in Algoma, 10 in Kewaunee and six from Luxemburg, and they range from galleries, book stores and boutiques to wineries, bakeries, cheese shops and even the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
Shoppers can download a "passport" for the stroll from the Kewaunee chamber website or pick one up at the businesses, and their passports will be stamped at each business they visit. Those who get between eight and 25 stamps are entered in drawings to win cash prizes ranging from $25 to $200; the more stamps collected, the bigger the potential prize. Visitors also can register to win a $25 gift certificate at each business.
For those who get hungry on the stroll, Miller's Pub & Grill in Algoma and Waterfront Bar & Grill, Port O'Call and The Wildflower Supper Club, all in Kewaunee, are designated by the chamber as stroll restaurants.
For more information on Christkindlmarkt, the Holiday Parade of Lights and the Christmas Stroll, or to download a Christmas Stroll passport, call 920-388-4822 or visit kewaunee.org/christkindlmarkt.
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