Town near Manassas to host Christtkindlmarkt

December 5, 2013 by  

Soon, Manassas Christmas devotees will be able to enjoy all things German at this year’s Loudin Valley German Society’s 6th annual Christtkindlmarkt.

Musical groups will be playing German, Celtic, Appalachian, and Austrian holiday tunes while visitors sample traditional German food such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, wienerschnitzel, gluhwein (mulled wine), artisan sweets and nuerngerger (white marjoram sausages).

Lovettsville was known simply as the ‘German Settlement’ for many years, so it is not surprising that this event emulates the markets that spring up over German-speaking European countries during the week prior to the first Sunday of Advent. The most well-known of these markets is in Bavaria’s Nuernberg, a.k.a. “Christmas City”, where over two million visitors converge every year.

Along with music and food, more than 25 crafters and local artists will be offering wood carvings, jewelry, hand-blown and painted ornaments, Gingerbread houses, German gourmet items, and holiday greenery. Children can get their hair and faces painted, enjoy two German puppet shows, and listen to the Harmony Middle School German Language students as they tell German Christmas stories.

Proceeds from the event will go to a local Cub Scout troop and other nonprofit organizations in the area.

Something many modern American may not know is that printing companies today owe their Christmas card businesses, in part, to the German contributions of the Christmas tree and notes to Santa Claus.

The Christtkindlmarkt will be held December 7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday December 8, 10:00 – 5:00pm at Lovettsville Game Protective Association, 16 South Berlin Turnpike, Lovettsville.