(Hershey, PA) – German traditions, holiday treasures and unique shopping combine for two exciting days at The Hershey Story’s Christkindlmarkt Holiday Market & Festival on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The traditional holiday celebration will feature skilled artisans selling unique handmade items crafted from wood, textiles, stained glass, porcelain and more. Visitors can enjoy traditional German food from Café Zooka as well as scheduled German entertainment. A unique display of handmade Pennsylvania German style ornaments will also be on display.
Visitors may also view items from The Hershey Story’s notable Pennsylvania German collection. Tours of the state-of-the-art collection storage facility, highlighting Pennsylvania German pieces, will be available for an additional fee.
Admission to Christkindlmarkt is included with general admission to the Museum Experience: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7.50 for juniors. Parking is free.
The former Hershey Museum began Christkindlmarkt in 1994 as a celebration of its Pennsylvania German collection. The popular holiday event soon became a community favorite. Hershey Museum’s last Christkindlmarkt event was in 2005, as the former museum prepared for its move to Chocolate Avenue in 2008.
Worldwide, Christkindlmarkt celebrations began in the early 1500s. These markets gave local artisans the opportunity to show their work in medieval wonderlands of glowing lanterns, surrounded by the aromas of holiday fare.
The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue is located in downtown Hershey at 63 West Chocolate Avenue. Visit HersheyStory.org to learn more.