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Article published November 5, 2012

Christmas market slated in Harmony

Jared Stonesifer
Cranberry Eagle

HARMONY — The borough will again host thousands of tourists and shoppers Nov. 10 and 11 for the 22nd annual WeihnachtsMarkt.

An event that organizers have called a “major regional attraction,” the Christmas market offers shoppers a chance to peruse hundreds of handcrafted and imported goods as well as attend an antique show and sale.
Kathy Luek with the Historic Harmony Museum said more than 40 artisans and vendors and more than a dozen antique dealers will flock to the borough for the event.
The WeihnachtsMarkt also offers an array of German foods and refreshments as well as musical performances throughout the weekend.
“We really try to incorporate as many German traditions as we can,” Luek said. “So our event is probably the closest you’ll get to a German Christmas market unless you actually go to Germany.”
The market hours run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students and free for children younger than 6.
Admission includes all-day access to the market, the Historic Harmony museum, entertainment and wagon rides. Proceeds benefit the museum, and the event has become the largest fundraiser for the group.
While shoppers can expect to find a wide assortment of goods at the market, Luek said the WeihnachtsMarkt isn’t a typical flea market.
That’s because the artisans and vendors in attendance often demonstrate their skills to crowds while also selling their products. Those vendors were chosen for the Christmas market based on their reputation of selling high-quality goods, Luek said,
Among the items shoppers can expect to find include dolls, jewelry, wood carvings and furniture, ornaments, paintings and German-style clothing, glassware and pottery.
Shopping won’t be the only attraction in town that weekend, however.
Children will have the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, while horse-drawn wagon rides are expected to again be a popular draw for tourists. At sundown on Nov. 10, participants also are invited to carol while the borough’s Christmas tree is lit.
In addition, the borough’s specialty shops on Main, Mercer and Wood streets will be open for business during the market.