(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) You might have noticed a new storefront pop up downtown, just in time for the holidays. For the first time St. Joseph will have a Christkindl Market, a German themed holiday craft event.
“Christkindl market. It's a name for Christ-child and it’s a Christmas event that they have in Germany, so we’re renewing that market concept here in St. Joseph,” Danny Gach, market volunteer, said.
The Christkindl Market features homemade gifts, freshly baked holiday treats and traditional German music for shoppers looking to have a little fun while marking off the final names on their Christmas lists.
“We have all kinds of arts and crafts and Christmas decor. Great Christmas-giving items that would be totally unique, that you wouldn’t find in another store,” Gach said.
The storefront, owned by Max and Tammy Guenther, was donated to the market to bring a festive addition to the community and help raise funds for The Crossing Ministry.
“All the proceeds go to the crossing outreach ministry. We work with the homeless, ex-offenders and veterans in St. Joseph,” Gach said.
A percentage of all sales at the market will benefit The Crossing Outreach Ministry to provide clothing and supportive services for the homeless in St. Joseph.
While supporting The Crossing Outreach Ministry, you can also help support local youth programs. Nick Wolf from Bode Middle School will be selling baked goods at the market to raise funds for a class trip to Washington D.C.
The Girl Scouts will also be at Christkindl Market, offering crafts for children while parents shop.
While the market will only be open for a short time, Rev. Roger Lenander from First Lutheran Church says the feeling of community will get you in the holiday spirit.
“Really coming to the Christkindl market is a chance to shop and enjoy the food, but it is also to come in and be amongst people who just love being a part of a community,” Lenander said.
The Christkindl Market will reopen for holiday shoppers Saturday, December 9, and Saturday, December 16, from 8a.m. until 3 p.m.